64. The Great Designer…

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

64. The great designer…

The great designer is sitting on a white couch, surrounded and flattered by friends and fans. He is holding a flute of champagne. He immediately offers me one without knowing who I am. He is very kind and cordial, more so when the beautiful blond lady tells him my name and explains the originality of my work.

I notice his interest right away… his questions become more searching as he tries to learn more. I do not lack fantasy, even when inventing absurd tales. I have the ability to be quick, believable and keep a straight face.
In fact, I explain all of my painting and printing techniques, thinking of the fabrics, sweaters and pullovers I am printing daily. I just change the material from fabric to leather!

He asks me to bring some samples the next day. He will be leaving early in the afternoon, so, the appointment is made for late morning!

My head is spinning like a top, my friend asks me what I am thinking about so earnestly.
What colors am I might going to use? Where can I buy light glove leather? How can I roll it on the table to get a perfect print surface?

Next morning… get up early… I remember that my warehouse keeper Gianluigi used to work in a knitwear factory where they were using leather patches… the ones you apply to the elbows of shirts… Gianluigi procures me the leather and begins to help me make the leather soft and supple… a very light leather, light beige in color… the design I print on it is that of a small flower… 5 or 6 colors… very nice.

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN THE WORLD THAT LEATHER IS PRINTED ON AS IF IT WERE FABRIC!

I am very pleased… I rush to the appointment with the great designer. As soon as he sees my samples he cannot hide his enthusiasm. He begins to talk about collections… exclusivity… things that are new to me. I take my time and promise that I will soon get in touch!
Roberto Cavalli Vintage
This story is very important. From this strange coincidence the very idea of creating my first fashion collection is born.

I leave you now. I really want you to think about this…!

To be continued tomorrow…

Un bacino e…
I LOVE YOU
Roberto Cavalli Blog

8 replies
  1. Giulia
    Giulia says:

    Incredibile….è riuscito in mezza giornata a realizzare un qualcosa che non aveva mai fatto prima…..posso chiederle qual’ è la tecnica che ha usato per fare le stampe sulla pelle?….la lavorazione era la stessa che usava per le magliette oppure no?

    Un abbraccio
    Giulia

  2. alessandro
    alessandro says:

    Questo è stato il colpo di fortuna; essere al posto giusto con davanti a se la persona giusta!! Ma 40 anni di creazioni,onorata carriera e successi non si possono basare sulla fortuna, c’è del resto!!! Bravo Sig.Cavalli, anzi per la prima volta mi va di dirle ” BRAVO ROBERTO”….
    A presto,il Comandante!

  3. Sophie
    Sophie says:

    Dear Roberto,
    I’ve read through all of your blog entries today and my love for you and your work has grown so much stronger now I’ve seen all this insight into your wonderful life as a designer. I’ve been completely inspired by your work prior to reading your blog and as a Fashion Student I’ve chosen to do a project inspired by your work and your animal print designs. It would help me a great deal in my project if I could ask where and how you get the inspiration and images for your animal prints? And also, what is your most successful and favourite way of printing materials?
    Thank you for writing this blog and giving me the deep insight of a designers lifestyle and the inspiration to work hard to succeed in designing myself.
    Much Love!

  4. Francesco
    Francesco says:

    Grande Roberto!!!
    Ma te sei un fenomeno…un fenomeno davvero!!!
    Ma ti rendi conto cosa ti sei andato ad inventare in una notte….?? Pazzesco…Pazzesco!!
    E poi una cosa cosi’….particolare!! Grande!
    E oggi abbiamo anche un’altra ragione per essere felici…la nostra Viola ha vinto a Milano contro il Milan primo in classifica…..!!
    Abbiamo giocato contro l’arbitro, la disonesta’ dei giocatori del milan e del pubblico che ci gridava ” Serie B! Serie B!”…ma alla fine Firenze ha trionfato…alla faccia di chi ci vuole male!!! 🙂
    Un abbraccio.
    Francesco

  5. Mirjam
    Mirjam says:

    I have a leather jacket from this first collection. It’s amazing. Silver, metallic pink and light blue with small flowers, a long dark blue printed seventies collar with two tone flowers and pink enamelled flower snaps for closure. I was looking for info about it and landed on this page. I bought it second hand in Amsterdam when I was a student in the 90’s. I loved to read about the story behind this first collection! Sunshine, Mirjam

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