While names like Gucci, Fendi, Versace are definitive heavy hitters, as a whole, there have been growing concerns over the future of Italian fashion. In an article by The Business of Fashion, we learned that while Italy is known for making beautiful garments and exceptional leather goods, it hasn't been setting the best example when it came to fostering young talent.
But, times they are a-changin'. Luxury holding company Kering — linked to boldfaced labels like Gucci and Bottega Veneta — announced the launch of an internship program with Vogue Italia in September. “One way of keeping Made in Italy," François-Henri Pinault told
, "is to have very strong talent scouting and recruiting in that country." And, now, reflecting on this past Milan Fashion Week which recently wrapped, let's just say there's plenty to be optimistic and excited about when it comes to Italy's design scene.
Ahead, we've laid out our five favorite designers that are shaping the landscape of Italian fashion. Some have been around for a few years while others are brand new to the scene, yet they all bring promise for more greatness to come. With the ongoing support from La Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (the Italian version of the CFDA), we hope all concerns can soon be erased. Looking at this new set of fashion influencers, our hopes are high.
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