DE SANTIS BY MARTIN ALVAREZ

Prêt-à-porter collection embodying a vibrant femininity


Founded in 1961 by Aniello De Santis, his eponymous company continues its long-standing family tradition for Italian high fashion, thanks to the craftsmanship and tailoring skills that have characterized the maison’s journey for over 60 years. Today, the brand is represented by Aniello De Santis’ sons, Carmine and Valentino, and continues to offer distinguished, bridal, and original high- end clothing collections. Its ready-to-wear selections combine an eclectic mix of authenticity, modernity, and personality that is reflective of the brand’s cultural origins and passions.

From its original and unique furs to its men’s and women’s wear that range from classically elegant formal wear to tailor-made leisurewear, for decades the innovative fashion house has continued to evolve and reinvent itself while remaining true to its Italian roots. Offering luxury items renowned for the quality of the textiles and the elegance and refinement of their construction. In 1980, the company established its atelier headquarters in the town of Pontecagnano, in the prestigious province of Salerno, Italy, where generations of highly skilled artisans gathered and thrived since the beginning of the century. The result is a dynamic brand characterized by a commitment to craftsmanship and the finest manufacturing process. Renowned as a high-fashion company with strong ties to its territory, De Santis pays constant homage to creative inspiration, conceiving each garment as a unique piece of art.

In 2016, Carmine De Santis and Colombian designer Martin Alvarez joined forces to mark a new evolution for the brand. The De Santis by Martin Alvarez line, where Italian inspiration and a Colombian soul come together to create vibrant combinations of styles, colors, and materials was born. Martin Alvarez, an industry master in the choice of colors and fabrics, tireless experimenter of new shapes and artfully molded feminine lines, teamed up with Carmine De Santis to introduce a new contemporary luxury that is both young at heart and refined. An innovative collection with a clear fashion identity showcasing exclusive furs, light and fluid apparel, and fine tailored suits. A selection of fashion ensembles where uncommon combinations, brightened by intense flashes of color, highlight fine contrasts between lines and shades.

The De Santis by Martin Alvarez collections stand out for their pioneering use of notable volumes and materials, the accuracy and innovation in the workmanship, and the exclusivity of the details. Rich plaids, flowing elegant lines, a flirty play on the formality of pleats, a provocative neckline and the unexpected cinch of a refined waistline, are a few of the sensual features of these exquisitely avant-garde creations.

Starting with carefully selected raw materials and respecting the most genuine tradition of Italian haute couture, each garment is made in Italy by skilled workers incorporating proven techniques and using the finest fabrics in order to offer superior quality designs. A closer look of the De Santis collection is like an intimate journey into Italy’s rich tradition and bespoke excellence that have been informing the company’s creative endeavors and core values for over 50 years.