Mens

Versace, 2 Chainz Collaborate on Chain Reaction Sneaker, RTW Capsule

MILAN — Versace is collaborating with 2 Chainz on a new “2 Chain Reaction” sneaker. In addition, a men’s ath-leisure capsule collection designed with the American rapper will be available exclusively in the U.S.
The shoes will be presented in Atlanta, the hip-hop star’s hometown, during the weekend of Feb. 1, which is Super Bowl weekend. The game will be played Feb. 3 in Atlanta.
Characterized by the sneakers’ staple chain-link sole, Versace’s Grecian frieze, and braille lettering, the shoes introduce an embossed croc Neoprene collar with dual zip closure. The zippers are connected by a nylon strap for ease and functionality.

2 Chainz wearing the Chain Reaction sneakers designed in collaboration with Versace
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The collaboration will launch in a pop-up boutique in Atlanta’s Wish Gallery Feb.1 to 3 and on versace.com. The sneaker will be dropping in the Versace Phipps Plaza boutique that week and become globally available on Feb. 8.
The limited-edition sneakers come in a branded box and bag featuring the “2 Chain Reaction” logo.
Born Tauheed Epps, 2 Chainz is also the founder of apparel brand CEO Millionaires, which in 2016 teamed with Julieanna Goddard, also known as Yes Julz on Snapchat.
In November, 2 Chainz released the two-song EP “Hot Wings Are a Girl’s Best

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Ralph Lauren Creates Heatable Moon Jackets

Last year was a big one for Ralph Lauren. The designer celebrated his 50th anniversary with a number of memorable moments that included a celebrity-laden runway show in Central Park, special anniversary capsule collections and even throwing out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium.
It also marked a continuation of the company’s association with the Olympic Games, where it once again dressed the American team for the opening and closing ceremonies.
The looks that the athletes wore in South Korea last winter were the starting point for a new wearable technology program that is being introduced this week.
“It all started with the Olympics,” said David Lauren, chief innovation officer of Ralph Lauren. The patriotic puffer jackets that the company created for the athletes turned out to be quite popular among the participants and the few consumers that were able to get their hands on the “handful” of pieces the company made available to the public.
“We got tons of calls,” Lauren said. “And they were selling on eBay for $8,000.”
In addition to looking cool, the jackets also heated up to keep the athletes warm during their time outdoors.
And now, Ralph Lauren is producing the jackets commercially and infusing them with an updated heating component

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Highlights From the Fall Offering at Pitti Uomo

BRUNELLO CUCINELLI

Brunello Cucinelli
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Designer: Brunello Cucinelli
Inspiration: The luxury label found the inspiration for its new collection in the elegance of the Fifties. Calling the lineup “Gentleman at Ease,” Cucinelli offered a relaxed take on classic tailoring. The brand, which this season enlarged its booth at Pitti Uomo, returned the focus to its wide offering of suits, which ranged from effortless-chic styles targeting the new generation of men to evening options. In keeping with this renewed attention on suits, Cucinelli recently introduced in key stores a made-to-measure program that enables shoppers to create customized tailoring styles while experiencing the brand’s Italian lifestyle in dedicated areas offering high-end facilities and services.
Key Styles: In the suiting range, while jackets were cut close to the body, Fifties-inspired high-waisted pants with double pleats were among a selection of wider, comfortable silhouettes. Fabrics spanned from traditional wools and cashmeres to flannels, corduroy and velvet. Knitwear took center stage with cozy crewneck and V-neck sweaters, sometimes embellished with sporty-chic tennis details that showed rich melange effects. The color palette focused on neutral tones of gray, blue and beige, enriched with accents of warm dark red and deep purple hues. — Alessandra Turra

Z ZEGNA

ZZegna
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Designer: Alessandro Sartori
Inspiration: Innovation was

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Meet P448, the Sneaker Brand Wayne Kulkin Is Betting On

MILAN — If you think the sneaker trend is about to end, think twice.
Wayne Kulkin, former vice chairman and chief executive officer at Stuart Weitzman, who oversaw the label’s global expansion during a 26-year tenure, is among the latest executives to have thrown his hat into the sneaker ring.
In 2017, he teamed up with Hilco Global’s chairman and ceo Jeffrey Hecktman to form StreetTrend LLC, a holding company focused on bringing Italian heritage and craftsmanship to the sneaker arena. He soon identified P448, an Italian niche sneaker brand founded in 2014 by Marco Samorè and Andrea Curti, as a label with great potential.
“It’s an oversaturated market, but on the other hand, there’s a complete casualization. I don’t think this is going to change and [we will] go back to men wearing suits and ties and women wearing dresses all day long, so this trend is here to stay. It’s comfortable, it feels good, it’s easy to wear and cool.”

