|PARIS, Apr 12, 2009 / FW/ — Born in the coastal town of San Remo, Italy in 1974, Alberto Marani’s initial training was in architecture, so it’s not surprising that Le Corbusier, Marcel Breuer, Fontana and Philip Lorca di Corcia influenced his life and constitute today as much as yesterday his principle sources of inspiration.
His father, a friend of Le Corbusier, transmitted to Alberto the taste for strong lines, structure and purity. Alberto kept these traits when he finally decided that his career would be in fashion. In a nod uniting past and present, father and son, master and disciple, the signature of Le Corbusier (extracted from the correspondence between Alberto’s father and the great architect) on every label of every garment by Alberto Marani.
Alberto moved to Paris in 1993, to study at the CHAMBRE SYNDICALE DE LA COUTURE. Shortly after his arrival in Paris, Alberto went on to work alongside Gianfranco Ferre during his tenure as Creative Director of Christian Dior Haute Couture and Ready-to-Wear. After four years at Dior, Alberto decided to launch a small knitwear collection. Seemingly overnight, these few pieces were greeted with a great success and soon found themselves in some of the most beautiful boutiques in Europe.
Alberto decided to flesh out the collection and offered several tailored pieces sculpted in a silhouette simultaneously slim and long, androgynous but profoundly feminine, where luxury is in the details.
Today, what began as a little knitwear collection has developed into a line with over 50 items, both tailored and knit, each season.
Since several seasons, the women’s collection has also taken a firm root in Japan, where today it can be found in some of that country’s most prestigious shops, boutiques and department stores. Now that the company has secured a strong foothold in Asia, they are turning their energies towards expanding the collections retail presence in both the Americas and Europe.