Of the “Big Four” fashion cities, Milan stands apart in one crucial way: among the powerful quartet of style hubs, it’s the only one that isn’t a capital. And that curious fact has history. Remaining an assembly of independent city states until unification in 1891, for many centuries fashion in Italy only existed on a local level, with a long legac...

Having a conversation with designer Joseph Abboud is a bit like taking a master class where the syllabus combines men’s style, business management, and consumer psychology. His fall 2019 collection, which debuted on a chilly night last February, was shown at New York City’s South Street Seaport. The venue was chosen to reflect the city’s rich migra...

The man who buys a $25,000 handmade Stefano Ricci suit doesn’t really need a suit. He doesn’t need a $26,000 crocodile leather briefcase or $1,000 custom-tailored silk shirt. He can do with one less $500 tie. He already has everything he needs and can satisfy his sartorial cravings anywhere he chooses. Except that he actually buys these luxuries at...

This season the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) is bringing an exceptional group of Italian brands to show at COTERIE, EDIT, @DESTINATION, and Footwear@COTERIE from September 15 to 17. This season ITA is also premiering an interactive digital magazine, Italian Style, highlighting the 50 brands in the Italian group. This shareable, interactive magazine i...

Marina Schiano, the fiery model, photographer, muse, and jewelry designer, has died. She was 71. Schiano was one of those rangy, long-haired beauties who traipsed through the pages of Vogue in its jet-setting Diana Vreeland days. In 1968 she appeared in an extravagant 28-page feature photographed in Mexico by Henry Clarke. In a blog entry, lensman...

Knowing New York Fashion Week is all about the search for the latest and the greatest, 10 Corso Como founder Carla Sozzani decided to showcase the finery of five Italian designers Saturday night at its downtown store. With the support of Carlo Capasa, chairman of Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, and Maurizio Forte of the Italian Trade Commissi...

In a vote of confidence in business in North America, on July 29 Brunello Cucinelli SpA took full control of its American and Canadian subsidiaries. The Italian fashion group bought 30 percent of Brunello Cucinelli USA Retail LLC through the subsidiary Brunello Cucinelli USA Inc., paying $4.5 million on signing the deal and raising its stake to 100...

Luxury fashion house Fendi is to sponsor the €2.5 million restoration of Rome's Temple of Venus and Roma in the Roman Forum.  Believed to have been the largest temple in ancient Rome, the Tempio di Venere e Roma was dedicated to the goddesses Venus Felix (Venus the Bringer of Good Fortune) and Roma Aeterna (Eternal Rome). Its construction began in...

Maserati has taken an iconic place in the luxury world thanks to its collection of masterfully crafted and instantly recognizable sports cars. The Italian vehicle manufacturer has become a favorite reference of rappers galore, starred on screen in several Bond films and countless others, and collaborated with Ermenegildo Zegna, so when it expands i...

In the window of Tiziano Zorzan’s Bleecker St. boutique a mannequin sports an orange silk dress with a skirt that moves gently in an artificial breeze. Inside, soft jazz music plays in the warmly lit shop. A silver cart with a bottle of wine sits by the dressing rooms. “We like to share an experience with our customers,” Zorzan said. The Milan nati...