Luxurious Magazine Spotlight on Angelo Galasso
There's no getting around it, Angelo Galasso is a seriously cool and stylish man, the clothing and accessories from the label are both beautiful and stylish. Angelo Galasso is a big favourite with many well-known global personalities and of course, Luxurious Magazine. So, without further delay, let's tell you more about the man behind the brand.
In the beginning, it was a game. Then it became a passion. Now it is fashion. These few, short sentences capture how Angelo Galasso, born in 1959 in Francavilla Fontana (Brindisi), Italy, has achieved international success thanks to his unique style.
Growing up in a typical, large middle-class Italian family, Angelo’s father forbade his son to play on the streets with his peers. But Angelo, who loved his hometown, forged a friendship with the local artisans who had workshops along the main street. The tailor, the shirt maker, the trouser maker and the cobbler all welcomed him into their shops, where Angelo started to become familiar with fabrics and forms, colours and hides. He came to understand the immense value of those trades that are carried out by insignificant men, who are so loyal to their discreet art. He asked his new-found friends to help him change the style and proportions of his clothes, thus finding yet again another way to set himself apart. Angelo Galasso’s way of expressing his uniqueness and breaking established codes would have a lasting mark on his life and success.
Feeling the pressure of a small provincial environment, Angelo, now married, eventually moved to Rome with his family. He would move often, and changing city would become a feature of his life. In Rome, however, Angelo underwent a strong stylistic development and so, a few years later, Interno 8 Interno 8 store opened in Rome’s Parioli with groundbreacking first shirt collection that rewrote the rules of traditional patterns whilist preserving high-quality tailoring. Interno 8 became a phenomenonal success, with 80 stores throughout Italy.
It was at this time that Galasso created the exclusive Polso Orologio (Watch cuff) shirt. The design was inspired by former Fiat president Gianni Agnelli, known in Italy as ‘the Lawyer’, who was forced to wear his watch over his shirt cuff due to an allergy, leading Angelo Galasso to appreciate that fashion is a combination of trends and needs. Later, the design was exhibited at the Design Museum in London, leading the Financial Times to dub Angelo as The Da Vinci of Shirts.
In 2000, Angelo’s desire to explore new horizons brought him to London, the capital of fashion and tailoring. It was a choice that Angelo Galasso’s brand major succes, thanks to high-profile clients as Sir Paul Mc Cartney, Roger Moore, David Beckham, King Abdullah of Jordan, Puff Daddy, Michael Caine, Simon and Yasmin Le Bon, Rod Stewart, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
In 2005, Angelo conceived and launched Billionaire Italian Couture in conjunction with Flavio Briatore, himself an Interno 8 customer. The innovative and original high end concept established Angelo Galasso as one of the most talented designers on the international fashion scene.
Angelo’s pioneering spirit and his need to always move forward led him to the most important step in his career so far, the launch of his eponymous line that once again revolutionised menswear. In 2009 ANGELO GALASSO was born and the first House opened in London’s Knightsbridge, heart of the Capital’s fashion scene. The Milano House opened in 2011 in Via Montenapoleone, the word’s epicenter of luxury, quickly followed by New York in 2012, where ANGELO GALASSO took over the Edwardian room in The Plaza Hotel. The Moscow House opened shortly after and the same year the Fondazione Angelo Galasso (foundation) was launched in collaboration with Moscow’s State Historical Museum. In 2013 Angelo himself has been voted for the second year running one GQ’s Best Dressed Men, ahead of International stars such as David Beckham, Prince Charles and Daniel Craig. In Spring the brand launched Unico, the new and exclusive made-to measure service that offers the modern gentleman the unique possibility to build an entire wardrobe to his specifications.