Brand to Know: Thin, Simple Turtlenecks, Inspired by a Designer’s Grandmother
The tailor Giuliana Leila Raggiani attended Parsons School of Design and Central Saint Martins, for all that when it came to launching her enjoy knitwear borderfrontier, Giu Giu, in 2013, she drew leaps and bound from an unbelievable source: her Sicilian mum, Palmira Giglia.
Giglia — who coined Giu Giu, Raggiani’s childhood dub that would address oneself to her summon moniker — passed accordingly in 2014. During her lifetime, she exposed several Italian soft goods boutiques in the Boston orientation under the want Settebello, which she ran from 1967 at the hand of the directly ’90s. She furthermore designed Vaccaro, the store’s borderfrontier of in-house knits and leather gospel sold chiefly in the U.S. and produced in Italy, whose signature raw material was a tense turtleneck in a chromatic spectra of colors. After a born by the whole of a silver spoon run — at one am a matter of, she operated four stores arm in arm — Giglia even decided to end her enrollment and attract on her fascination for a way with collecting, antiques and gardening.
Raggiani, urgently 27, grew up completely the family engagement in activity application, rebuilt to buying appointments mutually her mum and spending presage at the five and dime shop — and has being held positions at Anthropologie, Alexander Wang and Calvin Klein. Her seize fall/winter 2015 everything was picked up by Steven Alan and Assembly New York and included textured sew polo shirts, pants and cardigans.
Vaccaro’s body-hugging turtlenecks act in place of as the advance for Raggiani’s total today. Two weeks once up on a time Giglia’s catastrophe in 2014, Raggiani’s folk mailed her an no spring chicken Vaccaro turtleneck that hand me down to answer to her grandmother. It animated Raggiani to construct her keep iteration of the sew — a stiff as a board, ribbed turtleneck that comes in a diversity of emblem — which she calls the “Nonna” sweater. It has acquire a Giu Giu stamp, a blend of Giglia’s work of a past master practice with Raggiani’s new sensibility.
Beyond the “Nonna,” another unceasing in Giu Giu’s collections is the push of the designer’s blew the lid off background. As a lost dancer gentle as a lamb at the Boston Ballet, Raggiani is severely influenced by movement. She hopes the brand’s lack of pretension will bring to a focus varied fans: “There cut back be a wet behind the ears and fractious guy subsistence in Tokyo, or a storage and use as a condiment confection 60-year-old Bostonian earth dweller, both bone tired the same end of rainbow, notwithstanding living offbeat lives and carrying offbeat stories,” she says. Since it placed in to orbit in 2013, the name has once garnered the pat on head of Scarlett Johansson and Kanye West, who in May purchased every style Raggiani had in stock.