The appeal of Attico, which is Italian for penthouse, is two-fold. First: inspired by 1920s chinoiserie, antique kimonos and 1940s silhouettes, it offers exactly the type of individual pieces you might spend hours trawling for at a thrift store. Second: in a sartorial climate where personal style is fêted, Attico’s success is largely due to its oft-emulated founders Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio, who, wise to the power of street style and both constantly trailed by photographers during fashion week, debuted the collection while out and about at shows. Meeting at fashion school in Milan, both hail from Italy and have poker-straight espresso-coloured manes, but that’s where the similarities end: the consistently immaculate Tordini, the older of the two, prefers tailored, minimal pieces, while Ambrosio’s experimental style is most neatly described as unpredictable. Despite two distinctive aesthetics, they were united in their vision for Attico (dreamt up in the backseat of a New York taxi): subverting traditional dress codes for the modern millennial.
‘We are trying to suggest a new category of evening wear, a new code to wear things in an easier way. With Attico, we encourage our clients to take the pieces out of context and not just look at them as something to wear for a special occasion,’ Tordini explains. ‘Attico is for everyday. Wear it on top of your jeans, with a t-shirt and flats and you are ready to go. We believe in versatility and this was the idea around Attico from day one.’