Located onVia Roma 38 in Genova, Finollo is not only one of the most expensive tie & shirtmakers in Italy, but probably in the world.
For more than a century, Finollo has always provided excellent service and quality as well as the exclusivity that enables them to charge extraordinary prices.
Of course, they can also present a remarkable client-roster. It bears the names of style icons such as the Duke of Windsor, Aristotle Onassis, Gianni Agnelli and Rainier III, Prince of Monaco among their customers.
Apparently, Agnelli would often send them his white tie marcella shirt since no one else could iron and starch them the way he liked it. Today, his grandson Lapo Elkann is one of Finollo’s patrons.
Finollo – A Family Business
Remarkably, the shop is still family owned and managed by Daniela Finollo, her husband Roberto Linke, and their daughter. While Daniela works together with a number of seamstresses in the Finollo workshop at Piazza Lavagna, Mr. Linke and their daughter spend their time in the showroom on Via Roma designing ties and shirts in addition to managing the store.
Hand Embroidered Ties
One of Finollo’s specialties is the embroidery of ties, especially for yacht clubs like YCI, Circolo del Remo e della Vela Italia(Oar & Sail Club Italy), Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Circolo Canottieri Napoli (Naples Rowing Club) as well as for the America’s cup and the Olympic Committee.
Back in the day, Finollo used a very thin silk thread for the embroidery, which required three and a half hours to complete. Of course, the result was simply superb. Nowadays, the embroidery is done with a thicker cotton thread which brings the time for the embroidery down to just 20 minutes.
Since Genova is located by the sea and has a port, the store’s favorite embroidered items revolve around sea themes. Popular items are compass roses, sailing boats, sirens, and sea horses. Since Mr. Linke has a strong affinity for sailing, he always makes sure that the embroidered boat has the sails corresponding to the day’s wind direction.
Despite the switch from silk to cotton embroidery, it is still a difficult profession, and hence, it seems impossible to find young people who are willing to learn the craft of embroidery.
Should you ever make it to Genova, you should definitely stop by their store. If you can’t make it, take a look at the tie selection of Fort Belvedere, which is great as well.
In the following video about Finollo, you will be able to admire their beautiful store and traditional methods of Italian craftsmanship.Finollo
Via Roma 38
16121 Genova, Italy
Tel: +39 (0)10 562 073
Hours: Tue-Sat 8:30am – 12:30pm, 3:30pm – 7:30pm