MR PORTER, the award-winning global online retail destination for men’s style, presents the Italian Masters – a curated selection of exclusive capsule collections celebrating the timeless design, craftsmanship and style of Italy.
Launched on September 21, the Italian Masters showcases 25 of the leading and defining voices of traditional and contemporary Italian style, each providing their own unique point-of-view, craftsmanship sensibility or manufacturing technique that sets it apart from the rest.
Brands represented under the Italian Masters banner include: Altea, Aspesi, Caruso, De Petrillo, E.MARINELLA, Etro, Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano, Fornasetti, Francesco Maglia, Giuliva Heritage, Incotex, L.G.R, Lardini, Lorenzi Milano, Massimo Alba, Missoni and Missoni Home, MP Massimo Piombo, Officine Creative, Pineider, Rubinacci, Seed to Skin, Valextra, Valstar and Villa.
Italian Masters champions Italian craft through the diversity and scale of brands involved, including small independent artisans through to globally-recognised fashion houses. The result is an exclusive collection comprising of over 259 unique and distinct products across clothing, footwear, accessories and homeware. Three brands have debuted this year: the Milan-based men’s accessories brand Villa, the Varese-based, family-owned Missoni Home, and the Abruzzo-based brand Giuliva Heritage.
To underline the significance of the project, MR PORTER has partnered with the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte to support the Foundation’s annual “A School, A Job. Training to Excellence” apprenticeship programme. It matches 25 Italian graduates from a selection of the best schools and universities of Arts and Crafts with 25 Italian artisanal ateliers or businesses. The theme of this year’s apprenticeship is “Renaissance and Sustainability.” It is seven months in length and comprises of one-month university training in Milan, followed by six-months on-the-job experience.
“Italian Masters encompasses an extensive offering of both well-known and speciality Italian brands, all of which have a unique point of view and a distinct craftsmanship sensibility that enhances the overall collection. We aimed to seek-out and nurture exclusive product stories with each of these outstanding brands, and especially wanted to shine a light on the smaller artisanal partners who are so important to sustaining specific skills and one-of-a-kind manufacturing techniques. We’re also thrilled to partner with the Fondazione Cologni to support future generations of Italian manufacturing and craft,” says Sam Kershaw, Buying Director, MR PORTER.
Here are the standout pieces from each participating brands’ collection:
Altea linen “palm tree” embroidered chore jacket
Aspesi garment-dyed mac-style coat
Caruso “Macbeth” single breast jacket
De Petrillo check pattern bomber jacket
E.MARINELLA paisley patterned tie
Etro beaded and embroidered velvet jacket
Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano portable kitchen set
Fornasetti trio of candles set
Francesco Maglia umbrella with chestnut wooden handle
Giuliva Heritage single-breasted jacket with matching trousers
Incotex urban traveller suit
L.G.R brown tortoiseshell wayfarer sunglasses
Lardini double-breasted peak lapel suit
Lorenzi Milano travel BBQ set in leather and bamboo
Massimo Alba tie-dye crew neck knit
Missoni shall collar patterned cardigan
Missoni Home woven “Italy” throw
Massimo Piombo linen and cotton dogtooth jacket
Officine Creative lace-up boots
Pineider wooden stationery and desk set
Rubinacci linen sahariana jacket
Seed to Skin mixed skincare kit
Valextra pebble grain leather holdall
Valstar classic valstarino jacket
Villa white gold and mother of pearl cufflinks