Patrick Dempsey KANOA 1_Photo by_Jonathan Glynn-Smit
by Stephen Garner

Luxury menswear brand KA/NOA hosted a breakfast this morning at the Corsini Gardens in Florence to announce that well-known actor and racing driver Patrick Dempsey is joining the company as a business partner.

Founded in 2017 by Italian born Bruno Grande, KA/NOA is a fast-developing men’s brand that is 100 percent Made in Italy, from the yarn to the label, and a personal project initiated by Grande and his wife Valerie. Named for their two children, Kaia and Noah, KA/NOA prides itself on its key values of quality and simplicity.

Commenting on the alliance, Dempsey says: “I was captivated by KA/NOA’s approach and brand values from the moment I made my first order online and was amazed by the quality and the attention to details. As a very detail-focused person, I have a strong connection to the brand’s products, brand philosophy, and most importantly, the people driving it, along with a deep respect for all that has been achieved since its creation a year ago. I am very proud and happy to be able to play a role in this adventure, and eager to learn from Bruno and the men and women who make KA/NOA the worthy enterprise that it is.”

Bruno Grande and Patrick Dempsey at this morning’s breakfast

“It is a great honor to have touched the heart of someone like Patrick,” adds Grande. “His enthusiasm and recognition of the work we have been doing has been very rewarding for all of use. KA/NOA is the story of a passion transmitted by my father, which I hope to transmit to my kids, and the result of a desire to create a brand that is respectful of our Italian heritage, know-how and artisans. Today it represents a timeless wardrobe designed for men (and women) who enjoy living and traveling with style, in comfortable yet elegant clothes all designed to pair with each other.”

Grande continues: “Our focus on authenticity, quality, simplicity, and understated luxury strongly echoes Patrick’s personality, emphasizing the connection between us. His participation in our brand was totally obvious to the three of us from the word go, and the launch of our partnership is a big day both for KA/NOA and for me as a person.”

As an active partner in KA/NOA, Dempsey will assist Grande in the overall development of the brand and design of collections.

The setting for today’s announcement — too beautiful not to share.