ANGELO GALASSO’s signature Polso Orologio (watch cuff) shirt is the pioneering design now synonymous with the brand itself. Inspired by former Fiat President and style icon Gianni Agnelli, who was forced to wear his watch over the shirt cuff due to a metal allergy, its striking signature feature is the cut-out cuff that allows the wearer to showcase a statement timepiece.
Every ANGELO GALASSO shirt undergoes 85 different stages in its manufacturing process and is made entirely by hand, in keeping with traditional Italian methods of fabric selection, sewing technique and assembly procedure. Each shirt is constructed using ten stitches to the centimetre, with the penultimate buttonhole always horizontal, to achieve a streamlined look. The cuff is 12 cm long and lined with pure cotton, specially strengthened to prevent creasing. The entire shirt is sewn using the French seam method whereby the raw edges of the fabric are fully enclosed for a neater appearance. A tribute to old tailoring traditions lies in the slight pleat of the shoulder line – a unique feature of a hand-made shirt. Gussets – triangular pieces of cloth – are sewn on both sides of the shirt, bringing more breadth to its shape and providing the highest level of comfort for the wearer.
In 2004, the Polso Orologio shirt was exhibited at the Design Museum in London, recognising Angelo Galasso’s creations as works of art and timeless design.