Baldassari Maurizio (1936). Italian designer. Supporter of the total look concept conceived as a reinterpretation of the formal. Born in Liguria (Lerici), Maurizio Baldassari launched his first menswear collection in 1983. Moreover this was when international demand for subtle Italian men’s fabrics and clothing was pushing an entire generation of new Italian designers onto the international scene. His first collection was followed by the underwear collection (’88). Then year later he launched the womenswear collection (’89).
Baldassari is a tailor at heart, working contemporary influences, including touches of leather and boldly modern hues, into a classic repertoire. Like many of his contemporaries, Baldassari began his career working for the Italian department store chain La Rinascente. There he served as a buyer and a consultant from 1957 to 1975. He left Rinascente to begin design consulting for fashion companies including Ellesse, Robe di Kappa, Redaelli and Levi’s.
In the same period he served as a design consultant for the Italian Fashion Committee of the Textile and Clothing Industries. In the 1980s he also designed a complete line for the Japanese department store Takashimaya. He designed a complete line for them. Additionally in the meantime several “Maurizio Baldassari – Made in Italy” single-brand stores have been opened also in very important Chinese cities.
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