Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis Guardian of the fashion fatherhood, home of the design doyennes, Milan is a fortress of haute couture.

But this honourable status has perhaps been its downfall. In the throes of worshipping its world-renowned designer houses, the city has run the risk of overlooking its young and upcoming designers. This is a question explored in a Business of Fashion article that asks: “Is Milan finally seeing a young designer Renaissance?”

It rightly raises a question posed by Suzy Menkes, international editor of Vogue, who asked: “Can anybody name me one Italian designer under the age of 50?” Although for some time, the fashion world would largely have to lower their eyes and shake their heads in the negative, it seems that things are finally changing. We turn the spotlight on the young Italian fashion designers who, according to Fashionista, are shaping the future of Italian fashion and with this, private shopping tours.

Sara Battaglia

According to Battaglia’s website, as a child she told her father, “Daddy, I know what I want to do when I grow up. I want to be Salvador Dali.” And with her own expressive accessories collection under her belt, in some ways she has. With a style-star sister (fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia), Sara appreciates her connections to the fashion industry, and her gorgeous bags are increasingly seen in the hands of the hip and happening.

Mauro Gasperi

With work experience at prestigious houses like D&G, Gasperi is no stranger to quality and the high judgement of haute couture. After launching his flagship boutique, he’s been hauling up awards when not featuring in Fashion Weeks across the world.

Massimo Giorgetti 

As far as young Italian fashion designers go, Massimo Giorgetti ticks all the boxes. This model-turned-designer launched MSGM in 2008. Just two years later, Vogue Italia had picked Giorgetti as a finalist in their “Who’s on Next” competition. His style is effortlessly cool and fresh, and it seems to resonate with the fashion gatekeepers. Giorgetti is going from strength to strength, and this year he became the creative director at Emilio Pucci.

Andrea Incontri

Incontri’s grandparents owned a tailoring shop in 1950’s Milan. This, together with inspiration from his fashion-savvy mother, set him off on the fashion path while growing up in the countryside. “Incontri”, as the article points out, “is proud to still be 100% independent and works only with Italian artisans.” This year he launched his ready-to-wear Spring 2016 collection.

Francesca Liberatore 

Born into the arts, Liberatore is a natural when it comes to creative expression. Educated at London’s Central Saint Martins, and ushered into the industry at the fashion houses of Jean Paul Gaultier and Viktor & Rolf, she went on to launch her own line. Since then she’s picked up awards and exhibited multiple collections at shows around the world. Last year, she won the DHL Exported Award and went onto show her collection at New York Fashion Week.

Andrea Pompilio

Growing up in his grandmother’s boutique, Pompilio decided he wanted to be a fashion designer when he was just eight years old. And he did. After starting out, it didn’t take long before Pompilio was making positive waves in the industry. Giorgio Armani picked him to show in his theatre at Milan Fashion Week a little while back. Pitti Uomo, a top trade show for men’s fashion and accessories, is another thing Pompilio is grateful for. Year by year, in shows and magazines alike, his collections continue to impress.

Why not experience Italy at this exciting point in its fashion history by getting up close and personal with some top young Italian fashion designers and stylists? Consider the possibilities of a personal shopping tour of the country. To find out more about style-guided tours alongside Italian fashion designers, contact us. We’re passionate about assisting curious fashion-forward travelers who are looking to experience Italy as uniquely, luxuriously and authentically as possible.

by Luca on Nov 27, 2015