A successful family enterprise that became an international business model. That is ISAIA, the Neapolitan high-end menswear firm.
ISAIA was founded in Naples in the 1920s thanks to the intuition of Enrico Isaia, forefather of the family, who opened a fabrics store for the most renowned tailors in town. In later years, Enrico set up a small workshop next to the store, where skilled craftsmen made tailor-made men's clothing.
In 1957 the brothers Enrico, Rosario and Corrado Isaia Moved the business to Casalnuovo, a village near Napoli where half of the residents were professional tailors. Within a decade Isaia became a veritable tailoring company and produced high quality garments for the most prestigious Italian shops.
In the early 1980s, as the brand gained recognition and the new and more aggressive business strategies, Isaia began a process of industrialization and internationalization, which led to distribution of its products abroad: in Europe, Japan, China and America.
The Isaia man is like Naples. He knows how to go beyond shared definitions and stereotypical clichés. Passionate, sophisticated, irreverent, eclectic and elegant, style for him is a matter of instinct. Dynamic, classic, contemporary, and ever-changing, he is always searching for his own style. He believes in uniqueness and his clothing expresses the most harmonious, simple and natural representation of his personality. His spontaneous, magnetic and natural elegance is tailor-made around his individuality.
Isaia's history and success are based on the concept of made in Naples, a value meant both as neapolitan tailoring tradition and as exclusive product knowledge, esteemed around the world.
A value that is rooted in the company's DNA and in that of all the people who are a part of it, as some have been for generations. In fact, Isaia produces its garments only and exclusively in Italy, at Casalnuovo di Napoli, subjecting them to severe quality checks during the many step of production.
The brand's success is due to its ability to reinterpret the concept of history and to combine tradition with innovation, the sartorial culture of needle and thread with cutting-edge technologies, while constantly innovating its style.
"I literally grew up with fabric around me. My mother was a seamstress and my father was the business development manager of a woolen mill, which also made clothing. So in other words, I grew up 'a pane e tessuti' (eating bread with fabrics)."
- Leonardo Genova