CoSTUME NATIONAL is the name of an Italian fashion house, founded in Milan in 1986 by Ennio Capasa, a fashion designer from Lecce.
The head office is currently in Milan in Via Fusetti; actual manufacturing for the Costume National and Costume National Homme brands takes place in the organizationï¿½s own production plants in Thiene near Vicenza in Italy.
Footwear and shoe production is carried out in the Fosso plant in Venice Province while eyewear, glasses, perfumes, the second line Cï¿½Nï¿½C' Costume National and leather and hide items are produced under licence.
Womenswear collections are presented at the Paris fashion parades and menï¿½s in Milan during the annual fashion week in Spring.
The firm made its dï¿½but on the fashion runway in 1986 with its first women's ready-to-wear collection in Milan; today it continues to present new creations for women during Paris fashion week.
The first menswear collection was launched in 1993 at Pitti Immagine Uomo; in more recent years menï¿½s clothes have been regularly presented at the annual Moda Uomo fashion shows in Milan.
Two years later in 1995, the first flagship stores were opened Milan, Tokyo and New York followed by stores in Rome and Los Angeles.
As well as ready-to-wear clothes for men and women, the designer label embarked on the manufacture of perfumes, cosmetics (Costume National Scent) and lingerie, and 2004 saw the launch of the Cï¿½Nï¿½C line aimed at a younger clientele.
Capasa has reinvented classicism with his strict tailoring, edgy finish, sexy sense and unique feeling for tough chic. The year saw the creation of Costume National Black Label a line using rare fabrics and hand skills within the womenï¿½s wear collection.
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