Slava (1953) Russian designer. Graduated with top marks from the Moscow High School of Textiles and after a long experience with the Soviet Fashion House, he opened his own atelier in 1978. After a few years he earned the title as the “perestroika” designer for dressing Raisa Gorbachev. He left Russia for Paris in 1988. An admirer of Italian fashion, Slava has taken it as his inspiration. Using rougher materials — such as cotton, felt, and wool — he has recreated a style that is very close to Italian fashion, particularly when it comes to suits and footwear.
&Quad;After winning various prestigious international fashion awards, Slava Zaitsev was made an honorary citizen of Paris for his creative contribution to the world of fashion.
&Quad;In the 1990s the designer was selected to design the robes of the judges of the Russian Constitutional Court and the uniforms of the Moscow Police.
&Quad;As well as being a fashion house, Slava Zaitsev is now also one of the most important model agencies in Russia, together with Prestige, Modus Vivendi and Abc.
&Quad;Zaitsev’s fragrances, the sales of which kept the company afloat during the difficult years of the collapse of the Soviet Union, ideally echo Russian tradition. Maroussia, a woman’s fragrance in a red bottle whose shape is similar to the outline of St Basil’s Cathedral, is a homage to the designer’s native country and his mother Maria.
&Quad;Slava’s son Yegor, also a designer, started to assist Slava in the running of the fashion house.


Italian clothing manufacturer. Founded in Novara in 1966 with the idea of renovating and transforming the Maglificio Augusto Zanetti, a family-run knitwear and underwear business. The Callaghan brand, whose knitwear is manufactured and distributed by Zamasport, was founded the same year. After two years Walter Albini was called in to redesign Callaghan’s jersey ready-to-wear Collection. When Albini ended his relationship with Callaghan in 1972, a young Gianni Versace took his place, where he remained until 1986. Accustomed to working with avant-guarde designers, Zamasport then employed Romeo Gigli to bring a fresh ethnic edge to the company’s new Collections, which met with international success at the end of the 1980s. Today Zamasport still produces and distributes the lines Gigli Donna, Gucci Donna, and Callaghan.


Emanuele (1971). Born in Carnago, near Varese, he graduated from the Fine Arts Academy of Milan and set up a company specializing in leather and fur clothing. His constant research into and experimentation with new textures, effects, colors, and prints have made him a popular consultant to Italian and foreign designers, and also to tanneries. As a logical consequence, at the end of the 1990s he produced his own Collection, but in it the leather and fur were almost unrecognizable.


Italian jewelry company, founded near Vicenza by the owner Robertino Zancan in 1987. It soon became established on the national and international markets. Zancan’s strength was to recognize the potential of color in jewelry. From the start their products played on the combination of colorful precious stones in geometric settings, then, 15 years later, they adopted more sinuous lines for their Liberty and Nouveau Collections. Several well known Italian actresses have provided testimonials for the brand, including Sabrina Febrilli.


Marco (1971). Fashion designer born in Bergamo. After studying at Milan’s Academy of Fine Arts, he worked with Lawrence Steele, then Dolce & Gabbana. In 1999 he joined Donatella Versace’s design team.


Leading children’s fashion company in France and Europe. It produces the Kickers, 3 Pommers, Assorba, Z, Floriane, and Confetti brands. Founded by Roger Zannier in Saint Chamont in 1962, the group produces mid- and high-range Collections for a range of ages, from newborn to junior.


Alberto (1953). Italian designer, specialized in knitwear. He started out in the 1970s, working on product planning and quality research for the Della Rovere label. He achieved commercial success with the invention of reversible cashmere and lambswool pieces. He founded his own label in 1987 and started producing more modern, linear knitwear made from combed yarns, predicting a trend that subsequently materialized. For several years he was in charge of the “Tibet fibers” project run by the American Bridge Fund, which was set up to promote one of the Tibetan people’s primary resources — yak hair. Since 2001 he has been collecting knitwear seconds, which he then repairs by hand and transforms into unique pieces to be sold through his Recycled Knit label. The label is distributed in Milan, Florence, New York, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.