A P448 sneaker style.
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After helping to expand the label’s global retail network by signing an exclusive distribution and marketing agreement with P448 in 2017, Kulkin deepened his commitment to the brand by acquiring a stake in the company last summer.
In July 2018, StreetTrend

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Italy’s Men’s Sales, Exports Grow in 2018, Brands Support MFW

MILAN — Trade policies, Brexit uncertainties, social protests in France and European political elections are factors that could influence the economy this year, but Brunello Cucinelli is unwavering: “Of one thing I am sure: it’s not true that men don’t want to buy, I don’t believe this at all.” With “at least three different posts” on social media per day, men “must change depending on the occasion. We take more care of our looks because we will be posted. It’s a new way of life,” he argued.
Figures released by Centro Studi of fashion industry association Confindustria Moda support this positive take — even 2019 is seen as “stable” compared with 2018 and showing “limited dynamism,” based on the spring 2019 orders. That said, the Italian men’s wear industry is expected to report 2018 sales of 9.44 billion euros, up 1.5 percent compared with 2017.
Men’s wear accounts for 17.5 percent of Italy’s textile and fashion revenues and 27.9 percent of all apparel. The first half of 2018 was particularly brisk, with exports up 5.5 percent, but business slowed starting last summer. Consumer spending in Italy was defined by the association as “one of the worst [since] 2013.” However, 2018 year-end figures

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Perry Ellis Brand Names Zuckerman President

Perry Ellis International has made its first major move since going private at the end of last year.
On Thursday, the company named Jason Zuckerman, former Calvin Klein wholesale president, to be president of its flagship Perry Ellis men’s division. In that role, he will oversee sales, planning and merchandising to drive the overall growth of the brand. He will be based at the company’s offices in New York and will report to Oscar Feldenkreis, chief executive officer and president of PEI.
He succeeds Melissa Worth who had been president of the Perry Ellis division since 2017. She resigned in December, Feldenkreis said.
“Jason is a well-seasoned veteran with a vast knowledge of the industry,” he said. “We’re excited to have him join us and help us grow the brand.”
Zuckerman has a long history in the men’s wear industry, having spent the past 14 years with PVH Corp. He served most recently as president of the wholesale division of Calvin Klein and has also held roles that include senior vice president of sales for Izod Sportswear and Golf, and executive vice president of strategy and business development for Speedo. During his time at PVH, Zuckerman was responsible for developing strategies that drove sales

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Pitti Uomo Sets Tone for Strong Men’s Fall Season

FLORENCE — Despite a challenging retail environment, Pitti Uomo for its 95th edition delivered as a bellwether platform for the fall 2019 men’s season.
Retailers lauded the enticing array of projects, ranging from the transporting show of guest designer Y/Project at the Large Cloister of the Santa Maria Novella complex to Moon Boot’s 50th anniversary lunar invasion-themed exhibition at the Stazione Leopolda, as well as the fair’s curated sections.
“The fall men’s wear assortment as evidenced by what I’ve seen here at Pitti is off to a particularly strong start,” said Bruce Pask, men’s fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus for whom the event serves as “the platform from which I reference the runway shows to come, serving as a grounded point of view for what merchandise will be out in the market.”
“We have seen a lot of inspiring collections and items here from both large brands as well as more obscure-makers that are perfect for the discerning, luxury-minded customer,” he added, flagging Z Zegna’s “melding of sartorial and activewear” and Brunello Cucinelli’s “Gentlemen at Ease” collection among highlights.
“More traditional men’s wear influences are also having a strong showing with lots of English fabrications like glen plaids, houndstooth and checks looking refreshing in both tailoring

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Nordstrom Men to Shine Light on New Concepts by Sam Lobban

Sam Lobban is making his first major mark on the Nordstrom Men store.
On Friday, the vice president of men’s fashion, who joined the retailer in June, will unveil New Concepts, the first in a series of rotating pop-up shops intended to highlight innovative men’s wear.
The first is being called Concept 001: Out Cold and is centered around what Lobban and the Nordstrom merchandising team believe to be the best products for inclement weather. The shop will have a physical presence on the main floor of the Nordstrom Men store on 57th Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan — replacing the Olivia Kim Merry + Bright holiday shop — as well as in the Seattle flagship.

The Out Cold shop opens Friday.

