Milanese, with studies at the Fine Arts Academy under his belt, Giancarlo Petriglia has an impressive résumé, starting with his years working in the style office of an Italian brand and worldwide symbol of Italy design like Trussardi, which was followed by other important partnerships until his decision to make his debut in September 2011 with a collection of accessories in his own name. He instantly caught attention with his bags and the following year was a finalist at the important "Who's on next?" competition, sponsored by Vogue Italia. Quality and attention to details, Italian production (his bags are made in Palermo), and innovative design that recalls highbrow cultural inspiration, all make Giancarlo Petriglia’s bags veritable objects of desire. The designer is taking his collection to Super, a project by Pitti Immagine and Fiera Milano, in conjunction with the Municipality of Milan, and we met him on the eve of his departure for this fair to tell us more about his collection.
Can you tell us about the s/s 2014 collection?
The s/s 2014 is inspired by Leon Baskt, the Russian painter, scenery and costume designer who worked in Paris in the early twentieth century. The bags have essential lines with hand-painted python and precious embroidery that test out unusual combinations. For more important occasions, the clutches are set like gems in rigid brass frames. Volumes change and transform, the colour palette is opulent and innovative like scenery from the Kyrov Theatre: red is teamed with light blue and powder blue, iris with turquoise and yellow, all cut with black.
What the collection’s must-have?
The Clari, a small hand-embroidered bag, with a multi-material and multicoloured geometric motif.
You are taking your designs for f/w 14-15 to Super. Can you tell us about them?
The f/w 2014-15 is dedicated to two female fashion icons: Anna Piaggi with her colourful, surreal world, and Diana Vreeland, sophisticated, glamorous and international. The shapes of the bags are in keeping with the latest in design, constructions that allow them to be transformed and expanded. The bucket bags with removable pockets that become clutches, the evening bag that splits in two, the shopper with removable pockets that becomes clutches and with a play on handles that turn it into a Hobo bag.
Where does the inspiration for your collections come from?
Input for the collections comes from everything that arouses my curiosity, from art to design, and from the constant search for beauty. Every season I question myself and start from scratch, as if it were the first collection.
What do you think is important about fairs like Super?
The importance of Super is its ability to bring together professionals from the international and national trade. Super is a prestigious showcase that helps up-and-coming designers to get the right visibility for their labels.