Andrea Pompilio’s concept of contemporary tailoring rebels against traditional elegance. His and the sophisticated, yet relaxed style—seen in his triumphant debut collection for a/w ‘11—attracted his first American retailer Park & Bond and the attention of Vogue Italy. Now preparing for his upcoming special presentation for Who is On Next?/Pitti Uuomo, Pompilio is poised to shape a new generation of menswear design.
Born in Pesaro, Italy, Pompilio’s home was an artistic haven with infectious creativity stemming from his father, an architect, and mother, a passionate painter. Raised in his grandmother’s fashion shop, he knew clearly from the age of 8 that he wanted to be a fashion designer. With a diploma in fashion design from the Institute of Art in Pesaro, Pompilio enrolled in the Master’s program at leading European fashion school Instituto Marangoni. After graduating in 1995, he honed his fashion skills at luxury Italian houses Alessandro Dell’Acqua and Prada as well as Bally, Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent.
Inspired by the laid back style of American sportswear, Pompilio launched his first menswear line for a/w ‘11. His collection of heavy knit cardigans and double breasted blazers expressed a natural, masculine feel. Pompilio argues that there is a lack of informality in a market dominated by austerity and what he calls “fancy” aesthetic sportswear. Pompilio aims to breech those barriers of complex menswear with an understated collection of pants, shirts and parkas defined by quality construction.
His s/s ’12 collection outlines the journey of one traveler from Rio de Janeiro to Milan for Fashion Week. His story commences with a charming light brown suit, thin lapels and skinny chinos with relaxed hips and tapered ankles. Soon thereafter a series of wardrobe changes begins, from a light transparent wool-gauze tank top to multi-pocket linen shirts in floral Hawaiian prints, which provide some relief to the hot Brazilian air. Leafy prints are also found on oversized denim Bermuda shorts with complementing contrast trims and smart lace-up shoes. Pompilio adds a creative outdoor vest in copper teal blue with interesting neck details and simple padding.