Among the 20 brands that will be offered are Kjus, Houdini and Aztech Mountain for ski and outdoor apparel; high-tech brands Arc’teryx Veilance and Mackintosh; technical footwear from Hoka One One and Salomon, and outdoor gear from Leatherman and Snow Peak.
The new concept comes as Nordstrom continues to tweak the New York store, the first men’s-only unit in its fleet. While there has been criticism of the store’s configuration and product selection, Nordstrom executives have said they continue to adapt to what

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Engineered Garments Continues Partnership With Doc Martens

Doc Martens is renewing its partnership with Engineered Garments.
The footwear brand is working with Japanese designer Daiki Suzuki, who founded the brand in 1999, to update the 3989 5-eye brogue. Suzuki, who is known for collecting vintage clothing, mixed five different types of leather — croc, pebble and suede — to construct the shoes, which also feature yellow welt stitching, a Docs signature and an air-cushioned sole. The shoes, which are available now in black and brown, retail for $230.
The brand has focused more on implementing comfort and performance into its collections. Last year it launched a WinterGrip collection built for cold weather elements.
“As a footwear brand we are always looking to innovate and bring new technologies to market. This was a great opportunity to combine our classic Dr. Martens styling with a modern, functional WinterGrip technology to the outsole,” said Sam Breese, head of product in the Americas.

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Project Teams With Cool Hunting for N:ow New York Initiative

Cool Hunting, an independent publication that covers design, culture and technology, will host a lounge and curate a selection of its favorite items at Project’s upcoming New York trade show.
The collaboration with Cool Hunting is part of the show’s N:ow at Project initiative.
Among the brands that will be featured are Herman Miller; Sister City hotel, the new hotel from Ace Hotel Group; Arlo Skye luggage; Rhone; Courant, and Troubadour.
As reported, N:ow at Project, which debuted at the Las Vegas show last August, offers forums and trend presentations in partnership with WGSN and High Snobiety, as well as installations and daily discussions about the state of the men’s wear industry.
“Coming off of a successful launch of N:ow this summer in Las Vegas, its debut in New York was a natural progression,” said Jason Peskin, men’s brand director for Informa, which owns Project. “N:ow will continue to evolve the traditional trade show and birth a fresh event experience for both brands and attendees in New York with Highsnobiety providing special coverage of it all.”
Among the speakers who will participate at this edition are Mr. Mort’s Mordechai Rubinstein; Highsnobiety’s editor-in-chief Jeff Carvalho; Rowing Blazers founder Jack Carlson, and Moose Knuckles’ creative director Steff

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Fashion Brands’ Collaborative Efforts With Soccer Teams: Is It Worth It to Play?

MILAN — It’s often said that one’s favorite soccer team is forever. Which might be true for the 736 million fans that soccer has reportedly attracted in 2017 across 18 surveyed markets, according to a study released by American measurement and data analytics company Nielsen.
The number translates into a big opportunity for companies across different categories and especially for fashion brands supplying off-the-field uniforms and developing co-branded capsule collections, to bank on soccer’s global relevance and possibly tap into new customers.
For instance, Thom Browne joined the arena last year by crafting for the first time the off-the-field tailored and formalwear uniforms of FC Barcelona with a deal covering the next three years, while Hugo Boss has renewed its partnership with the AS Roma, FC Bayern, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain teams.

Players from the FC Bayern Munich soccer team outfitted by Boss.
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Some remain skeptical. “As a marketing tool, I’m uncertain about the return on investment. First of all, there’s a target issue: Are fans of soccer teams target customers for these brands?” wondered Alessandro Maria Ferreri, chief executive officer of The Style Gate consultancy firm. He noted that brands are often putting a lot of money and efforts

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The People You Need to Know in Florence

Having the right contacts is crucial to the best travel experience. So how to thrive at and survive the hustle and bustle of Pitti Uomo and a packed Florence? Here, WWD introduces you to some people you need to know.
Silvia Orsi Bertolini, founder of p.r. and event agency La Jamais Contente
If you need to organize a last-minute event, this is the woman you need to get in touch with. The wife of Pitti Immagine chief executive officer Raffaello Napoleone, Silvia Orsi Bertolini established her communications and event firm La Jamais Contente in 2004. Having developed successful projects for clients such as Sergio Rossi, Damiani, Moncler, Prada, Celine and Salvatore Ferragamo, she can use her network to pull together the ultimate event.
22, Via dei Serragli
+39 055 0450044
lajamais-contente.com

Silvia Orsi Bertolini.
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Claudio Meli, J.K. Place Firenze general manager
One of the men behind the stellar service at luxury Florentine hotel J.K. Place, Claudio Meli, for many years the president of the Golden Keys Worldwide Concierge Association, can make hotel guests feel at home by providing them with all the secrets needed to live Florence like a real local.
7, Piazza Santa Maria Novella
+39 055 2645181
jkplace.com

