In the beginning, it was a game. Then it became a passion. Now it is fashion. These few, short sentences capture how Angelo Galasso, born on the 4th July 1959 in Francavilla Fontana, in the Puglia region, Italy, has achieved international success thanks to his unique style.
Growing up in a typical large middle class Italian family, Angelo’s father forbade his son to play in the streets for fear that he would fall in with the wrong crowd. Instead, he encouraged him to make friends with the local artisans, who were happy to welcome him in their workshops. This was where Angelo started to become familiar with fabrics, colours, shapes, and proportions. It was then that he understood the immense value of those trades, passed down generation after generation, by ordinary people who made extraordinary products. Those artisans helped Angelo to find the way to express himself through his unique and personal style, breaking the rules of fashion.
Angelo soon started to feel the pressure of a small-town environment and so he decided to move to Rome with his family, where he would soon develop a completely new style. In 1990, he launched Interno 8, a groundbreaking shirt collection that rewrote the rules of traditional tailoring with its exceptionally high collars and long cuffs. By the mid ‘90s, Interno 8 had become a phenomenal success, with 80 stores across Italy.
It was at this time that Angelo created the exclusive Polso Orologio (Watch cuff) shirt. The design was inspired by former Fiat president, Gianni Agnelli, who was forced to wear his watch over his shirt cuff due to an allergy. Angelo’s creation was the perfect combination of elegant style and practicality. The design was showcased at the Design Museum in London, leading the Financial Times to dub Angelo as The Da Vinci of Shirts.
In 2000, Angelo’s desire to explore new horizons led him to London. Another successful choice, as demonstrated by high-profile clients, such as Al Pacino, Sir Paul McCartney, Roger Moore, David Beckham, P. Diddy, Michael Caine, Simon and Yasmin Le Bon, Rod Stewart, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
His innate curiosity – which the creative director had been nurturing ever since the old days in the town workshops – made Angelo understand that the market was expecting something new; that is why, in 2005, he launched the brand, Billionaire Italian Couture, named this way in honour of his business partner, friend, and client, Flavio Briatore. This innovative and original concept allowed him to open boutiques all over the world and to establish himself as one of the most talented designers on the international fashion scene.
In 2009, Angelo’s combative spirit and strive for evolution led him to the most important step in his career: the launch of his eponymous line, which, once again, shook up the menswear codes. The ANGELO GALASSO brand opened its first House opened in Knightsbridge, London, with a collection that rewrote the codes of men’s style with subtle yet radical innovations, once only reserved to the world of women’s Haute Couture. The Milan House opened in 2011, soon followed by the New York House in 2012, in the Edwardian room at The Plaza Hotel. Shortly afterwards, ANGELO GALASSO expanded to Moscow and, that same year, the Angelo Galasso Foundation was launched in collaboration with the Moscow State Historical Museum.
In 2013, Angelo was voted, for the second year running, one of Britain’s Best Dressed Men by GQ, ahead of International stars, such as David Beckham, Prince Charles, and Daniel Craig. In Spring 2013, he launched Unico, the exclusive made-to-measure service that meets every modern gentleman’s requirement, allowing them to create an entire wardrobe, from suiting and shirting to leather accessories and even underwear.
2014 has kicked off with yet another consecration by GQ UK, which has named him one of the most elegant men with the definition of “Godfather of Italian Style”. His great friend, Sir Roger Moore, piled on yet more accolades by telling the British magazine that Angelo is one of the most important innovators of his generation. Angelo will launch a new 450 m2 space in March on Corso Matteotti at the corner of San Pietro All’Orto in Milan.