As Canali arrives at CityCenterDC, the tailoring titan’s new creative consultant, Andrea Pompilio, plans to step up the District’s suiting game.
In a city full of three-button suits and microprint ties, every man’s outfit is his calling card, and the men of Capitol Hill are getting a well-tailored leg up with the opening of Italian menswear boutique Canali at CityCenterDC.
For more than 80 years, the name Canali has been synonymous with impeccable Italian craftsmanship, luxury fabrics, and, most of all, a unique custom tailoring experience. But newly tapped creative consultant Andrea Pompilio is pushing the envelope for the historic brand with his penchant for patterns and inventive takes on classic pieces that are so adored by fans of his eponymous label, which he launched in 2010. Pompilio’s Canali represents “a unique intersection between heritage and innovation,” he says. “It’s the art of tailoring intertwined f lawlessly with an aesthetic that reacts and caters for today’s lifestyle.”
“DC is full of discerning clients—gentlemen looking for elegant and understated ways of expressing themselves.” —Andrea Pompilio
In the District, that lifestyle may lean towards conservative attire, but the designer’s cuttingedge creativity is impressively wearable. “DC is full of discerning clients,” says Pompilio, “gentlemen looking for elegant and understated ways of expressing themselves through exquisite tailoring and premium quality garments.” Pompilio’s personal favorite from the Spring 2015 collection is a vibrant tangerine nubuck car coat, but for those who prefer the understated in their everyday expressions, the designer recommends a well-chosen pocket square—“never matched to the tie!”—or a colorful pair of socks. Ultimately, Pompilio’s goal when designing for the modern man, he says, is “to create versatile and interchangeable pieces that combine craftsmanship, comfort, performance, and elegance.”
Such versatility is exactly what Washingtonians will find at the 1,600-square-foot boutique, which is divided into two spaces—each dedicated to different aspects of the Canali collections, from formal attire to premium sportswear and accessories. The brand’s emphasis on all things Italian—the company regards the phrase “Made in Italy” as more of a mantra than a label in a T-shirt—is appropriately reflected in the store’s interior design, from imported marble and precious timbers to backlit etched glass panels featuring the signature Canali texture, adding a sense of modernity and lightness to the space. The boutique is certainly a jewel in CityCenterDC’s crown, alongside such forthcoming high-end heavy hitters as Dior, Hermès, David Yurman, and Louis Vuitton.
But when it comes to attention to detail, Canali distinguishes itself with its made-to-measure tailoring experience, Su Misura. It begins with a thorough consultation with a Master Tailor focused on the client’s tastes and needs, followed by a fitting that hits upon the cuts and shapes that best suit the client’s posture and lifestyle. Clients then choose from a selection of 500-plus fabrics and any number of finishes, from buttons to belt loops. The result: a one-of-a-kind suit complete with each customer’s name embroidered on the label.
Such a commitment to distinctive tailoring has always been at the core of the Canali brand, and is a passion Pompilio shares. “Canali and Andrea Pompilio have many things in common, from a love of fine handcraft and detail to a determination to achieve extraordinary quality,” he says. “It’s any designer’s dream.” 978 I St. NW; 202-545-6579