MEN GIVEN THE KID-GLOVES TREATMENT
GQ ITALIA – interviews Luigi Mazzoleni by Laura Pacelli
A historical company, that began with the Trussardi family and became a point of reference for the creation of men’s gloves.
Interview with Luigi Mazzoleni
Mazzoleni Gloves is a family company. What has changed since 1958 and what has stayed the same?
Since 1958 things have changed in this sense: we are 3 generations on and the distribution markets are now throughout the whole world, whereas 50 years ago we worked only for Italian specialist glove shops. The strictly artisan, sophisticated manufacturing has gone unchanged and we use the same equipment used at that time.
You have worked for the Trussardi family whose love for racing cars is renowned. Gloves are essential for driving these cars as they are meant to be.
Do you still collaborate for the Milan fashion house or for others?
Since Nicola Trussardi passed away, we have no longer collaborated with the company, however we still have the enthusiasm and passion for the driving glove which the Trussardi family transmitted us.
In your opinion, what male outfit fits or must fit “like a glove” more than others?
A smart dinner suit.
What, other than the glove, is the men’s must-have accessory and for what occasion?
A tie, for weddings.
What does artisanship mean these days and what represents Italian artisanship overseas?
Items which are made individually, with great passion and aspiring to perfection. These things are noticed in particular by Japanese clients who want to see how the items are produced and follow every single little detail of the product.
What countries do you work with most? And what countries do you like working with most?
At the moment, our most important clients are in the East; in Europe the economic crisis has had a greater effect.
Which is the absolutely most requested glove model?
Definitely the classic peccary glove.
And what is the most precious that you have ever created?
As far as I can remember: a crocodile skin glove with precious stones on the back and lined in cashmere (for an Arab sheikh).