Blazé Milano was born from the belief that the blazer is the ultimate wardrobe staple— an armor against the world that also instantly adds a sense of sophistication, purpose, and flair. The label, which focuses exclusively on jackets, was started by three close friends and former fashion magazine editors: Corrada Rodriguez d’Acri, Delfina Pinardi, and Sole Torlonia. Upon meeting the charismatic trio, it’s easy to see them reflected in their designs, which possess a hard-to-define coolness and ease of wear.
“We all came from a fashion background, and when we met we knew that we wanted to create something within that realm,” explains Torlonia, who shared a bond with Pinardi over the blazers they wore during horse jumping competitions as kids. When the pair, who were already friends, met Rodriguez at Elle Italia, they quickly discovered that she shared the same love for blazers, and it wasn’t long before they were plotting Blazé Milano.
“We wanted to give to the blazer the same attention that tailors give to details in the menswear world, both in terms of materials and the construction of the garment. We started developing the concept, and as we explored the market, we realized that nobody else was focusing their attention so specifically on the one item,” explains Torlonia. They continued to hone in on the idea, launching officially in 2013.
“We love classic with a twist,” says Pinardi of the concept. “We borrowed the lines and silhouettes from the male wardrobe, and we added a feminine and charming touch though our fabric choices and accents like precious buttons, trims, and embroideries.” Beyond their wide range of design elements like fabric and tailoring, much of the inspiration comes from the women who inspire the trio.
“There is always a muse whose style and life inspire our collections. We connect to her world: her decade and the art, architecture, and interiors behind that period of time,” Rodriguez d’Acri explains. They’ve been inspired by Loulou de La Falaise and the interiors of Yves Saint Laurent’s home in Marrakech, Bianca Jagger’s smoking tuxedo at her wedding in St. Tropez, and Katherine Hepburn and Lauren Bacall’s connection to art nouveau. “All these women are strong, with incredible style and attitude,” she adds, and she could just as easily be talking about the designers themselves.