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.