Sophia Loren, "La Dolce Vita" and Milan--if you love Italian style, you might be a fan of Piazza Sempione. Since 1990, the label has been crafting high-quality fashions with Italian tailoring and style. In addition to its high-end Piazza Sempione line, the brand launched Piazza Sempione BLU, a line geared toward younger fans of the label.
Husband-and-wife design fashionistas Marisa Guerrizio and Roberto Monti founded the Piazza Sempione line. With backgrounds in economics and sales, respectively, the two shared a knowledge for business, but a love for fashion. Guerrizio and Monti named their fashion line for a street in Milan. Milan also is where the line is headquartered. In 2006 investment firm L Capital purchased an interest in Piazza Sempione as a means to expand the business into more international markets.
If you draw attention wherever you go without saying a word, Piazza Sempione clothing may be for you. According to the designer's website, the line philosophy is "We make clothing that does not ask for attention because it naturally receives it: our collections speak for themselves." The designers' philosophy is that of the Italian word "passepartout," which means "pass key." The pass key idea means the clothing can take the wearer anywhere--from the office to dinner to an event. The designers choose fabrics that are manufactured in Italy. "New York" magazine highlighted Piazza Sempione's fabrics that increase the life of their pieces. While you may pay more for the clothing, it is priced for its quality, fit and timelessness.
Classics, with a Twist
Piazza Sempione clothing includes dresses, laser-cut tunics, shorts, capris and denim. Much of the clothing is Audrey Hepburn-inspired, such as the "Audrey" Capri pant that features a slim leg made in navy, white, black or denim. These pants can be paired with the brand's luxe linen/cotton embellished sweater or dressed down with a tunic or poplin blouse. Dress options take basic shapes like the A-line or shift and add twists like a leather ruffle, geometric pattern print or a colorful belt.
In addition to its clothing line, Piazza Sempione offers a separate accessories line that includes belts, shoes, jewelry and handbags. While Piazza Sempione's fashions may be classic and understated, the jewelry tends to be larger, including bib necklaces made with metal and wood. Wooden beads also are incorporated into multiple strands and larger wooden beads. Shoes are made of leather and suede, such as pumps with a half-inch platform and folded wave details. Oversize leather handbags also feature folded leather waves in muted colors like stone gray and subdued blues.