Ermanno Gallamini: Heart of the Cape

Ermanno Gallamini capes. Courtesy of White
Ermanno Gallamini capes. Courtesy of White

MILAN–Jesus Christ, Nero, the Greek soldiers fighting in the Messenian wars, Abraham Lincoln, Giuseppe Verdi and John Lennon all have one wardrobe item in common: capes.

We haven’t seen so many capes since Woodstock. But this week we have seen them in Milan and they are sure to be a fixed piece in stores next winter.

For a few seasons now, buyers, journalists and designers have been talking about the nomadic-looking, bearded, blanketed merchant and designer Angelo Gallamini of Ermanno Gallamini – at least since he debuted at Pitti Uomo in January 2014.

At Milan’s White tradeshow he unfurled his latest collection of wool cloaks, ponchos and blankets. His latest collection nodded to the 1800’s “Tabarro” look —  a mantello or cape that protected noblemen from the rain in the 1800’s.

“We started with simple capes and shawls, always with different fabrics. Next year we’ll have kimonos,” Gallamini told BACO at his stand at White, adding that the blankets and shawls are sealed with pins and mementos he finds on his many trips around the world.

His Emilia-Romagna based company’s blankets, cloaks, blankets and ponchos for men and women are a timeless, statement piece.  Named after Angelo’s father, Ermanno, the company about 25 years of experience in the fashion industry. The brand prides itself on its embroidery and fabric finishing. All garments are hand made in the Italian town of Cesenatico and are printed by hand or inkjet.

We believe that Gallamini actually played a part in starting the cape trend that was noted on the runway this week – and collections that will hit stores in fall winter 2015/16

With the “wanderer” trend feeding the casualization of mens wear, Roberto Cavalli, Giorgio Armani, Christian Pellizzari and Julian Zigerli are just a few designers fueling demand for the blanket – a must-have accessory for next winter .

–By Valentina Accardo and Sofia Celeste


WHO: Ermanno Gallamini

WHAT: Capes and blankets for men and women

HOW MUCH: EUR300 to EUR1,300

WHERE TO BUY:, Via delle Querce 22/A, Villalta di Cesenatico, ITALY 47042




  • Dinah Christopher says:

    Great job Sofia! I’ve enjoyed ….. Your cover of Hats, shoes and clothing for men. I wonder how long it will take for the fashion to hit the USA!?
    Love to see a “Hard Copy” of your magazine. Are we able to purchase a copy on line ?

    • Sofia Celeste says:

      Hi! Thanks so much for reading BACO. We have no plans for a hard copy edition of BACO because most of our target readers engage on an online basis. Our hope is that our readers will use BACO as a meeting place for the designers we feature, which is why we publish their contact info and ecommerce websites.

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