Claude Rousseau was the tailor of the Parisian elites. Trained by Joseph Camps himself, he became one of his master cutters, along Francesco Smalto and Henri Urban. Claude Rousseau was considered by Smalto to be the best cutter. The King of Morocco, Hassan II, wanted Rousseau to be his personal tailor, but Joseph Camps refused, fearing Claude Rousseau would open his own atelier. This is exactly what Francesco Smalto did in 1962, along with Camps best salesmen and most of the clientele (including Hassan II). Claude Rousseau would do the same thing in 1967 and opened his atelier Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, not far from another excellent Parisian tailor, Max Evzeline. He instantly found success, proposing beautiful suits, coats and blazer to business tycoons, politicians, and other prominent public figures. Some of his clients included the Bouygues family (both Francis and Martin Bouygues), Vincent Bolloré, Prime Minister Edouard Balladur (during his presidential campaign) and Ariel Wizman. Claude Rousseau was obsessed with details, notably the stitching, the buttonholes, and his fly on coats and sportcoats (also known as arrowheads). He was renowned for the precision of the cut of his double-breasted suit, probably the finest in the world. He was decorated in 1997 with the Ciseaux d'Or (Golden Scissors, the equivalent of the Golden Shears on Savile Row) for his incredible work. After 40 years of working in tailoring, he decided to retire in the early 2000's. His current shop Rue Marbeuf was then merged with Cifonelli, who bought his different designs and patterns. Cifonelli still uses his method to make certain double-breasted suits and shoulders if the client wishes to. I propose an incredible navy blue basketweave blazer with gold buttons made by Claude Rousseau in 2005. It is the perfect blazer for all seasons and a staple of any respectable wardrobe. It is quite warm, due to a percentage of cashmere in the fabric. It belonged to french magnate Martin Bouygues, CEO of Bouygues. The blazer features his monogram in the lining along with the date. As always with Claude Rousseau, it is fully handmade, from the lining to the buttonholes, from the shoulder to the collar. It features his signature drop pocket, the "C" stitching indicative of a Camps alumni in the lining, strong cigarette shoulders and an astonishing level of details in the stitching. It is also probably one of the last blazer Claude Rousseau made after Cifonelli bought the shop. The conditions is excellent. The blazer is best fitted for someone with a strong 42UK/52FR or a slim 44UK/54FR size, around 1m85. Here are the measurements Shoulders: 48cm Sleeve length: 61cm (with 6cm of fabric to let out) Chest: 57cm Waist at button: 56cm Jacket length: 85cm (collar included, with 5cm of fabric to let out) Lapels: 9cm Quality similar to the following bespoke houses: - In France: Camps de Luca, Cifonelli, Francesco Smalto, Arnys, Lanvin Mesure, Urban, Max Evzeline, Opelka, Kenjiro Suzuki - In Italy: Caraceni (Augusto or Domenico), Rubinacci, Dalcuore, Panico - In England: Anderson & Sheppard, Henry Poole, Huntsman & Sons, Nutters of Savile Row, Chittleborough & Morgan, Richard Anderson, Meyer & Mortimer Possibly to try it in Paris 15th Arrondissement.
UK size: 38
Patterns: Pinstripes, Herringbone
Length: Long, Regular
Colour: Blue, Grey, Orange