Oxus

Italian brand of designer bags, conceived by Raphael Mamet and made using the experience of master leather craftsmen from Gru.P. Italia, a company specialized in producing fine leather goods for famous brands. Oxus is one of the main companies operating in the field, with a head office in Milan and a factory in Salzano. Oxus designs are small, strong pouches with a sculptural quality, that take the shape of their content.

Ocelot

A fur obtained from the ocelot, a South American wild cat. This valuable and rare fur has a yellow background covered with dark oblong patches.

Olcese

Alessandra (1960). Fashion show director. A law graduate, she moved to London where she studied for a diplomatic career. She stumbled across the fashion world by chance: “At the time I was doing odd jobs just to make a living,” she recounted. Then, after running Giuliano Fujiwara’s press office and working in Franca Soncini’s PR office, in 1997 she founded a company called Random to organize fashion shows and events. The business was a success and her clients now include many important and well-established names such as Bluemarine, Max Mara, Sportmax, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Antonio Berardi, Salvatore Ferragamo, and La Perla. She organizes a total of fifty fashion shows a year around the world.

Orlon

Trade name for one of the first acrylic fibers, invented by Dupont in the 1950s and noted for its soft handle and lightweight warmth. Because of this, and because it is machine washable, it is often mixed or substituted for wool in knitwear.

Outerbridge

Paul (1896-1958). Photographer from New York. He studied anatomy and aesthetics at the Art Student League, photography at the Clarence White School, and sculpture with Alexander Archipenko. At the same time he worked as an illustrator, painter, and set designer. In 1925 he moved to Paris where he opened his own photographic studio, joining Man Ray and Hoyningen Huene’s artistic circle. He moved to Berlin and then London, but in 1929 he returns to New York, where he workd for various important fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. In 1943 he moved to California where he developed an interest in portraiture and reportage. Although he only held one exhibition and published one book in his lifetime, his work was rediscovered and re-evaluated in the 1980s with numerous exhibitions (including one in San Francisco and one at the Photokina in Cologne) and two monographs.

Oreste Boggio Casero

Manufacturer of fine and extra fine fabrics in pure wool, cashmere, silk, and linen. It was founded in 1972 in Cerreto Castello (Biella) by Oreste Boggio Casero, an experienced project manager for major wool industry manufacturers. Seventy percent of output is exported to the USA, the Middle East, and Europe.
&Quad;2000. The Biella-based manufacturer created Mythos Super 180’s, a 14.5 micron wool fabric, so fine as to be comparable to cashmere.