Friday, December 16, 2005

A Few Questions For Domenico Vacca

Domenico Vacca was kind enough to answer a few questions for The Sartorialist about the future growth of his company.

Q: Do you have a design background?

A: My grandmother was one of the best tailors in the South of Italy. I grew up looking at her designs and patterns, and that was the best experience I could have ever had.

Q: As a percentage, what is the volume split between the men?s and women?s collections?

A: 60% Men, 40% Women

Q: You have grown your business very quickly in the U.S.; any plans for Europe or Asia?

A: Milan in September 2006, Hong Kong after that, with London and Paris and Moscow following.

Q: Do you see offering the DV label through specialty or department stores?

A: I have many requests from the department stores, but quality and exclusivity do not match with the department store concept. We are working on a new formula that may work!

Q: Any new product categories in the works?

A: We just launched the formal wear and evening wear collections, and we are working on perfumes, jewelry and watches.

Q: Fashion shows?

A: September 2006 New York City. All Sartorialists are invited!

Q: Are you going to Hollywood?

A: We are already in Hollywood with a store on Rodeo Drive, and three movies for which we designed and manufactured the entire wardrobes in 2005.

?Stranger than Fiction?, the new movie of director Marc Forster (?Finding Neverland?), where I designed the wardrobes for Dustin Hoffman, Will Farrell, and Queen Latifah.

“The Inside Man?, the new movie of director Spike Lee, for which we designed the wardrobes of Denzel Washington, Christopher Plummer and Jodie Foster.

“Mission Impossible 3″ for Tom Cruise.

Also, we dress on a regular basis Scarlett Johansson, Melanie Griffith, Jodie Foster, Nicollette Sheridan, Usher, Diddy, Kanye West, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, and many designers such as Valentino Garavani and Tommy Hilfiger.


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  1. Solomon Animashaun

    December 16, 2005 at 8:42 am

    Great shoes. I love the way the length of the trousers accentuate the shoes.

    What I admire most is the way it all looks so effortless……quite exquisite!

  2. Anonymous

    December 16, 2005 at 2:23 pm

    It’s great to see that DV is getting so much press and rapidly expanding.

    I just hope that doesnt conflict with their quality and designs.

  3. Gin Wong

    December 16, 2005 at 5:21 pm

    I live in southern California and had never heard of Domenico Vacca until I started to read this site.

  4. Jay

    December 17, 2005 at 6:53 am

    What do you guys think about the length of the tie?
    I te my ties most of the time with the tip of the tie just touching my belt (which is a lot higher than Mr. DV is wearing here).

    I have seen ties tied it a LOT shorter, say 5 inches from the belt. I’m not sure what to think about that. It looks dandy if all the other parts of the suit (incl. shoes) are done right. Otherwise I’m afraid it looks shabby like folks wearing a tie with a bigbelly. :)

  5. Anonymous

    December 17, 2005 at 7:09 pm

    jay–Vintage ties?

    A half century or so ago, ties often were about ten inches shorter than they are today. Of course, most people, too, were shorter back in the ‘thrirties and ‘forties. Nevertheless, it was not uncommon to see well-dressed men whose ties ended closer to the sternum than the navel. (I believe the latter is considered the proper target today.)

  6. Anonymous

    December 22, 2005 at 12:22 am

    love DV style and the quality. he is the best!
    i was in the madison store and everything is so beatiful and the hand work on everything is incredible.
    love the shirts, the nine fold ties, the blazers, the suits and ….the shoes.
    i would love to see the DV spring collection on the sartorialist

  7. Anonymous

    April 24, 2006 at 4:36 pm

    he always looked good and weared the best even when he was still a lawyer in Milan (that was a long time ago tough wen he was still remembeing where he was comig from little town Andria) don´t look back like johnny Lee maybe the answer…..

  8. urbanintllctl

    July 24, 2006 at 9:28 pm

    I believe those short ties were designed to be worn underneath vests. In those days, men exposed very little of their shirt and kept their vests closed almost permanently. So, there was no need for long ties.

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