Fifty years ago, Stefano Ricci founded his eponymous menswear brand in Italian. Little did he know, a luxury empire would soon blossom.
There’s a saying that goes, “If you know, you know.” That pretty much sums up Italian luxury men’s brand Stefano Ricci. Founded 50 years ago by its namesake designer and his wife, Claudia, the Ricci brand has grown from a bespoke clothier to worldwide brand with more than 600 employees. Headquartered in Fiesole, Florence — one of the most culturally rich cities in Italy — Stefano Ricci is a family-owned business whose fine menswear and accessories are coveted by people
in the know around the world.
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Quality and craftsmanship are the dominant forces that the family — including Stefano and Claudia’s sons, Niccolò Ricci (CEO) and Filippo Ricci (creative director) — adhere to, with the clothing made 100 percent in Italy, and with the utmost attention paid to every detail. Since the beginning, Stefano Ricci has been characterized by its singular points of view: uniqueness, contemporary and elegant styling, and excellence in handcraftsmanship. The brand uses the most sumptuous materials in forward-leaning styles designed for the re- fined man who is attentive to his looks.
Every garment is made according to artisanal processes that are passed on from generation to generation. It is precisely this focus on quality and design that has garnered the brand an almost cultlike following among the elite. So much so that it has expanded to 65 boutiques around the globe showcasing the brand’s bespoke tailoring, sharp and distinguished ready-to-wear, ties made of custom-designed fabrics, sneakers with leather insoles, tote bags, fragrances, and even timepieces.
With the Fall/Winter 2022–’23 collection, Stefano Ricci turns once again to the beloved Vicuna, considered the softest (softer than cashmere) and warmest fabric in the world. Incredibly expensive, the wool comes from South American llamas that live in the Andes Mountains in Peru. An endangered species, the Vicuna is sheared and not harmed in the harvesting of the wool. Stefano Ricci uses Vicuna in superbly elegant coats, collars, and scarves. The wool is a “must” for the designer himself, who believes that fabric must not only look good but also feel good.
Constantly inspired by the beauty and culture of Italy, Ricci’s Fall/Winter collection of suits and outerwear boasts natural colors and tones — from the creams and whites of Italian columns and statutes to earthy browns, saddle tans, and other hues found in the interiors of the most splendid Italian architectural marvels. The season’s palette also includes Ricci blue and burgundy for a harmonious influx of color. In addition to luxurious overcoats, field jackets are an important statement in more casual dress wear. For the holidays, grand tuxedo jackets make their debut. As is Stefano Ricci’s ongoing goal, this season’s innovative designs are meant for sophisticated men of any generation.
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