9 Italian clothing brands everyone should know about

Time to get these Italian clothing brands on your fashion radar

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We’ve hunted down the best Italian clothing brands so you can inject some of that Italian flair into your wardrobe.

The best Italian clothing brands offer unmatched elegance and style. Playful with tailoring, bold on color, Italy is home to some of the most important names in fashion, with the likes of Prada, Gucci and Fendi all hailing from the country. While we love British clothing brands for quirky statement pieces and admire the chicness of the best French clothing brands, no one does it quite like the Italians. Rather than focusing on fleeting fashion trends, Italian fashion brands are pros at crafting high-quality pieces that stand the test of time, making them a go-to if you’re looking to build on your capsule wardrobe

Whether you're after the best designer heels, or the best designer bags, Italian crafted leather goods are some of the highest quality in the world. In fact, the level of detail and workmanship in Italian clothing brands and accessories means that many big British, French, and American clothing brands also rely on Italian craftsmanship and textiles to produce parts of their collections. But it’s not just designer brands that Italy has under its incredibly stylish belt. There are heaps of Italian straight to market fashion brands that deserve a look-in too. Perfect if you don’t quite have that runway budget, but still want that high fashion flare.

The best Italian clothing brands - chosen by our fashion editors

Whether you want to broaden your knowledge on the best Italian straight-to-market fashion retailers or splurge on a designer investment piece, these are the best Italian clothing brands that ship to the UK and the US.

1. Calzedonia

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You may already be familiar with Calzedonia as there are several stores in the UK and US. A go-to for the best leggings and top quality tights, it mixes fashion-forward thinking which some much needed comfort. These wardrobe essentials are guaranteed to last too, think cashmere tights for that luxe finish and leather-effect leggings for a dose of Italian glamour. Not forgetting the brand's desirable swimwear collections that house some of the best beach cover-ups, with easy-to-wear silhouettes and mood-boosting, dopamine dressing inspired prints for a beach-ready look.

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2. Diesel

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An Italian clothing brand with denim at its core is '90s fave Diesel. Having launched in 1978, Diesel really hit its peak in the nineties when it seemed every cool girl was donning a pair of distressed Diesel jeans. With '90s nostalgia one of the biggest fashion trends 2022 has to offer, Diesel's denim collection is right on the money right now, and still makes for a very worthy investment. With a genuine '90s spin at the heart of the brand's design aesthetic, its best jeans now benefit from a more sustainable manufacturing process that uses less water and chemicals, something less common back in the nineties. Highlights from Diesel include padded bomber jackets, vinyl skirts and logo-embellished knits all with a cool '90s edge.

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3. Fendi

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We're spoilt for choice when it comes to Italian designer brands and Fendi is a luxury fashion house that remains top of its game. From the iconic baguette bag to the recognizable double-F logo - adorning everything from jackets to the best designer belts, Fendi is synonymous with glamorous Italian fashion. Founded by the Fendi family in 1925, the brand launched its first ready-to-wear collection in the 1970s under the creative direction of the late Karl Lagerfeld. One of the longest-standing family-led fashion brands, granddaughter Silvia Venturini Fendi - who designed the coveted baguette bag - remains the sole family member still working for the brand. Expect sleek, tailored pieces in a neutral color palette.

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4. Gucci

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We couldn’t do an Italian clothing brands roundup without mentioning the powerhouse that is Gucci. From the best Gucci bags and best designer sunglasses, to its eclectic suiting adorned by the likes of Harry Styles, Gucci is one of the most coveted designer brands out there. Although they carry the designer price tag, these are investment pieces that are set to last. Look to its signature geek-chic designs and logo-heavy detailing, because if you’re wearing Gucci, you want everyone to know about it.

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5. La DoubleJ

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A relatively newbie on the fashion block, La DoubleJ launched in 2015 predominately selling vintage clothing and jewelry. The brand now repurposes archival prints into new pieces covering clothing and homeware. With bold design choices, there is nothing lowkey about this collection. The opposite of the minimalism of Scandinavian clothing brands, think vivid colors, bold prints and voluminous silhouettes, La DoubleJ has some of the best midi dresses too. It’s maximalist and statement-making and perfect for commanding an entrance.

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6. Marina Rinaldi

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A luxury label that caters for curvy women, Marina Rinaldi’s goal is to make “the elegant fashion dreams of all women come true, for all sizes”. One of the best plus size clothing brands, the Italian clothing brand doesn’t shy away from bold colors and attention-grabbing prints which is a welcome change in plus-size fashion. High quality fabrics with lots of added detail, the collection is expertly tailored to flatter your figure and make you feel incredibly glamorous, minimal effort required! Its accessories work seamlessly with the clothing line too.

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7. Miss Sixty

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Miss Sixty provided us with many low-slung jeans back in the early noughties and we’re pleased to see the Italian clothing brand is still going strong. It was brought back into the spotlight in February 2021 when model Bella Hadid fronted a campaign for the brand and with the recent resurgence in Y2K trends, it’s certainly one to put back on your radar. Denim still plays a key role in the collection but you can also bag yourself a '90s inspired puffer jacket and some cute knits. The only downside of Miss Sixty is the smaller size range, making it not a great experience for fuller figures.

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8. Prada

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Prada has got to be one of the most iconic Italian fashion brands. From some of the most well-recognized designer bags to its sleek ready-to-wear collection, Prada oozes ladylike elegance that’s guaranteed to elevate the everyday. Created in 1913, the original founder’s granddaughter Miuccia Prada heads up the luxury fashion house, taking it to new heights. One to create trends rather than follow them, Prada is renowned for crafting future classics that define a fashion era.

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9. Dolce Gabbana

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When it comes to Italian clothing brands, Dolce & Gabbana is certainly one of our personal favorites. Championing a design aesthetic that puts glamour, celebration and color front and center, the brand's collections are often reminiscent of the Italian Riviera, offering a nostalgic element to its thoroughly modern collections. With a penchant for highlighting and flattering the female form, hourglass silhouettes are key to the brand's design signature. While Dolce & Gabbana create statement styles, print collections and edits each season, rooted in culture and history, its pieces won't go out of style. 

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