Born in Italy’s Romagna region, Gabriele Pasini is an ardent supporter of ‘Made in Italy’ and a follower of the Neapolitan school of tailoring. Before becoming a fashion designer he was a qualified ‘master artist’ and as a boy he attended the Gaetano Ballardini State Institute of Ceramic Art in Faenza. Pasini has always had an innate aptitude for tailoring, developed over the years through professional and artisan training from leading Neapolitan tailors, learning stylistic techniques on the construction of the perfect jacket and gaining inspiration on the search for different shapes and materials. Gabriele sees himself as a globetrotter and one of his main role models is Yves Saint Laurent, whom he admires for his elegance, nobility and modernity along with his classic and flawless styling, marked by a touch of melancholy and insouciance. He continually finds his main sources of inspiration in his own origins and in Italian local traditions and culture. Pasini opened his first store 25 years ago in Modena. In 2012, he entered a joint venture with Lardini, which still produces and distributes the Gabriele Pasini brand throughout Italy and abroad. Thanks to this collaboration, the first Lardini and Gabriele Pasini f lagship store opened in Milan in 2017.
Pasini has an unmistakable identity, rooted in the artisan classicism of Neapolitan tailoring but evolving season after season with influences from contemporary trends, as selected and interpreted by the designer. Craftsmanship, Made in Italy and a zero kilometer – which in fashion is tantamount to an ethical, sustainable approach – are the three touchstones of Pasini’s creations. These features are reflected in the perfect construction and wearability of Pasini’s clothes, continuously tweaked to respond to the rapid evolution of fashion. The Gabriele Pasini brand can be recognised by the skull-shaped symbol on its jacket and coat lapels, which in recent seasons has also featured in its fabric patterns. The skull is intentionally shown in profile, not from the front, suggesting a message of looking to the future and towards life, as opposed the stereotypical associations of the symbol.