The "Barchetta" or boat chest pocket

Let's take a closer look to the term of Barchetta pocket, a frequently used word when speaking about neapolitan tailoring.

The Barchetta pocket is a common tailor detail from Italy and specifically Naples. The word "Barchetta" is Italian for "small boat" and describes how the pocket floats on the chest, gently angled upwards, like a sailboat. Most machine-made suits, on the other hand, have chest pockets with a more punched, rectangular shape.

In our opinion the Barchetta gives an elegance that may seem lacking in its punched, straight brothers. The upward curve of the pocket reflects the sweep of the lapels as they form a v-shape from the buttoning to the chest.