The designer for the savvy, sensual, and special lady with grace and elegance combined
By Sonia Tita Puopolo
Inspirations come from everything and everybody. They can be a sunset, the color of a flower, a portrait of a woman, or the notes of a song.
Since his first store opened on Madison Avenue in 1992, Luca Orlandi and his one-of-a-kind pieces have been a fixture in the fashion and entertainment world. Taking inspiration from the colors of Africa and combining them with the modernity and energy of New York, the Luca Luca brand emanates sophistication in its ready-to-wear styles. With a family in the textile business in Milan, Luca developed a love for fashion. However, the textile factory was much more industrial than it is today, and with the help of his aunt, Susi Gandini, Luca developed his keen eye for luxurious fabrics. Here, Luca Orlandi explains how he is leaving his mark on the fashion industry.
Tita What inspires you?
luca Inspirations come from everything and everybody. They can be a sunset, the color of a flower, a portrait of a woman, or the notes of a song.
Tita When did you realize your passion and creativity would be channeled in fashion?
LUCA I always knew, but at the end of college when it was time to get serious about getting a job, I had to admit to myself that I would not be satisfied pursuing any other career.
Tita Do you have any plans to create Luca Luca Residences, or Hotel, or even a home interiors line? Or will you stay focused on women’s clothing?
LUCA Yes, I am very interested in home interiors. Decorating homes is my favorite hobby and to this day I regret not having studied architecture.
Tita Who is your greatest inspiration?
LUCA My passions and inspirations are too feeble to be remembered. The only one that is really important to me is the last one, if it’s still inspiring me.
Tita What three characteristics best describe Luca Orlandi?
LUCA I do not know. I do not believe we can ever be very rational in judging our qualities and faults.
Tita What is your favorite place in the world?
LUCA A 400-meter tall rock from which I can see the plains of Africa in the southeast border of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Africa.
Tita What is the most important message you want to communicate through your beautiful designs?
LUCA Enjoy life with a smile and irony; there is no point in wasting such a beautiful gift with worries of any kind.
TITA Do you have a message for women everywhere?
LUCA Thank you for making our life so interesting, sexy, and full of daily wonderful discoveries.
TITA Who is your favorite artist?
LUCA It changes every week. Lately, it has been the author of A Thousand Suns and The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini.
Tita What is your favorite music?
LUCA Hip-hop in general and reggae.
Tita Do you have a message or tips for humanity and for our Haute Living readers? Possibly a life philosophy that has led you to your success?
LUCA Enjoy life by doing things that you love to do the most!