“A fabric must tell a story. I want texture and softness. My clothing doesn’t set out to provoke deference, if anything it wants to make friends: I see, I touch, I buy and I make it part of my every day”. This is the kind of woman addressed by fashion designer Alessia Santi who, in her Manila Grace collections, affirms a sense of style charged by contaminations and interactions, breathing life into enlivening creations. As down to earth as the colours she chooses for her frequently deconstructed shapes, the designer revels in dyeing and re-dyeing fabrics, braiding them together, knotting and mixing them.
The result is a contemporary wardrobe including apparently simple informal garments hand in hand with elaborate detailing and haute couture undertones. Hand-crafted finishing, unpredictable cuts and fluid forms contribute to spontaneous-looking clothes, where prints express a timeless society and knits – featuring strongly in every collection – evolve through mixing unlikely colours and materials.
Manila Grace belongs to Antress Industry Spa, an Italian group that has been operating in the fashion sector since 1989, promoting a style world where the clothing does not overpower the wearer, but brings their personality into focus, serving their everydayness and offering them comfort and effortless elegance. Tailor-made Italian fashion.
The company, which produces and distributes both nationally and internationally, has its main offices in Carpi and Milan, with over 150 employees and a distribution network comprising more than 40 flagship stores and a thousand multi-brand sales outlets in Italy and abroad.
The Group continues to strategically consolidate its image on the Italian market and confirms its presence in Europe with prestigious new store openings in Germany, France and Belgium. In addition, its internationalisation strategies include the Far East, Russia and China.
“Our future is up to us – observes CEO Maurizio Setti – and will depend on our ability to unite three apparently opposing elements: unbridled creativity, a degree of entrepreneurial recklessness and constant caution”.