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Arnys and impeccable tailoring

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At the initiative of Jankel Grimbert early in the 20th century, the Grimbert family opened a tailoring establishment in Paris on Place de l'Opéra. The business rapidly flourished and in 1933 the firm changed its name to Arnys and moved from the Right Bank to 14 Rue de Sèvres in the Saint-Germain-des Près district known for its lively bohemian culture, which proved more in keeping with the bold Arnys spirit.

In the ensuing decades, business and political leaders, writers and men active in the arts happily convened at 14 Rue de Sèvres, giving it the air of an informal gentlemen's club, from which women were not totally excluded. Because some women were determined to accompany their men to assist in choosing a fabric or the style of a suit.

They know that the firm's virtuoso tailors are unique in their ability to make the perfect suit.

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Le Corbusier, the French architect, remained a most memorable client. He entered the store one morning in 1947 and requested a jacket for city wear to be custom-made. It had to be elegant yet soft and casual, enabling him to work and giving him complete freedom of movement. In response, Léon Grimbert was inspired by the traditional jacket worn by gamekeepers in the Sologne region and created the Forestière. The original version was made in black ribbed velvet. It went on to become an icon.

14 Rue de Sèvres is a gathering place for French politicians, actors, television and fashion personalities. These illustrious clients know that at Arnys they will find unrivalled tailoring combined with elegance that is never ostentatious. They know that the firm's virtuoso tailors are unique in their ability to make the perfect suit. And in particular, they enjoy the confidence of belonging to an exclusive club of insiders.A club, a rich history, and a character often comparable to the House of Berluti. Because, like Arnys, Berluti is renowned for drawing illustrious men to its stores. From Warhol to Truffaut, Jean Cocteau and Marcello Mastroianni, they all are part of the history of a house known for its elegant, independent take on style.

Behind an impeccable, timeless elegance, Arnys has always enjoyed and offered its characteristically bold touch.

Behind an impeccable, timeless elegance, Arnys has always enjoyed and offered its characteristically bold touch. How best to describe it? Discreet and subtle. And here again the Arnys and Berluti have a common thread. Both play with the codes, give them a different twist, and thoroughly enjoy themselves.

Just as at Berluti, the break with tradition often comes through color. Beyond gray and navy, bordeaux, green, yellow and orange are favorites. The fabrics used by both houses are always luminous and vivid. They are combined with panache and liveliness. Boldness also comes through in the unique details. The lining of a garment often conceals a surprise. Sometimes, the surprise is in the choice of buttons, the placement of elbow patches or the print of a tie. At Berluti, the boldness is also found in the choices made by Alessandro Sartori, who, together with the craftsmen in the workshops, creates inspiring collections for the Grande Mesure fully bespoke suits. These collections include garments previously reserved for ready-to-wear, such as jeans, a safari jacket or a trenchcoat. The imprint of an individualistic spirit.

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