Brioni is an Italian menswear couture house owned by French holding company Kering. Founded in Rome in 1945, it is known for its made-to-measure men's suits, sartorial ready-to-wear collections and leather goods.
Throughout its history, the company has invented concepts such as the men's runway show, the trunk show, and the ready-to-wear Haute Couture. It has been a point of reference for the entertainment, institutional and business worlds. Its Creative Director from July 2012 to February 2016 was British-born Brendan Mullane. Its creative director from April 2016 to September 2016 was Justin O’Shea.
As of June 15, 2017, Nina-Maria Nitsche is Brioni's Creative Director.
Brioni was established in Rome in 1945 as a men's tailoring company by founders Nazareno Fonticoli, a tailor, and Gaetano Savini, an entrepreneur. They opened their first shop on Via Barberini 79, naming the brand after the formerly Italian Brionian Islands (now part of Croatia); the shop is still at the same address. Brioni quickly started to raise interest from high-profile movie business personalities, heads of state and business leaders.
In 1952, Brioni staged the first men’s fashion show in history, inside the Sala Bianca at Palazzo Pitti in Florence. The clothes introduced new silhouettes, bold colors and innovative fabrics, marking an important chapter for the company. A couple of years later, Brioni invented the trunk show, during which the collections were presented directly in stores, allowing customers to personalize the garments with the Su Misura service (made-to-measure).
In 1959, a production plant was opened in Penne, Abruzzo, birth town of Nazareno Fonticoli. Called Brioni Roman Style, the state-of-the-art factory introduced the concept of Prêt Couture, or ready-to-wear Haute Couture that sealed the international rise of the brand.
In 1985, the company opened a tailoring school in Penne with the aim of transmitting to younger generations the specific Brioni sartorial method.
In 2007 and 2011 The Luxury Institute ranked Brioni among the most prestigious men’s fashion luxury goods brands in America.
In 2012, with the acquisition by French group Kering, the company entered a new phase. Under the leadership of Creative Director Brendan Mullane, Brioni designs, develops and manufactures Su Misura garments and sartorial ready-to-wear collections as well as leather goods, shoes, eyewear and fragrance. Brioni products are distributed globally, encompassing Europe, Asia and America, through directly-owned boutiques and a network of department stores.
On March 23, 2016, luxury conglomerate Kering announced that it had appointed Justin O’Shea, a heavily tattooed Australian and street-style enthusiast with more than 80,000 Instagram followers, as creative director. A self-taught retail expert, O’Shea was formerly the fashion director of the German e-commerce site MyTheresa.
O’Shea featured the four members of Metallica dressed in Brioni tuxedos in his first ad campaign with the brand; the photos were shot by Zackery Michael. The remake of Brioni's logo under O'Shea by friend and frequent collaborator Benny Robinson has been compared to the Fraktur typeface. O'Shea showed his first collection for the house on 4 July 2016.
In early October 2016 Brioni announced that O'Shea would leave the brand. Brioni reported that its Autumn/Winter 2017 collection would be presented to buyers in the Milan showroom from mid-November 2016 but would not have a corresponding runway show.
On 17 March 2017 announced the appointment of Fabrizio Malverdi as CEO, a month after Gianluca Flore stepped down from the role.
As of 2015, Brioni had 46 directly-operated retail stores. Brioni has stores in:
- Austria: Wien
- Czech Republic: Prague
- France: Cannes, Paris, Courchevel
- Germany: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich
- Italy: Rome, Milan, Porto Cervo
- Spain: Marbella, Barcelona
- Switzerland: St.Moritz, Zurich
- Turkey: Istanbul
- Russia: Moscow, Saint-Peterburg, Ekaterinburg
- Ukraine: Kiev
- UK: London, Bicester
- North America
- Latin America
- East Asia
- Cambodia: Phnom Penh
- China: Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Dalian, Hangzhou, Harbin, Shenyang, Suzhou, Xi'an
- Hong Kong
- Indonesia: Jakarta
- Japan: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka
- Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur
- Singapore: Singapore
- South Korea: Seoul, Busan
- Thailand: Bangkok
- Central Asia
- Middle East
- ^ mrporter.com Brioni
- ^ kering.com Brioni is strengthening its creative capacity and appoints Brendan Mullane as Creative Director 9 July 2012
- ^ Lauren Milligan, vogue.co.uk Brioni's Brit 9 July 2012
- ^ Luisa Zargani Brioni Taps Artists for Fall Ad Campaign June 15, 2015
- ^ Kate Abnett, Brioni Names Justin O’Shea Creative Director The Business of Fashion March 23, 2016
- ^ Leitch, Luke (March 23, 2016). "G'day, O'Shea: Why Brioni's New Aussie Creative Director Is an Inspired Appointment". Vogue.
