Contemporary tailoring merging sartorial expertise with casual vibes
Sant’Andrea is the creation of fifth generation textile producer, Luca Trabaldo Togna. In 2006, when Togna took over the St. Andrews clothing factory and re-christened it Sant’Andrea, his intention was to introduce a tailored, Milanese cut suit. Different from the well known Neapolitan and Roman tailors who figure prominently in the world of bespoke, the Milanese styled suit by Sant’Andrea offers a more structured and traditional cut, often favored by young bankers and businessmen who appreciate a slimmer, more contemporary shape with an athletic fit. Sant’Andrea was the first company to offer the ‘Estrato’, a stretch wool and cashmere style that’s entirely hand made with fabrics from the Trabaldo Togna textile mill.
The same mill also owns and produces John Cavendish, the venerable British fabric maker that supplies all the traditional English cashmere, super 180 and 200 wool fabrics, used to produce Sant’Andrea suits. Nestled in the Marche, where Trabaldo Togna’s manufacturing company is based, a Sant’Andrea suit is entirely made by hand and retains the mark of the cutters and craftsmen who created it. This special stamp is neither that of an artist or the affiliation to the brand’s name, but the seal of an ancient production method and execution reinterpreted with a modern twist. In keeping with the long tradition of artisanal craft and heritage, Sant’Andrea’s evolution in men’s tailoring, and the development of techniques and fabrics is tantamount to perfection.
Sant’Andrea has had a presence in the US since 2018, when chief executive, Pierluigi Canevelli presided over the opening of a charming space dubbed the Gentlemen’s Room. Like the Milan showroom in legendary Via Bagutta, the space offers private clients the opportunity to experience the creation of their tailored suit. Each private client is invited to witness tailors cutting fabrics, sewing and ironing the suits right in front of their eyes. The space is furbished with noteworthy designs, like a Taccia lamp by Achille Castiglioni, a peacock blue velvet sofa by Gio Ponti, and an impressive 70s tapestry by Afro Basaldella.
In keeping with the brand’s reverence for elegance, the space’s interior design references the tones and textures so prevalent in the collections. To compliment its bespoke suiting, Sant’Andrea also offers seasonal ready-to-wear collections that include timeless three-piece pinstripe suits with shrunken proportions, as well as a wool parka-style overcoats lined with cashmere that have an enduring appeal. For spring Sant’Andrea relies on its inventive and tailored approach to unlined and half lined suiting, which guarantee a perfect fit without requiring any reinforcement on the shoulders.
This deconstructed style allows greater ease in a casual interpretation of formal wear that is yet another testimonial of Sant’Andrea’s sartorial expertise. With many fabrics to choose from as well as colored silk accents and knitwear, and silk and linen blends, the range and appeal of the offering always looks impeccably refined. Available in approximately 200 retailers worldwide, Sant’Andrea is also distributed through select wholesale channels in Northern Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, which is among the best performing markets. The U.S. market remains one of the company’s top priorities.