Gilberto Calzolari is a high-end prêt-à-porter brand made in Italy with a “green” heart that believes that elegance and beauty must go hand in hand with respect for our planet.
The style of Gilberto Calzolari is represented by a glamorous and timeless design expressed in a refined silhouette of clean lines, exquisite retro details and unexpected combinations.
Precious fabrics, complemented by the highest quality in production techniques and tailoring craftsmanship, bear the hallmarks of a brand with a strong identity and code of ethics in tune with the needs of contemporary living, where innovation and environmental sustainability meet the creativity and elegance for which Made in Italy is known around the world, against the prevailing practices of today’s fast fashion.
Winner of the prestigious Franca Sozzani Green Carpet Award, Gilberto Calzolari was born and raised in Milan, son of a fabrics salesman and store manager for high-end boutiques, has breathed fashion since childhood, enthralled by the collections that walked the runway during the golden years of Italian ready-to-wear. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, and began an impressive career in the fashion industry working for the most prestigious luxury brands in Italy. He soon became a senior designer, developing a strong penchant for dresses and flou. The outfits he created for these brands appeared on the covers of major fashion magazines, as well as in the most important runway and red carpet events.
In 2015, Calzolari decided to create his own brand of high-end sustainable fashion, which bears his name. The logo – two intertwined ginkgo leaves around the initials GC, combining Japanese elements with an art nouveau-inspired emblem – mirrors his idea of style: a brand rooted in the Milanese tradition of luxury, and yet drawing inspiration from wide-ranging suggestions, in a contemporary aesthetic characterised by a mixture of opposites.
His first capsule collection FW 2017-18, entitled “My Arctic Heart”, walked the runway during Milan Fashion Week in a special event called Next Trend, organized by Banca Intesa Sanpaolo in partnership with the National Chamber of Italian Fashion.
That was followed by the SS 2018 collection “Exotica”, and the FW 2018-19, entitled “2046”, which was first introduced at the Showcase event during Altaroma and then presented in the official calendar of the Milano Fashion Week in February 2018, and in a special runway show event in Rome.
His SS 2019 collection, entitled “Une Partie de Campagne”, earned him the prestigious Franca Sozzani Green Carpet Award 2018 for Best Emerging Designer during the 2018 Green Carpet Awards at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
His FW 2019-2020 collection, entitled “Unnatural” and his SS 2020 collection entitled “Dune”, both presented as a special event in the official calendar of the Milano Fashion Week, with the support of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion, represent at once the coherent development of a precise artistic path and an even more radical and surprising step forward, where the topics of environmental sustainability and respect for our planet are laid out in an extremely creative and original way.
In 2019 Gilberto Calzolari won the Monte Carlo Fashion Week Award as Best Emerging Designer for his contribution to sustainable fashion, and his works were showcased at Expo China, Budapest Central European Fashion Week, and White’s WSM Fashion Reboot, the first event fully dedicated to sustainable fashion and innovation.
In February 2020 Gilberto Calzolari officially opened the Milano Fashion Week with the fashion show of his first seasonless collection (FW and SS) titled “Tilt System” and in July won the first edition of the C.L.A.S.S. Icon Award bestowed to a visionary creative who tunes fashion design with responsible innovation and raises awareness towards sustainable values.