Interview with Antonio Ciongoli of Eidos Napoli, Part 2
David Isle: What’s your background and how did you get to where you are now? Where did your interest in design begin?
Antonio Ciongoli: I did my senior year of high school in Rome. And that’s when I really discovered art history. Then when I got to college, I double majored in art history and communications. I really thought I was going to study art history. I was at Villanova, which is a great school, but the art history department wasn’t great, and the communications department wasn’t great. So I applied to transfer, and applied to a bunch of art history schools and communication schools. I got into the communication schools, and not the art history schools. So the decision was made for me. But my interest in art history has always found its way into what I do. Last season was about Florence and there were many references to art history in the collection.
When was out at USC, I started working designing skate shoes, since I grew up a skateboarder. I had a friend who grew up with some professional skateboarders, in particular one named Brian Wenning, who was a skateboarder for DC Shoes. So I ended up designing a shoe for him, and that was my first entry into [designing]. And I decided it was something interested in and wanted to go into.
Want to read more about how Antonio went from designing skate shoes to designing Italian menswear? It’s all here. (You’ll have to wait for another installment to hear about the beard.)
While Pitti Uomo in Florence I had a chance to do three quick shoots featuring days 1, 2 and 3 with Neil Watson of A&H Magazine. Credit and hat tip to Neil, a dear friend and one of the most talented guys there is for perfectly capturing the details.
Balancing between light and darker shades, wearing a very lightweight G.Abo Napoli double-breasted blazer made of Loro Piana indigo dyed linen, blue-striped Kamakura button-down shirt and Finealta “diversity” cotton slacks. The dark green checked linen tie from Berg&Berg is partly (but not too much) mathched in tones to the string loafers from Carmina. Bracelets by Viola Milano and D.C.I Sweden.