Isabel Benenato Profile
Born in Naples, Isabel Benenato was inspired by her mother and grandfather, tailors by profession, from whom she inherited her love of fashion. Having honed her creative skills in a number of ateliers and fashion schools in London, Isabel launched her eponymous label, showcasing her unique and experimental style. Isabel Benenato’s sophisticated and minimalist creations outlive seasonal trends thanks to a dedication to rich materials and an undivided love for Italian craftsmanship. Experimenting with volume and asymmetry, her valuable yarns and leather are hand processed and treated to give a unique feel and weight.
Isabel Benenato is for men and women who prefer fashion’s road less traveled by. Her effortless, out-of-time pieces inspired by an accumulative, layered approach to dressing, incorporate free form and classic silhouettes, contemporary and historic references, assembled in a symbiotic relationship between design and handcraft.
This all starts with Lucca, the Tuscan town where Isabel and her husband Filippo Novelli and their close knit group of artisans live and work. Design and construction are inextricably linked in a harmonious process of trial and error where creativity is matched by craftsmanship until pieces feel and look exceptional.
Knitwear, leathers and wovens rely on Tuscany’s incomparable techniques which have been passed down in this region from one generation to the next for a lived-in quality. Benenato’s signature shows in the poetic blend of textures, shape and natural arc of colors for both sophisticated urbanites and natural born wanderers.
Isabel Benenato came naturally to design growing up in the creative atmosphere of Naples where her mother and uncle had their own sewing factory. Moving north to Tuscany as a young girl, her design intelligence developed and she pursued her interest in fashion in London before completing a degree in foreign languages at the University of Pisa.
Back in Italy, Benenato immersed herself in technique working with a leather factory near Florence developing finishings for a star roster of international clients until she was ready to design and produce her own collection. Working with Filippo Novelli whose family has a long history in knitwear, Benenato has slowly, but surely developed a complete range for men and women.
Now Fall is fast approaching, we have stocked the new AW18 Isabel Benenato collection for men and women. We have beautiful garments for men from double-breasted overcoats to sweaters to knitwear. The collection boasts simple, yet elegant, designs along with the perfect materials needed to keep you warm through the colder months. Not forgetting the accessories, Benenato has designed some unique winter hats and scarves for that finishing touch to any outfit.
Womenswear is now also available in our Leeds designer fashion boutique. We have intricate woven knitwear designed to complete any outfit as well as act as that extra, beautiful layer. Not just for menswear but Benenato has crafted some amazing accessories for women too. Handcrafted long-length gloves and super soft scarves make up subtle additions to to any winter look. These will soon be available online and to order.