Model Breakdown – Everlasting Model



This ulster-style overcoat was made for me by Sartoria Ciardi, the Neapolitan tailor, in 2020. Though I’ve had just a few items of tailoring from Ciardi up to now 5 years, that is my solely coat from them. 

It has proved to be considered one of my favourites, as a lot for the fabric because the type. The fabric is a heavy wool, the British Heat from Holland & Sherry (9819306), though it’s actually the color that has proved so profitable – a taupe that manages to be each basic and attention-grabbing, good and informal. 

The ulster type is a typical one in Naples (at the least occurring the variety of tailors who provide it by default) and fewer so amongst English tailors, who have a tendency in the direction of peak-lapelled DBs. We’ve written up to now right here in regards to the several types of coat, if you would like a refresher. 

The variations are necessary, as a result of the purpose of ‘type breakdown’ articles is to check completely different tailors’ types, however the types of coat on this new sequence may also fluctuate. As talked about in the article introducing the sequence, this may cut back the variety of factors of direct comparability, however it would additionally open up the scope of inquiry, and so hopefully make it extra attention-grabbing usually.

We are going to begin with three ulsters although, from Ciardi, Liverano and Cifonelli, so there direct comparisons will likely be potential.



Home: Sartoria Ciardi

Handle: By way of Giuseppe Fiorelli 12, Naples

Web site:

Cutter: Enzo Ciardi

Value (at time of writing): €5100 (incl VAT)

Go well with beginning value: €4000 (incl VAT)


The facet of coat design that the majority defines an ulster is its gorge line – the place the collar and lapel meet. 

On a traditional double-breasted coat, this could slope upwards and the peaked lapel could be a lot wider than the collar. On an ulster, the gorge line is horizontal and even slopes downwards, and the lapel and collar are virtually the identical width. 

This makes it simpler to put on the collar up, because the factors of the lapel are much less prone to poke the wearer beneath the chin. It’s potential to make a peak-lapelled coat that works on this method, however the ulster is simpler and is extra informal because of its patch or postbox pockets. It was initially extra of a easy coverall, and nonetheless retains a few of that really feel. 



Ulsters fluctuate in how this gorge line is lower. With the Ciardi coat, the gorge slopes very barely down, is kind of closed, and begins fairly excessive on the chest. 

We’ll see this extra clearly when now we have the context of different ulsters on this sequence, however these three issues mix to create a really specific look. The extra closed gorge on the Ciardi, as an illustration, makes it look just a little smarter to my eye. 

I additionally know some individuals want the gorge line to be extra horizontal, believing it to be extra flattering. Personally I see much less of a distinction there, however I do suppose that if it slopes downwards, it helps if it begins increased up, because the Ciardi does. 

Total, a great rule of thumb is that something that factors at – and so emphasises – the shoulder is an efficient factor. Very sloped strains like that of an excellent coat, don’t do that. 



As with most of the coats we’ll cowl, nevertheless, probably the most attention-grabbing space is the again. 

Loads of bespoke coats construct additional room and fullness into the again, to make it simpler to get on and off and to assist motion when worn. This has the knock-on impact of being somewhat flattering, with all that extra gathered beneath the belt on the waist, then flaring out within the skirt. It makes your again massive and your waist small. 

Tailors fluctuate fairly a bit in how they cope with this fullness, nevertheless. The again can have varied completely different combos of darts and field pleats (closed at each ends) and likewise some extra that’s merely left to be gathered by the belt.



Given the fame of Neapolitan tailoring for softness and casualness, you may anticipate the Ciardi to be fairly easy. However it’s really pretty sophisticated. 

Like a Florentine coat, the Ciardi has one lengthy pleat that runs all the way in which down the size of the again. However it then has two further field pleats within the center, one on both facet. These pleats finish in 5cm darts, somewhat than merely being tacked closed. And the central pleat doesn’t finish beneath the belt, as is extra ordinary, however in step with these decrease darts, across the stage of the hips.

I ought to say that in my expertise, the assorted methods of ending the again don’t make a lot distinction to consolation. A very powerful factor is how a lot fullness there may be to start with, after which how lengthy and deep that central pleat is. What’s finished both facet makes little distinction. So we’re largely speaking about aesthetic factors. 



A technique wherein the Ciardi is kind of easy – however nonetheless uncommon – is the development of the collar. 

The collar is solely one piece of fabric folded over, the place most have some type of insert on the again to provide it form. And there’s no dart or lower beneath both.

As with the remainder of the type breakdown sequence, I labored with a tailor to analyse these sorts of technical particulars, they usually highlighted this level. With out both the insert or a lower beneath the collar, a variety of ironwork is required to form it. 

And that ironwork needs to be very exact, as you need to create a curve that completely meets the road of the lapel on both facet. That you must work it in levels, letting the fabric dry out between every one to see the place it settles. 



Elsewhere, the issues that give the coat persona are its curved breast pocket, very pure sleevehead, and two strains of sewing across the edges. Like the remainder of the ending, this stitching is sweet by Neapolitan requirements however actually not as neat as English or North Italian tailors. 

There’s additionally the turnback cuff, which opts to have its seam on the within somewhat than the surface of the sleeve. That you must choose one, and most tailors go for the surface, as we will discover in subsequent items. The Ciardi method does have the benefit of constructing the cuff look cleaner, nevertheless. 

The following coat on this sequence will likely be my Liverano Ulster, in per week’s time. For extra on the background to this sequence, together with how the measurements beneath are taken, see the introduction right here. The entire Model Breakdown sequence might be seen right here

Different images of this coat (together with with collar up) right here.



Model breakdown

  • Shoulder width: 6½ inches
  • Shoulder padding: None
  • Sleevehead: Pure
  • Lapel width: 6 inches (DB ulster, so flat)
  • Collar width (at gorge): 3½ inches
  • Gorge peak: 3 inches
  • Outbreast pocket peak: 12½  inches (shoulder seam to backside of pocket welt)
  • Buttoning level: 19 inches
  • Wrap (distance between waist buttons): 4 inches
  • Again size: 46 inches

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