Claudio Meli.
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Nicola Bianchi, master perfumer of AquaFlor
Looking for a sophisticated, customized

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Eton Marks 90 Years

MILAN — Swedish shirtmaker Eton is going to celebrate its 90th anniversary with a special event at Pitti Uomo.
Although the company is keeping details on the celebration under wraps, Eton’s chief creative officer Sebastian Dollinger highlighted the importance of the Florentine trade show.
“Pitti Uomo is the event to be at for the men’s fashion industry and we are happy and honored to fete our anniversary there,” he said during an interview in Milan.
Founded in Gånghester, a town in Southern Sweden, by David and Annie Patterson, Eton sells its high-end shirts in 50 countries through a wholesale network of about 1,600 international retailers, including prestigious department stores Harrods, Selfridges, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Harry Rosen, Le Bon Marché, El Corte Inglés, Rinascente and KaDeWe.
“We seem an old brand, but we are just at the beginning,” said Eton chief executive officer Hans Davidson. “In 90 years we managed to build a solid label, which is known for the high quality and the style. Now, the goal is to reach new and old customers through all the channels.”
While Eton is well-positioned across Europe and the U.S., the company still has to conquer the Asian market.
“We are preparing in the right way

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Undone Moves Into the U.S. Market

Undone, the customizable watch brand that’s based in Hong Kong, is focusing on the U.S.
Michael Young built a reputation in the watch industry by collecting vintage watches, supplying companies such as Hublot and Omega with parts, and customizing Rolexes for high-end brands. Because of the high price points on custom watches, which start at $20,000, Young thought there was space in the market for an affordable, well-made custom watch option and introduced Undone in 2014.
His relationships with suppliers and knowledge of the supply chain has allowed him to offer models that retail from $265 to $430. Having his own dial printers and in-house watchmakers has also helped. Customers are able to purchase a customizable watch from Undone’s e-commerce site to select their own dial, case, hands, strap and engraving on the back. Undone has also recently partnered with Peanuts on a capsule collection that offers more characters than usual because of its customization abilities.
“A lot of watch brands are starting to launch characters on special editions, but there is no flexibility,” Young said. “We think consumers should have a choice and be able to create something they love.”

Watches by Undone.
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Having a physical presence in Asia has helped build up brand

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Boggi Milano in Midst of European Shop-Opening Offensive

BERLIN — In a time when shop closures have become something of the norm, Boggi Milano has embarked on a shop-opening spree in Europe.
The Italian tailored-clothing specialist is in the process of adding 10 stores to its existing retail network in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Benelux in the fourth quarter of 2018. Moreover, five large-scale Boggi Milano stores are slated to open in the region in the first three months of 2019.
Founded in Italy 80 years ago and headquartered in the Swiss canton of Tessin, Boggi Milano operates more than 165 stores in 35 countries. The first mono-brand store opened on Milan’s Piazza San Babila in 1964. Turin followed in 1987 and Geneva in 1996. Following a change of ownership in 2003, when it was acquired by the Italian family Zaccardi, Boggi’s own-store network has expanded rapidly, and the brand is to be found solely in company-owned or franchised mono-brand stores.
Germany is particularly in Boggi’s focus, and the company has 16 doors in the country in cities including Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Karlsruhe, Munich, Nuremberg, Leipzig and Munster. Stuttgart opened this week, and 2019 will see two additional doors in Munich. Germany generates 14 percent of the brand’s total

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ExKite Limited-Edition Capsule Lands at Barneys New York

Renzo Mancini is proving that you don’t have to be based in a fashion capital to have your products sold by a luxury retailer. Of course, Mancini is a little more remote than most — some would even say, off the grid. Still, he managed to get the attention of Barneys New York buyers in Sardinia, where he lives and operates ExKite with his wife, stylist Eirinn Skrede.
The eco-friendly ExKite creates jackets from kite-surfing kites that are decommissioned and upcycled.
Mancini, a former professional kite surfer, found his calling when he was test-piloting a kite surfing brand. Testing the kites in the water, Mancini realized they could no longer be used for kite surfing, but he didn’t want to throw them away. Each kite was associated with a memory — of a beautiful day or a nice moment on the beach. With Skrede, he designed jackets, each a one-of-a-kind article.
Mancini said he didn’t “want to take a corner at Barneys because we are not yet known.” He had an idea, which sounds quite ambitious, but was second nature for the kite-surfing pro. “‘Why don’t we take two kites and put the logo of Barneys on one and the ExKite logo on

