A quite long list of famous Italian fashion designers is part of the basic fashion knowledge of every fashionista.

Italy is almost a trademark name when it comes to fashion (and design. And food. But this is not what this article is about.)

You already know the old and classic but still shiny and new Italian fashion designers (because, hey, Italian fashion knows how to reinvent itself with every season). But do you know them all?

When you’re quizzed about your favorite Italian fashion designers names and brands, it’s probably Bottega Veneta, Valentino, Dolce&Gabbana, Versace, Moschino, Gucci, Fendi, Armani, Prada, that come to your mind.

But, believe us, the list doesn’t stop there.

What about: Miu Miu, Marni, Moncler (no, no, it’s not french!), Fila, Diesel, Ellesse (yep, they are Italian!)?

And what about:

  • Elisabetta Franchi
  • Bruno Magli
  • Giuseppe Zanotti
  • Lorenzo Serafini
  • Studio Pollini
  • Massimo Giorgetti

Do you know any of them?

If not, here we go. You can read about their vision and see their creations.

1.Elisabetta Franchi

A 49 year old Italian fashion designer with a life-long passion for fashion design.

Her design career started in 1998 when she created her first famous fashion brand: Celyn B.

Elisabetta Franchi, the fashion brand, was launched during the 2011 Fashion Week in Milan and is successful all over the world ever since.

Elisabetta Franchi Waist Tie Blouse

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Elisabetta Franchi Pencil Skirt with Bow Detail

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Elisabetta Franchi Belted Pant Black

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2. Bruno Magli

The brand was founded in 1936 by the 3 Magli brothers: Marino, Mario, and Bruno.

Not a new brand. In fact, it’s getting close to becoming a century old brand. While the brand is not 100% iItalian (as it was acquired by an investment fund based in New York), the design and operation part of the business is still happening in the same town where the brand was born: Bologna, Italy.

Bruno Magli Adeola Sandal



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Bruno Magli Snake Skin Slingback Pump


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Bruno Magli Mirta Platform Pump

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3. Giuseppe Zanotti

Giuseppe Zanotti is a relatively new brand of luxury shoes founded in 2000 by Giuseppe Zanotti. The company is based in Zanotti’s home town near the famous seaside resort of Rimini in Italy.

The distinctive signs of his shoes are: the sculptural forms, the jeweled heels, and the hand crafted embroideries.

Giuseppe Zanotti Heeled Sandal

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Giuseppe Zanotti Heeled Sandal

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Giuseppe Zanotti Woman Suede Sandal

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4. Lorenzo Serafini

He is the former women fashion lead designer at Dolce&Gabana. Lorenzo Serafini has joined Alberta Ferretti’s second fashion line Philosophy in May 2014.

On his own words, he describes himself as someone ready to explore “deep and stimulating thoughts and ideas”. And his collections are an accurate reflection of his attitude.

Philosophy by Lorenzo Serafini – Striped Short Sleeve Sweater

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Philosophy by Lorenzo Serafini – Lace Trim Sweater

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Philosophy by Lorenzo Serafini – High Waisted Trousers

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5. Studio Pollini

Studio Pollini is another famous Italian fashion designer brand only known to the real connoisseurs.

It was founded in 1953 in Emilia Romagna, Italy, the place that will soon become a hub for luxury shoemaking thanks to the highly skilled artisans striving to make every pair of shoes the perfect one.

Studio Pollini strives to balance innovative ideas with tradition and artisan values to create easily recognizable collections of high quality shoes and accessories.

Studio Pollini – Heeled Sandal


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Studio Pollini – Heeled Sandal


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Studio Pollini – Floral Wedge Shoe

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6. Massimo Georgetti

Massimo Georgetti founded MSGM, his fashion brand, in 2009 with the mission to create free spirit, cutting-edge, energetic high fashion pieces.

He has infused his brand with a hint of urban and sportswear and made it one of the most acclaimed brands of today’s fashion scene.

MSGM TShirt Short Sleeves

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MSGM Zip Chelsea Booties

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