- ^ After Just 6 Months, Justin O’Shea Is Out at Brioni, The New York Times, 5 October 2016
- ^ Brioni Names Nina-Maria Nitsche as New Creative Director LIMEI HOANG, JUNE 15, 2017
- ^ Brioni Names Nina-Maria Nitsche as Creative Director The New York Times, Elizabeth Paton, 2017/06/16
- ^ Brioni Appoints Nina-Maria Nitsche As Creative Director Kering press release, 15 June 2017
- ^ Brioni Taps Nina-Maria Nitsche as New Creative Director: The designer succeeds Justin O'Shea, who left Brioni after a six-month stint. Luisa Zargani, Women's Wear Daily, June 15, 2017
- ^ Brioni Appoints Nina-Maria Nitsche as Its New Creative Director Following Justin O’Shea’s brief tenure. Patrick Montes, Hypebeast, June 16, 2017
- ^ brioni.com Heritage
- ^ telegraph.co.uk Mencyclopaedia: Brioni Archived 2015-07-21 at the Wayback Machine
- ^ Visiting the source: making Brioni suits The New York Times, 14 April 2014
- ^ Luxury Institute Survey: Wealthy Consumers Rate Top Men's Fashion Brands of 2007 Brioni, Armani and Ermenegildo Zegna May 22, 2007
- ^ Alex Carter, Hermes, Brioni and Versace ranked as top luxury brands
- ^ Mark Scott, PPR Acquires Italian Suit Maker Brioni November 8, 2011
- ^ Marc Bain, Lovers of Brioni suits shouldn’t worry that a heavily tattooed Australian is the brand’s new creative head qz.com March 23, 2016
- ^ Elizabeth Patton, Brioni Announces Its Own Unconventional Hire The New York Times March 23, 2016
- ^ LAUREN SHERMAN, #Menswear is Dead. What's Next? JUNE 9, 2016
- ^ Brioni is the Latest Brand to Revamp its Image But Will it Work? June 29, 2016 The Fashion Law
- ^ MATTHEW SCHNEIER, The New Brioni, Shaken and Stirred New York Times , JULY 2, 2016
- ^ pitchfork.com Metallica Star in Hilarious Luxury Menswear Campaign, Matthew Strauss and Jazz Monroe, June 29, 2016
- ^ CHRISTOPHER MORENCY, Justin O'Shea Launches Own Brand: The launch of SSS World Corp marks O’Shea’s return to design following his departure from Brioni in October. businessoffashion.com APRIL 5, 2017
- ^ W magazine, Is Brioni's New Metallica Campaign Just John Varvatos-Lite? June 29, 2016, Max Lakin
- ^ Vogue (France), The new Brioni Man according to Justin O'Shea, Thaïs Dubs, translated by Cosima Baring, 05 July 2016
- ^ a b Justin O'Shea Exits Brioni TAMARA ABRAHAM, OCTOBER 4, 2016
- ^ KATIE BERRINGTON, Justin O'Shea Parts Ways With Brioni Vogue UK, 4 October 2016
- ^ Vogue UK, SCARLETT CONLON, Brioni Appoints CEO 17 March 2017
- ^ (in Italian) Malverdi è il nuovo CEO di Brioni, Pambianconews, 17 MARZO 2017
- ^ SCARLETT CONLON, Brioni's CEO Departs vogue.co.uk 28 February 2017
- ^ Women's Wear Daily, Gianluca Flore to Exit Brioni: Gianluca Flore joined Brioni in Nov. 2014. Luisa Zargani and Samantha Conti, February 28, 2017
- ^ Justin O’Shea Enlists Metallica For Brioni’s Radical Repositioning KATE ABNETT, JUNE 29, 2016
- ^ Store Locator brioni.com
- ^ Store Locator: Central America
- ^ Store Locator: CIS
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