Marco de Vincenzo is Fulfilling his Fashion Promise
I have followed the career of designer Marco de Vincenzo since his very first show when he started his brand back in 2009. And it has been a privilege to watch him grow into one of the most exciting Italian fashion designers working today.
If you are doing the math, you now know that this year marks the 10 year anniversary of the launch of the Marco de Vincenzo brand. It also happens to be the year Marco turns 40 and the year he launches his first menswear collection. Somthing he will do later this month at Pitti Uomo in Florence. And beside running his own signature label he also juggles his gig as the creative head of leather goods at Fendi alongside his mentor Silvia Venturini Fendi.
Marco’s aesthetic is very distinctive. The rainbow has almost become the trademark of his designs. Or maybe it’s fringing. Or perhaps Lurex knits. Actually now that I think about it… it is all three of them. He is also very good at coming up with accessories that have launched a thousand copies. What is it they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery? But besides those designer building blocks Marco’s work also has other important fundamental features like his true artisanal understanding of how to manipulate and craft leather goods and his ability to constantly revisit his Italian heritage in his designs in new, unexpected and heartfelt ways.
The fashion industry’s confidence in Marco’s talent as a designer is underlined by the fact that LVMH signed a partnership deal with the designer back in 2014, taking a 45% stake in the company and this year a new partner, Marco Panzeri, has acquired a 35% stake in the business, with Panzeri coming in as the new chief executive officer of the company.
All of which is to say I felt that now was the perfect moment to sit down with Marco for a good long chat. To take the time to reflect back on the first decade of his business, the challenges and the successes, and to lay out his goals for the future of his vibrant and upbeat fashion label.
Jessica Michault is the Senior Vice President of industry relations at GPS Radar by Launchmetrics. She is also the editor-at-large for ODDA magazine and contributes to publications like the New York Times, the Business of Fashion, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Mixte magazine.
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