Thanks to the support of the Italian Trade Agency, 28 Italian brands will be on display exclusively at the Chicago Collective this season from August 8-10.
Get to know some of these brands below.
Giangi keeps on reinventing its interpretation of the shirt, improving its research, innovation, and creativity each season. The brand’s shirts are offered in well-known classic colors, as well as more trend-driven, fashion-focused shirting that’s perfect for street style. This innovation is combined with research for new fabrics, new fits, and new treatments for the Neapolitan brand.
Giusti Roma is a young tailoring company specializing in war uniform replicas. In the last year, the brand has expanded its business to include a sportswear collection inspired by the past generations of wars. Attention to the details, fabrics used, and handcraft tailoring is its specialty.
Driven and inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of four brothers Nello, Eraldo, Alceo and Francesco Di Stefano, the journey began back in 1952 in the small Italian village of Sant’Egidio alla Vibrata, south of the border between Marche and Abruzzo. Specializing in knits, the high-quality natural yarns used and the manual skill in all processing stages make every single Gran Sasso sweater unique and unmistakable
GREGORY MADE IN ITALY / SALVATORE MARTORANA
Menswear staple Salvatore Martorana was established by husband and wife Salvatore and Cettina Martorana in 1990. With twenty years in ready-to-wear sales at prestigious Italian brands, Salvatore’s background was primed for this entrepreneurial venture. Today, Salvatore Martorana offers bespoke and made-to-measure services to its most demanding customers, supplying what they define as a ‘vanity affair’ for the masculine world.
Since 1967, the brand has never lost its Italian tailoring and sartorial manufacturing values and traditions. Best known for its ties, which are created by hand in Silvi Marina, Italy, Italo Ferretti also makes bow ties, pocket squares, cummerbunds, and more.
Established in 1978 by the Lardini’s brothers, this brand is still managed by the family. Employing 700 people across its 20,000 square meters of facilities, Lardini produces men’s and ladies’ clothing in a modern way with a traditional spirit.
With forty years of experience in the footwear world, founder and designer Sergio Tricomi launched his own footwear line catering to men and women. Founded in Pistoia, near Florence, Lo.White was named after Sergio’s children, Lorenzo and Bianca. Based on decades of experience as one of the finest connoisseurs, Sergio holds a deep conviction that in order for a footwear company to succeed, it must create shoes that combine uncompromised comfort and impeccable style, merging the two with a perfectly balanced approach.
This brand has been producing hats since 1881. After years of continuous research and development, our company has managed to significantly increase both its production capacity and the number of different models produced. Behind each hat is woven like a canvas a work made by the hands of craftsmen who put their passion to create original models.
MAURO BLASI – SARTORIA PARTENOPEA
In 2000, Mauro Blasi joined Sartoria Partenopea, a company founded by his father, after 30 years of experience in the business. After a gradual integration in the company, Blasi became commercial director and then artistic director. Now, he’s decided to bring back the name Blasi in the international markets with a new line that follows his instinct and his personal taste. Research and attention to detail are the strengths of the brand, where the goal will always be the absolute excellence.