The Portofino Linen Shirt: Crafting Excellence

    The millennial history of linen defined human culture, thanks to its natural breathability and durability, which made it a formidable garment untouched by fashion trends, exuding elegance in all its forms.

    Over the centuries, artisans learned how to master and refine this precious textile, making it the epitome of timeless class through clothes that speak of creativity, culture, and dedication to sartorial excellence.

    Inspired by the rich Italian tradition of working with the best fabrics in the world, Luca Faloni forged partnerships with the most experienced local artisans to bring to life a linen shirt that reflects the unique Italian heritage.

    The story of our Portofino Linen Shirt is grounded on local know-how and craftsmanship but with an eye on the future, embracing the values of sustainability and uttermost quality that transforms Portofino into a work of art and manifesto of excellence.

    Linen Culture

    Northern Italy is home to some of the oldest textile mills in Europe. For centuries, crafting the perfect garment was a family business, with precious knowledge passed on from one generation to the next, refining a unique craft in a thriving culture of local tradition and heritage.

    Over the years, Luca Faloni has partnered with local mills and artisans who honour the tradition of their craft and source materials of the highest quality worldwide. For the Portofino Linen Shirt, we collaborate with one of the most respected mills in Italy, which relies on five generations of textile excellence and a passion for innovation to redefine the modern Made in Italy.

    With 140 years of experience in crafting the best fabrics, combined with a global vision to magnify the uniqueness of Italian tradition, our partners help us bring our creations to life, adding their expertise and artistry to a garment designed to last a lifetime.

    Portofino Paramontura Collar

    Featuring Luca Faloni’s signature "Paramontura" collar, the Portofino exudes class and elegance in any environment. The collar is cut from a single piece of fabric, extending through the front torso and creating a placket. 

    As a result, the collar can stand on its own and create a cleaner and refined sartorial effect. Made using pure Italian linen and crafted in Northern Italy by combining tradition and innovative techniques, the Portofino is Luca Faloni’s way of celebrating the exceptional heritage of Italian craftsmanship.

    Mother-of-pearl Buttons

    The iridescence of mother-of-pearl buttons adorning the Portofino enhances the qualities of our linen shirt. Carved from oyster shells, the Australian mother of pearl used for the Portofino is highly durable and creates a mesmerising display of intricate patterns and swirls, evoking nature’s inherent beauty. 

    The smooth and cool touch of the mother-of-pearl against the crisp linen fabric adds a touch of elegance and sophistication. These buttons elevate the aesthetic allure of the shirt, instilling a sense of luxury and refinement.

    Giglio Stitching

    This unique stitching technique represents the embodiment of Italian sartorial tradition, enhancing the exclusive feel of the mother-of-pearl buttons and creating an evocative fleur motif surrounding them. 

    Resistant and pleasant to the touch, the Giglio stitching is a distinctive feature of Luca Faloni’s garments, which requires skilled hands and adds a subtle yet elegant detail to our Portofino shirt.


    The Portofino Linen Shirt: A Classic in Motion

    Since its inception, Luca Faloni has aimed to bring to life everlasting garments, using exclusive materials and working with the most prestigious Italian producers. Our linen line is one we’re particularly proud of because linen is the perfect material to enhance the timeless designs we create every day.

    With its unique softness and breathability, linen is an environmentally friendly, luxurious material whose production dates back to 3000 BC. It's considered one of the most prestigious textiles because it's exceptionally durable and absorbent, making it ideal for warm weather.

    Our linen shirts celebrate the uniqueness of Italian tradition by combining the craftsmanship of its masters with designs that will never get outdated. Here’s the story of one of our most renowned linen designs: the Portofino shirt.

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    Linen: The Beautifully Enigmatic Material for the Summer

    When it comes to staying cool in summer heat, whilst maintaining elegance, linen is king. Despite this, it remains a surprisingly rare material, especially in menswear. In part, this is due to its higher cost compared to cotton, but also because linen polarises opinion due to its propensity to crease.

    The sartorial history of the Anglosphere is somehow opposed to creases, which are anathema to the rigidly suited style associated with traditional gentlemen. Yet as swathes of discerning Italian and French men have proved, a slightly crumpled effect can be a nonchalantly sophisticated look in warmer climates.

    It just requires knowing the properties of linen and how to get the most out of this fine material. In this article, we briefly explore the history of linen, its excellent properties and how best to wear it.

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    Linen Masters: From Flax Field to Cloth

    Excellent garments have stories to tell. Their rich texture embodies the passion and knowledge of generations, and the class they exude is a celebration of the virtues of craftsmen who dedicated their lives to bringing to life clothes of the finest quality.

    Linen is a textile that’s defined the history of menswear, thanks to its unique properties and the deep-rooted connection with humanity, which have used flax fibres to create fabrics since the dawn of time.

    Creating the perfect linen clothes is a process that requires knowledge handed down from generation to generation, experienced hands, and a vision: to craft a timeless garment of uncompromising quality.

    Over the years, Luca Faloni has developed unique partnerships with artisans and mills in Italy, sharing our same passion for linen excellence. The resulting synergy of Italian heritage and inventiveness is what enhances the qualities of our permanent collection, and today we’ll look at the journey every flax fibre must take to become a magnificent linen cloth.

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