Even though Ōsaka is traditionally deemed the “nation’s kitchen” (天下の台所 tenka no daidokoro), after visiting the Coccinella atelier, it becomes clear that the city has other hidden treasures in addition to being the food capital.
The atelier, with the full name of “Coccinella Bottega del Sarto”, (in English – the tailor’s workshop) was established in 1956. when Mr. Yoshimura decided to create a studio in the centre of Osaka.
Over the years, the volume of business grew and the studio was handed down through the generations, and it is currently run by Mr Takashi Chujo, who is married to the granddaughter of Mr. Yoshimura.
“Today, the style is very different from the original one”, they confirm in the Osaka studio, “and our inspiration comes from Florence, because the Florentine style represents a midway between
the rigorous lines of Milan and the softness of Naples.”
No darts on the front, soft, slightly sloping shoulders and a hint of roundedness at the front, a symbol of the typical “cutaway style” in Florentine tailoring.
And so, in a small atelier in Osaka, tucked away between a ramen bar and a city building dating from 2003, an original style is born which recognisably merges the typical Italian lines
with the attention to detail and precision always associated with the Land of the Rising Sun.