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John Varvatos Enters Middle East With Dubai Mall Store

John Varvatos has made a move into the Middle East.
The New York-based men’s brand on Tuesday night opened a 2,937-square-foot store in the Fashion Avenue section of the Dubai Mall.
The store, which is the 31st retail unit for the label, is part of a geographical licensing deal with Casa Vida, which is part of Emaar Properties, a real estate firm that owns the Dubai Mall, according to Mark Brashear, chief executive officer of John Varvatos.
Under the terms of the deal, Brashear said, Casa Vida will open two additional stores in the Middle East over the next 18 months. The locations have not yet been identified, he said. “We’re looking at a couple of different options.”
Emaar operates over 6.7 million square feet of retail space in Dubai and also owns the Dubai Marina Mall, Souk Al Bahar and the Gold & Diamond Park, according to its web site.
The addition of Varvatos is part of the expansion of the fashion and lifestyle offerings at the Dubai Mall that involves adding another 1 million square feet and 150 new brands to the Fashion Avenue area of the mall. The company has a goal of attracting over 100 million visitors in the next three to

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Destination XL Cuts Losses in Quarter as CEO Search Continues

The corporate restructuring instituted earlier this year is starting to pay off for Destination XL Group.
In the third quarter, the men’s big & tall retailer cut its losses and improved its comparable-store sales, prompting it to update its earnings guidance for the fiscal year. But its search for a new chief executive officer continues as the countdown to the departure of current chief David Levin approaches on Dec. 31. In the case that the retailer can’t find a replacement by year-end, Levin will transition to acting ceo from Jan. 1-April 30 for $200,000 a month.
The retailer said that it terminated its deal with Heidrick & Struggles International Inc. to lead the search process on Oct. 1 and is now working with Russell Reynolds Associates to lead the process and expects a successor to be named by the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2019.
As reported, Levin is expected to resign as an officer and director of the company on Jan. 1. The company expects to incur an aggregate charge of approximately $2.1 million for ceo transition costs in fiscal 2018 and an additional $1.6 million in fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2020.
Turning to the third quarter, the retailer cut its

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Nike Vision Expands Kevin Durant Eyewear Collection

Nike is placing more focus on its eyewear business Nike Vision.
The athletics brand, which produces and distributes its eyewear through Marchon, has released its second collection with NBA star Kevin Durant. Due to the success of the previous capsule, they’ve continued the partnership and expanded it to include sunglasses.
The two new styles of sunglasses include design details pulled from Durant’s on-court skills. The Nike KD Flicker boasts laser-etched components that are created from body-mapping Durant on court. Each of the sunglasses are laser-etched with a “KD” logo and Nike Swoosh logo on both temples. They retail from $99 to $144.
“Kevin was already wearing Nike sunglasses, so it was a natural progression from his optical collection to expand to sunglasses as well,” said Steve Tripi, marketing director at Marchon. “KD provides inspiration and direction for product design and he is involved throughout the process for approvals.”
The four new optical styles include the Nike KD 88, which is named after Durant’s birth year, and the Nike KD 929, which is named after his birthday. They were designed for young athletes and have flexible spring hinges meant to offer durability and comfort. The Nike KD 28 represents Durant’s age when he won his

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Sant’Andrea Debuts Bespoke Room at Milan Showroom

While many pure men’s wear players are struggling to adjust to shifting customers’ habits, Sant’Andrea — the brand launched for fall 2018 by storied manufacturer Saint Andrews SpA — is betting on its heritage and craftsmanship as it unveiled this week a new space dedicated to bespoke projects at the company’s showroom, in Milan’s tony Via Bagutta.
Dubbed the Gentlemen’s Room, the space “matches the brand’s identity with a charming place and its design elements” said Saint Andrews’ chief executive officer Pier Luigi Canevelli. The manufacturing company based in Bellocchi di Fano, in Italy’s Marche region, was fully acquired in 2006 by woolen specialist Trabaldo Togna.
The room dedicated to bespoke projects offers private customers the chance to experience the creation of tailored suits from a privileged standpoint. The space is furbished with design pieces spanning from the Taccia lamp by Achille Castiglioni to a peacock blue velvet sofa by Gio Ponti. An impressive Seventies tapestry by Afro Basaldella, which features rusty tones of tangerine, burgundy and chocolate brown hangs on the wall across the entrance. Canevelli explained the artwork also inspired the brand’s 2019 pre-fall collection.
Enhancing the experience during private appointments, clients will see tailors cutting the fabrics, sewing and ironing

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