Nothing has done more for the fashion industry than globalization. No longer are we limited to our local high streets. Our favorite designers can and do come from all around the world, and it’s not just the rich and moneyed who get to model international names – the ordinary man or woman about town can do the same.
Still, Italy remains one of the most stylish nations, and the country has some incredible clothing brands. From high-street treasures like Solotre to globally acclaimed fashion houses like Dolce & Gabanna, every sartorially-savvy individual should have a few Italian labels in their extensive wardrobe.
Here are a few of our favorites for the chic and stylish to check out.
Dolce & Gabanna
Founded in 1985, this Milan-based label has an estimated worth of $1.3 billion and is known for being one of the most prestigious in the world. According to Italist, Dolce & Gabanna is one of the best-selling brands on their platform, and it’s not difficult to understand why. With an intuitive understanding of style demonstrated in every one of their Nappa-leather handbags or floral-print cady dresses, this is a label with its finger firmly on the fashion pulse.
So what have they brought us in 2021? Their designs are, as ever, high-end and luxurious, with prints dominating the brand’s latest decadent collection. According to the designers, these were inspired by the rich cultural history of Sicily, folding a focus on pattern and fabric into their signature sharp silhouettes.
For more affordable pieces, one would do well to look to Solotre. With a gorgeous collection of spring and summer essentials, most of them priced below $100, there’s something for every style. The best part is that each item looks like it cost three times its price tag.
We love Solotre for when we want to stock up on a few staple pieces for our wardrobe. While they don’t make quite the same statement as off-the-peg Valentino, the clothes in this collection are all aesthetically-pleasing and on-trend, yet they have a timeless quality to them.
The stand-out pieces for 2021 are difficult to pin down. There are so many items that we love, but we’re feeling a particular affinity for the brand’s gorgeous diaphanous shift dresses. From soft blush pinks to earthy tones, these are the perfect easy-to-wear option for spring.
Founded in 1966, Bottega Veneta is another of our all-time favorites. Producing effortlessly elegant pieces for over five decades, the brand is based in Veneto and has that unmistakably Italian sophistication.
Offering exclusive products to customers from around the world, Bottega Veneta is particularly famed for its incredible leather goods, as well as its beautifully made shoes. The latter are our standout pieces for spring 2021, with the label’s gorgeous stretch sandals instantly catching the eye.
What we particularly love about their most recent line is the choice of fresh and vibrant colors, which allow you to choose a shade and hue that perfectly complement your wardrobe and unique sartorial palette. We’d have them in every color if we could!
Tell us, which of these three incredible Italian designers do you need to add to your wardrobe?