You may have read once an article we did with the then cutter from Francesco Smalto in Paris. His name was Victor Hugo da Costa and you can read that article here . Sadly, on Saturday, the famed Parisian tailor Smalto passed away, aged 87.
Although there are many stories that float around about some of the more dubious things that were requested of Smalto over the years as a tailor, one thing is for sure, his clothes never lacked quality fabric, make and construction and were never short on details. And, even if you could not afford the price tags, entering the Rue Francois 1st store, across the road from Zilli, was always an enjoyable experience just to see what the rich, famous and powerful were wearing that season. In his time he dressed actor Roger Moore, French President François Mitterrand, King Hassan II of Morocco and to my understanding, a number of African dictators.
Read the Le Monde article here
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