Angelo Galasso in Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno

Angelo Galasso in Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno

Angelo Galasso in Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno

London taken by the neck

A Galasso shirt exhibited in the Design museum

Mr Galasso in London is now a celebrity. Not a month goes by that the most authoritative fashion magazines  celebrate his very Italian and unconventional style. Even the serious Financial Times recently gave him the honor of a title in six columns. The king of the shirt, the king of the shirt, they call it. And rightly so. The "Inner 8" branded necks and wrists he founded over fifteen years ago now appear from the jackets of stars around the world: former Beatle Paul McCartney in the lead. Now the British, who have never been very generous with regards to the Italians, have decided to pay homage to him with an exhibition at the Design Museum, a modern building overlooking the Thames and one of the most important museums in the world. of design, but of fashion and architecture. In the context of the prestigious "Conrad Foundation Coection", which this year cuts the ribbon of the tenth edition, alongside the most prominent creations of recent times, the "Polso Orologio" shirt that Mr. Galasso created a few years ago was inspired to Gianni Agnelli. Exhibition which sanctioned the definitive consecration of the Apulian tailor-shirt maker. Happy? He says sinking into a cherry red leather armchair. At eight o'clock in the evening Angelo Galasso, the Franciscan from Brindisi who bewitched His Majesty's subjects, is still in his office on Conduit Street, the chic heart of the British metropolis. End the last meeting of the day, make yourself comfortable for the interview but not without first calling home to find out if u guys have come back or if someone still doesn't need to be picked up somewhere in the city. The fact is that I have too many children, he says putting down the phone. Now, regardless of the number of children, there are five, between the ages of 21 and 2 - Galasso is the classic man who, when he decides something, has no limitations, and generally does more than do, he strafà. "I always take longer steps than I can afford - confession. I think and act from an unconscious audacity. Sometimes I consider it a kind of madness, but I believe it has always helped me. It helped him safely. From the beginning, when at 26 he had only sold cars up until then ("Galassauto" was his dealership), and he had no idea what it was to take a needle and thread in his hand, but he certainly had inspiration from sell, he decides to leave Francavilla Fontana and move to Rome to work as a tailor for shirts, or a few years later, when he decides that Rome is the center of the market he wanted to conquer and transfers arms and luggage to London. he arrives and opens not one but three stores together at Conduit Street in Knightsbridge, a stone's throw from Harrod's and in the heart of the City. Now, not even five years later, these shops are going to be doubled; the "Interno 8" headquarters will be located in Chelsea, a fashionable neighborhood where movie stars and rock stars live. While, given that the situation on the international markets has improved, Galasso is preparing to overdo it with another landing in grand style: this time in the United States, with 22 stores planted in the most important metropolises and a magician headquarters in the heart of New York. But where do you want to go? "Where the strength of the mind leads me - philosophize him - The nice thing is that everything that is becoming concrete I have always thought of it since I was a child: tell me if it is not the strength of desires to make everything possible". Volcanic and exuberant, this forty-four-year-old with a boyish air and an infallible flair for sensing the tastes of the people, where his fame has a detail: the collar-giraffe of the shirts, giraffe in the sense that it is two to three fingers longer than normal. "In Italy I was criticized because I had decidedly broken the traditional patterns. Then I arrived here, the capital of world finance, the center of eccentric and transgressive fashion, and for me that I didn't know anyone and I didn't even speak a word of English, the doors opened wide ». In the list of his clients, names that count: the king of Jordan Abdullah, the former 007 Roger Moore. former Manchester United captain, now in Real Madrid, David Beckham, actor Michael Caine. Simo Le Bon of Duran Duran and wife Jasmine; the husband of Madonna. Guy Ritchie, Claudia Schiffer, recently also Flavio Briatore, for whom he created a line of personalized clothes. House in Belgravia, an exclusive neighborhood for the rich and famous, a table that is always reserved in the most elegant places of the city, last year Galasso was included in the coveted but ranking of the most chic men in London. They invite him to parties and recognize him on the street. Outside the offices on the corner of Bond Street, a fully dressed gentleman