Kiton is a luxury ready-to-wear and made-to-measure clothing company originally founded in 1956 as CIPA in Naples, Italy by Ciro Paone, a fifth-generation fabric merchant, and Antonio Carola. Launched in 1968, the Kiton brand name is a derivation of the Greek word chiton, a garment worn by the Greeks that the Romans later called a tunic. Antonio De Matteis is the CEO, and Antonio Paone is president of Kiton USA; both are nephews of the co-founder, Ciro Paone. The company's motto is ll meglio del meglio più uno ("the best of the best plus one").
In 2007, the company produced about 20,000 men's suits per year. Kiton employs about 330 tailors. Most suits take approximately 25 hours of labor, with at least 45 tailors contributing to each one.
The ready-to-wear suits retail for approximately US$ 7,000 to US $8,000, and the CIPA 1960 line, introduced in 2010, start at US$5,500; it is a capsule collection of suits made from vintage 1960s-era fabrics, which are cut with slim and contemporary silhouettes.
Among the world's most expensive suits, made to measure Kiton suits reach above US $20,000 and up to US$ 50,000 for the "K-50" line, so called because of the number of production hours per piece and the number of units produced per year.
The LASA model is a bespoke suit made entirely by a single tailor from a hand-drawn pattern. It has the unpadded shoulder and wrinkled upper sleeves characteristic of Neapolitan tailoring.
Kiton dress shirts are additionally hand finished and sell for about $1,000. Kiton sevenfold silk neckties, pocket squares, sunglasses, trousers and jeans are additionally available. Kiton's fragrances are a brand of the Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.; the collaboration began in 1995.
Kiton opened its US$40 million, New York City flagship on 54th Street in 2004, and now has stores in Toronto, Azerbaijan, China, England, France, Germany, Macau, Hong Kong, Italy, Tokyo, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan. Kiton suits can be found at luxury department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue.