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Marco De Vincenzo Opens Up

By Sofia Celeste 16 December 2015

MILAN, ITALY - Recently pegged by WWD as a papable couturier for the House of Dior, it is no secret that the young Roman designer, Marco De Vincenzo, is on a roll.

With a penchant for cerebral, futuristic fashion, De Vincenzo’s fame peaked last year, when he saw LVMH invest in his eponymous fashion house.

In this interview with Fairplay’s Editor in Chief Sofia Celeste, De Vincenzo reveals how new labels can survive and gives us a sneak peak of his upcoming collection that will be unfurled at Florence’s Teatro Niccolini during Pitti Uomo 89.

Why do you think luxury consumers are embracing intellectual or erudite fashions such as yours?

Probably because today consumers are much more prepared and attentive and they are looking for a more unconventional sort of fashion.

What are some of the artisanal details that make your collection stand out?

Made in Italy is our trademark. Its savoir faire is unique and enhances every single piece.

Many designers look to textiles as a starting point. Is this the same for you? Where do you draw inspiration?

My work always starts with the fabric. At the beginning of every new collection I usually travel to meet companies in order to draw some kind of inspiration from the travel itself. Inspiration comes from everything if you are well-disposed.

How has digital or new technology influenced your vision - both in terms of style and your approach?

It surely influences the speed in which you can collect and share the creative élan, together with an immediate vision on how the garments are recognised and interpreted by the women who buy them. Technology is a constant indicator as to what is happening in the world.

How did the partnership with LVMH come about?

I have been collaborating with them for more than 15 years, so everything came out in a very natural way, giving us the possibility to build together a working plan dedicated to the development of my own brand for the next 7 years.

You were one of the lucky ones - most emerging designers have it really tough. What are some tips and pearls of wisdom you can pass on to aspiring designers or young designers struggling to make it in this very complicated, globalised world?

To never lose the will to reach you own goals. Starting up is a very complex process that needs strong faith in one’s qualities and commitment. Maybe the secret is to always believe in your dreams. No one could believe in them the same way you can.

When did you have your 'wow I have finally made it' moment?

My debut with Haute Couture is when I realised my project was truly there, and that I/it was beginning to get serious!

What was one of your biggest personal struggles in your career?

To reach the maximum level of communication with minimum possibility or means. When you start all alone it can be very frustrating, because people judge you without thinking of how difficult it is to create a collection without the right team to help you or the right investments.

What are your top single markets?

USA is my first reference market, together with a lot of websites that allow me to be present in the market on an international level.

Can we have a sneak peak of some of the surprises you will unfurl at Pitti?

It’s an artistic project specifically envisaged for the Niccolini Theatre. The whole thing will be magical.

 

 



Sofia Celeste
FAIRPLAY Editor-in-Chief

When she is not hunting down the latest in tech and fashion, Sofia Celeste is scouting artisan talent for her online magazine bacoluxury.com. Born in the US and raised on the Pacific Island of Guam, she went on to write for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal. Her work is now regularly published in top fashion publications NOWFASHION and WWD.

MILAN, ITALY - Recently pegged by WWD as a papable couturier for the House of Dior, it is no secret that the young Roman designer, Marco De Vincenzo, is on a roll.

With a penchant for cerebral, futuristic fashion, De Vincenzo’s fame peaked last year, when he saw LVMH invest in his eponymous fashion house.

In this interview with Fairplay’s Editor in Chief Sofia Celeste, De Vincenzo reveals how new labels can survive and gives us a sneak peak of his upcoming collection that will be unfurled at Florence’s Teatro Niccolini during Pitti Uomo 89.

Why do you think luxury consumers are embracing intellectual or erudite fashions such as yours?

Probably because today consumers are much more prepared and attentive and they are looking for a more unconventional sort of fashion.

What are some of the artisanal details that make your collection stand out?

Made in Italy is our trademark. Its savoir faire is unique and enhances every single piece.

Many designers look to textiles as a starting point. Is this the same for you? Where do you draw inspiration?

My work always starts with the fabric. At the beginning of every new collection I usually travel to meet companies in order to draw some kind of inspiration from the travel itself. Inspiration comes from everything if you are well-disposed.

How has digital or new technology influenced your vision - both in terms of style and your approach?

It surely influences the speed in which you can collect and share the creative élan, together with an immediate vision on how the garments are recognised and interpreted by the women who buy them. Technology is a constant indicator as to what is happening in the world.

How did the partnership with LVMH come about?

I have been collaborating with them for more than 15 years, so everything came out in a very natural way, giving us the possibility to build together a working plan dedicated to the development of my own brand for the next 7 years.

You were one of the lucky ones - most emerging designers have it really tough. What are some tips and pearls of wisdom you can pass on to aspiring designers or young designers struggling to make it in this very complicated, globalised world?

To never lose the will to reach you own goals. Starting up is a very complex process that needs strong faith in one’s qualities and commitment. Maybe the secret is to always believe in your dreams. No one could believe in them the same way you can.

When did you have your 'wow I have finally made it' moment?

My debut with Haute Couture is when I realised my project was truly there, and that I/it was beginning to get serious!

What was one of your biggest personal struggles in your career?

To reach the maximum level of communication with minimum possibility or means. When you start all alone it can be very frustrating, because people judge you without thinking of how difficult it is to create a collection without the right team to help you or the right investments.

What are your top single markets?

USA is my first reference market, together with a lot of websites that allow me to be present in the market on an international level.

Can we have a sneak peak of some of the surprises you will unfurl at Pitti?

It’s an artistic project specifically envisaged for the Niccolini Theatre. The whole thing will be magical.

 

 



Sofia Celeste
FAIRPLAY Editor-in-Chief

When she is not hunting down the latest in tech and fashion, Sofia Celeste is scouting artisan talent for her online magazine bacoluxury.com. Born in the US and raised on the Pacific Island of Guam, she went on to write for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal. Her work is now regularly published in top fashion publications NOWFASHION and WWD.

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