Angelo Galasso: from Francavilla Fontana, the successful climb in fashion. And it's not over: now a shirt of gold and diamonds. It costs "only" 850 thousand euros ... THE STAR SART With his luxury brand, he produces shirts and dresses for VIPs from all over the world. They buy from him David Beckham, Al Pacino and Puff Daddy. And not only of Valeria D'AUTILIA gold shirt and diamonds of 820 thousand dollars. A design it, a designer who brings his Puglia to the heart. He, who has dressed Al Pacino, Paul McCartney, Clint Eastwood and many others. Him who with its luxury brand and the dozens of shops scattered around the world, twice opened with a showcase in Miami and Los Angeles and a new piece of clothing available in solos-only-very-precious eight pieces, it has not forgotten its roots and nuts : «Woe to those who touch». Angelo Galasso, born sixty years ago in Franca villa Fontana, in his life he put the strength of desires and the passion he combined great determination, to the point of being able to affirm: "I realized all this because I believed in it". An adventure born as a young man, in a provincial town. «When I was little, as happens in our parts, I often played on the street with my friends. But my father disagreed and decided to send me to the tailor and the shirtmaker in the area, so he could keep me under control. I was particularly curious: I observed, I asked how a button was sewn. Turning to the various laboratories, over time, I have learned to do things myself. And they were different from the others. In the village they will consider me elegant, but also crazy.
At the end of the 80s the arrival in Rome. «A spring has sprung up that, at twenty-six, made me leave my land. Rate I Felt to Dover It. It takes courage in these things. It was like when, at first, I made high-necked shirts and looked at me oddly. I didn't care and went ahead. In the capital I realized that I could not exaggerate and therefore I contained this extravagance of mine. People appreciated my look, wondering where I bought those clothes. And from that moment, I started doing things for others. It started as a game, also because I had a job in the bank. After a few years, I left it and from there the whole story was born. Interior 8 left: we made custom-made shirts at home to ministers, entrepreneurs. I started to open stores, around ninety scattered throughout Italy ». Then international expansion. «I moved to London where, at a certain point, I saw Paul Mc Cartney come into the shop asking me for some things to buy, while I wanted to give them all to him. But also David Beckham, King Abdullah of Jordan, Puff Daddy, Michael Caine, Simon Le Bon, Rod Stewart, Beyoncé became my clients. Precisely in England, I created a men's high fashion line, Billionaire Italian Couture, with Flavio Briatore >> And while they consecrated it among the most talented designers, a tribute also came from the art world. «Merit of the 'Wrist Watch' shirt, which I had created a decade earlier. Once again, I had gone further, inspired by former Fiat president Gianni Agnelli who, due to an allergy, was forced to wear the watch on his wrist. The shirt was exhibited at the Design Museum in London, considered the best piece of design. It was 2004 ». Ten years ago his brand "Angelo Galasso" was born. Tradition, ability to dare and attention to detail. In short, the success story continues. «Now we have openings in various countries, we are also positioning ourselves in America and China with sales points, corners, department stores: my product is loved everywhere for its diversity. It is an evolving tradition: the Italian tradition combined with the touch of someone who has lived so many years outside that allowed me to understand what people really want today. We Italians are very schematic: for us, the blue jacket and gray trousers are the best. Instead I believe that fashion is also change. Randy Jackson comes and buys from me. My creations like them because they are at the same time classic in which there is all the culture of Italy and of the tailors and shoemakers of the South- and eccentric, with a more international dimension that looks at occasions, such as parties or events. Our country under this expectation is stopped, even if something is now moving. I think of Milan, which is becoming the new capital of Europe. In three months I will also reopen there, in corso Matteotti.
Is there a particular anecdote with some of his most famous clients? "They are people who, when they reach a certain level, become normal and simple that leave you speechless. For example, I did the whole trip with Al Pacino when I took him to Venice, to the Film Festival. Despite the success, human relationships count for him. But a rather strange thing happened with Stevie Wonder. Before leaving, he wanted to greet the salesmen. None of them had spoken, yet he had felt them, breathed. He can only see by touching. When I gave him my business card, he said, "This card is in gold." He had noticed. "
How did you imagine as a child? "I wanted to be a lawyer and I said I never wanted to travel by plane. Not even doing it on purpose, my life is around, I'm up and down from morning to night. Now I divide myself between New York and London and in a sense I am a stateless person, without citizenship. My problem is that I don't know where I want to live, but I feel a citizen of the world Its international dimension is striking, but linked to its origins. «I think we Apulians are number 1 and it is certainly not parochialism. Our region has a very strong sartorial tradition, it is an excellence in many fields. Even the New York Times has consecrated us among the regions to visit absolutely. I think of my city: shirt makers, tailors, shoemakers. It's something we carry inside. You are what you are because you were born there, otherwise you would not have become what you have become. If I think of Emanuel Ungaro, his father was from Francavilla Fontana, he was my father's tailor who moved to Paris. Before there was only France: French wine, French fashion, French catering. Then things changed: the greatest forerunner was Gianni Versace who opened to all Italians. And I, like him, am manic.