The Top 5 Italian Brands
Have a look at our favorite Italian fashion brands.
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Roberto Cavalli, Italian fashion designer, born 1940 in Florence. The Italian designer is widely known for the very exotic prints in his collections which can be found in his main line ‘Roberto Cavalli’ as well as his two side collections ‘RC menswear’ and ‘Just Cavalli‘. The latter is Cavallis newest invention which he launched in 1998 with the intention to cater to a younger crowd. Cavalli started his professional career at age 30, presenting his first namesake prêt-à-porter collection in Paris. Two years later, in 1972, he opened his first flagship boutique in Saint-Tropez. By today, the brand has evolved to a multimillion fashion conglomerate selling everything from clothes to accessories and fragrances.
Giuseppe Zanotti, Italian shoe designer, born in 1957. In 1994, Zanotti felt the need to create styles without any bounds, so he bought the Vicini shoe factory, where he devoted his time to designing and manufacturing his own shoes. Zanotti saw that factory as something more akin to a fashion house set up to meet the needs of every woman’s foot, and not as an industrial concern that mass produces tedious shoes. In 2000, the designer’s first collection was presented in New York, where buyers immediately welcomed his talent of making remarkable jewel shoes. Zanotti still remains as one of the best high-end shoe designer.
3_Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana, Italian-born designer duo. Domenico Dolce, born 1958 in Sicily and Stefano Gabbana, born 1962 in Venice. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana founded their fashion house in 1985 by combining their last names. Today, the luxury fashion label distinguishes two main collections: ‘Dolce & Gabbana’ and ‘D & G collection’. The latter is a more flamboyant but casual line, inspired mostly by urban streetstyle and adressing a younger target group. Both collections offer a full palette of women’s and men’s ready-to-wear clothing supplemented by footwear, handbags, sunglasses and watches. As of 2012, Dolce & Gabbana started to add a couture line to their overall brand collection.
Herno, Italian fashion label, founded 1948 by Giuseppe Marenzi. Herno started off as a small brand selling men’s raincoats, designed by Giuseppe Marenzi with the support of his wife. Soon the brand also started producing women’s raincoats and in the 1970’s jackets, dresses and coats were added. In the 1990’s Herno started producing for other high-end brands such as Armani, Hermes and Ralph Lauren and later on collaborated with some of these brands, providing high-tech fabrics. Herno was one of the first Italian fashion brands to expand to Japan and has further expanded internationally. The brand today is known for its tradition combined with classic cuts, modern details and high-tech fabrics. Herno continues to sell high-end outerwear.
Etro, Italian fashion and textile brand, founded 1968 by Gimmo Etro. Etro started off as a textile producer, making extravagant fabrics with new designs and colors. In the 1980’s Etro started producing a limited range of leather goods such as handbags, accessories, cashmere scarves and ties and started selling those internationally. In 1994, Etro first showed a fashion collection at Milan Fashion Week and has since expanded largely due to great success with currently over 750 employees, though the company remains a family business. Etro is known for a generous use of vibrant colors and patterns such as paisley, which they are more well known for.
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