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Italo’s Influence

Italo Zucchelli, portrait by Danny Clinch / Detail shots by Betty Sze for

As the Men’s Creative Director of Calvin Klein Collection, Italo Zucchelli serves not just as a designer, but as an international arbiter of taste. His refined menswear looks for the iconic brand serve as the litmus test for what’s next in American men’s fashion. Case in point, Zucchelli’s streamlined Spring collection reinterpreted the iconography of Calvin, with a modernized take on luxe Americana, infused with the classic Klein ethos, all while single-handedly resurrecting the jean jacket. MDC caught up with the man himself to talk fashion, the changing nature of the menswear market and just what he looks for in those Calvin exclusives.

MDC: We know you’re very involved in the casting process – what do you look for in a model?

ITALO: I look for guys that are athletic, that have a presence…

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