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We've decided to include something for the men in this post - fine Italian apparel and where to find it in Rome - in no particular order although many you will find in and around the fashionable Via Condotti just down from the Spanish Steps. Each of these family run companies has a proud Italian heritage that has stood the test of time.
Battistoni (est. 1946)
Celebrity artists who were friends of Battistoni willingly contributed to decorating his show and fitting rooms in the historic boutique in Via Condotti, with pictures, drawings, engravings and ceramics. Some of the many illustrious names include: Gentilini, Savelli, Fougeron, Quaglia, Picasso and Cocteau, whereas high profile customers include: Humphrey Bogart, Kirk Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Tyrone Power, Ingrid Bergman, Audrey Hepburn plus a host of other royals, aristocrats and tycoons.
Find Battistoni at: Via dei Condotti, 61/A.
Brioni (est. 1945)
Providing bespoke and ready to wear suits and separates to the likes of Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Morgan Freeman and Mads Mikkelsen. In 1952 - in the stunning White Hall at the Pitti Palace, Florence - Brioni was the first fashion house in history to organise a male fashion show, with male models sashaying down a catwalk.
Find Brioni at: Via Condotti, 21/A.
Ermenegildo Zegna (est. 1910)
Apart from being a talented tailor and menswear designer, Ermenegildo Zegna was a philanthropist and ambientalist. Today the family company is run by his grandchildren.
Find Zegna at Fiumicino Airport; Via Condotti 58; inside La Rinascente on Via del Tritone.
Fratelli Rossetti (est. 1953)
Run by three brothers - the second generation of this family business for both men's and women's footwear, outerwear and accessories.
Find them at: Via Borgognona 5/A; Via del Babuino 59/A.
Moreschi (est. 1946)
Footwear, bags and accessories - modern classics, with footwear that is manually tinted and hand stitched.
Find then at: Via Frattina 47/49.
Etro (est. 1968)
Initially a textile company whose signature bohemian fabric design was and has remained primarily paisley. Today collections include formal men's and women's wear, casual, bags, accessories, perfumes and items for the home.
Find them at: Via del Babuino 102.
Boggi Milano (est. 1939)
Even though this family business was established and growing since the pre-war era, Boggi didn't come to Rome until 2011. It was located on Via Cola di Rienzo and was the 100th Boggi boutique. Their collections include men's apparel, footwear and accessories.
Find them today at: Via Cola di Rienzo 266; Via del Corso inside the Galleria Alberto Sordi; Via del Babuino 20; Via Appia Nuova 168/170 and at the Castel Romano Designer Outlet and at Fiumicono Airport.
Borsalino (est. 1857)
A family business that has become iconic in the world of hats and all the best people want to wear one including celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Leonardo Di Caprio, Denzel Washington, Kate Moss, Nicole Kidman and John Malkovich.
Find them at: Piazza del Popolo 20; Via Campo Marzio 72/A; Via Sistina 58/A and inside La Rinascente department store at Piazza Fiume.
Information in this post has been researched using Wikipedia and the individual company websites.
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