Ciro Paone was born in Naples in 1933; he came from a family of fabric dealers who had been operating for five generations. 35 years later, this innate passion gave rise to the Kiton project; it had the ambitious aim of affirming the values of elegance and bel vestire – characteristic of Neapolitan haute couture – around the world.
Year after year, from a small artisan workshop composed of 40 master tailors, and with the quality and uniqueness of its handcrafted creations, Kiton grew and conquered the foreign markets: first Germany, then France, the UK and Russia until 1986 when Kiton approached the US market, founding the Kiton Corporation with its head office on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
In the following years, Kiton expanded its horizons toward the Far Eastern markets, paving its way by opening flagship stores in China and Korea.
Starting from the research and the creation of the first tailored garments for men, Kiton then concentrated its efforts on the shirt and tie product lines, made entirely by hand from the finest habrics. It was then a short step which led Kiton to enhance its offer and provide its client with a complete range of products. Indeed, this aim inspired the creation of the shoe, knitwear, eyewear, and womenswear lines.