(1960; Italy) In 1986 Ennio Capasa, together with his brother Carlo, founded the maison Costume National and presented his first women collection in Milan. This fashion designer formed at Brera Accademy of Fine Arts in Milan and once completed his studies he moved to Tokyo where he worked with Yohji Yamamoto for two years.
His no-frills and thin shapes are the unmistakable marks of his unique style, and a sober way to use color, giving preference to dark tones, especially black and natural colors. The use of natural fabrics and a special attention for sartorial details are other important features: in fact he merges Italian sartorial tradition with a modern and sophisticated sensibility. He’s a real innovator of classic style, especially focused on details and quality.
He finds inspiration in hard rock, funk, Italian 60’s movies, Body Art and sculpture. In 1993 he made his debut, in Milan, with his men collection “Costume National Homme” and then he personally managed the project of his first flagship stores in Milan, Tokio, Hong Kong and New York. Since 2000 he expanded his production to include bags, lingerie, accessories and perfumes.
The latest up-to-date “Eequal” label – in partnership with OVS Group – has been distributed since spring-summer 2011.