Calvin Klein Designer Italo Zucchelli: Behind The Seams

Matt Salacuse
Behind the seams with Italo Zucchelli, the Creative Director of Calvin Klein's Menswear.

Calvin Klein has always been synonymous with sex and minimalism. Italo Zucchelli transformed menswear at the label, ushering it into the 21st century by creating futuristic designs and maintaining that eye-grabbing sex appeal of the brand.

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“Throughout the last ten years, I’ve been creating a different look for Calvin,” Italo told Billboard. “I merged sportswear and formal with technology and innovative fabrics.”

The man took a fabric from bike-seats in Italy and turned it into incredible boxy, brilliantly patterned jackets. It’s those kind of brainy aesthetics that caught the attention of the likes of Ciara, Future, Kanye West and Drake, who he hooked up with clothes for Drizzy's Would You Like a Tour international outing.

Born in La Spezia, Italy, Italo quickly headed over to London where he found inspiration in British artists like David Bowie and developed an interest in the city that can still be seen in his aesthetic.

“I went to London before I went to Milan,” Italo revealed. “I love the expressionistic style of the fashion and music there. I discovered David Bowie when I was 16. When I discovered him it was really a revelation for me.”

Check out the video interview to hear more of Italo’s inspiration, how he met Drake and artists he loves right now.


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