Menswear designer Andrea Pompilio knew he wanted to be a fashion designer at eight years old–his grandmother owned a boutique he says he “grew up inside,” and with an architect father and a mother who painted, it seems natural he would inherit a creative itch.
Pompilio only just launched his line two years ago, but he has already caught the attention of major Italian power players–namely, Giorgio Armani. He was the first designer invited by Armani to show in his theater at Via Bergognone during last month’s Men’s Fashion Week in Milan. “Mr. Armani’s invitation came three weeks before the show, taking all of us by surprise,” he says of the experience. “A very pleasant one, by the way!” Armani also sent Pompilio a personal note before the show wishing him luck.
And he’s not just grateful to Armani–Pompilio says he owes a lot to the emergence of Pitti Uomo. “Pitti has been a great springboard for my brand, all the team has been really supportive,” he tells me. “Pitti has definitely become one of the top trade shows worldwide over the past few years and I’m really glad I took part in this unstoppable rise.”
The tatted designer believes that Italy is no different from any other country, but does feel like there’s more competition. In terms of improving the lot of fledgling talent, he would change very little. “I think more could be done by established brands,” he offers, “but I think we’re on the right path.”
As for his own path, Pompilio presented his first women’s capsule collection this past January, which he hopes to soon turn into a full women’s line (um, please!).