ANGELO GALASSO IN PITTI IMMAGINE.COM, 24TH MAY 2013 - TRADITION IN EVOLUTION. ELEGANCE-À-PORTER
Meet Angelo Galasso:
One of England’s most elegant men according to GQ UK magazine- he has dressed the likes of Paul McCartney, Al Pacino, Roger Moore, David Beckham, Puff Daddy and Jay-Z-, fashion designer Angelo Galasso, Apulian by birth and Londoner by adoption, has conquered the world of men’s fashion through three key words: elegance, details, wearability.
Style: what was love at first sight?
High shirt collars. To be honest, as a young man, I had a little trouble with shirt collars, so I had them made to measure and I discovered this great Apulian tradition. It was the year 1986 and I was among the first designers to add the second and even third button to the collar. That is how my first brand was born in Rome and in 2009, after having met and worked with Flavio Briatore on the Billionaire Italian Couture project, I created my current brand.
What is the common thread running through your collections?
I believe that the words that best describe it are Tradition in Evolution, an all-Italian touch added to a modern interpretation of the future. The contamination between typical Apulian know-how, my multi-ethnic staff working in Rome and the creative rigour of Savile Row. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to mix the Mediterranean spirit and nature with the kind of clientele that London can offer.
What kind of man wears Angelo Galasso’s creations?
A man willing to change. As the English would say, the man who enjoys a bit of twist.
You have shops in London, Milan, New York and Moscow. What city has had the most creative influence on your style?
In terms of creativity, there is no place like London: great public spirit, no judgments passed, total freedom. However, in terms of success, I would say New York. I still remember how excited I was at the opening at the Plaza Hotel: an over 800-square-meter space filled with my collections.
Preview SS 2014. Colors, fabrics, shapes.
The sixties and seventies style in a modern version and great attention to details. Pastel yet trendy shades: from the jeans with imitation leather details to brightly-colored jackets to the classic sailor blazer with white or metal buttons.
What has been the most rewarding thing, in your professional or personal life, so far?
My wonderful family: my wife, the source of inspiration and driving force behind me, and my five children.
What would Angelo Galasso never do without?
My Polso Oroglogio shirt. I designed it for Gianni Agnelli and it was shown at the London Design Museum in 2004.