VIOLANTE NESSI is a sustainable Italian womenswear brand founded by the eponymous designer in 2018, with a mission to reinterpret the classics into confident, expressive collections for the modern woman.
A return to the past with a focus on the future, VIOLANTE NESSI blends traditional craftsmanship with contemporary silhouettes. Each piece carries a story, a refined design destined to become an authentic and timeless piece in a special wardrobe, rigorously made in Italy, with integrity and pride.
Every aspect of the brand’s distinctive aesthetics are drawn from the designer’s Italo-Chilean heritage and personal references – a juxtaposition of Latin exuberance with Italian sensibility and elegance.
VIOLANTE NESSI plays on contrasts that thread through the palettes, fabrication and construction. Voluminous puff sleeves and sweetheart necklines in silk and cotton, are paired with sharp tailoring and structured separates in satin, wool and cashmere, in an ode to ‘minimal maximalism’.
Since the brand’s inception, VIOLANTE NESSI has been committed to a direct-to-consumer business model, choosing a non-seasonal approach to design – launching an e-commerce platform, a Mews Atelier in London and hosting private sales events between London, Milan, Paris, New York and Los Angeles.
MEET THE DESIGNER
Born in Bologna, to Chilean and Italian-German parents, Violante Nessi gained valuable experience at the Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Proenza Schouler design studios in London and New York, which she joined after graduating from Istituto Marangoni and Central Saint-Martins.
Following her extensive travels and a sojourn in her native Italy to build the foundations of her brand, Violante finally settled in London to launch her label and open her first atelier in the heart of Chelsea.
Committed to excellence, Violante’s mission is to share her devotion to elegance with sophisticated designs for savvy international women.
Her timeless designs stem from meaningful sources: her love for art, the passionate flamenco culture, outstanding Italian savoir-faire, as much as Pablo Neruda’s poetry and her own action paintings.
MEET THE MAKERS
Before launching her brand, Violante dedicated extensive research in Italy, developing her supply chain with local family businesses. Over the years, these artisans have become part of the VIOLANTE NESSI family, partnering together to celebrate the values of Italian excellence.
From the homage paid to the hand-crafted signature buttons created by the late Mrs. Abelia, to the natural yarns of Zegna Baruffa, to our mother and daughter lead product development team in Milan, to the brother and sister owned factory specialised in knitwear, VIOLANTE NESSI is committed to uncompromising quality and authenticity.
Every material, every detail, every supplier, all share the same respect for traditional Italian craftsmanship.
Our shared objective is to honour our past and innovate for the future as a family.
A strong advocate of “slow fashion”, we work only with the finest raw materials and our collections are entirely made in Italy with responsible family businesses and specialised artisans.
We believe that there are no short-cuts and summarise our commitment to sustainability below.
SUPPORT LOCAL ITALIAN BUSINESSES AND CRAFTSMANSHIP
• Avoidance of mass production alternatives
• Passing on values and artisanal techniques to the next generation
• 100% made in Italy
• Production KM 0
• Minimal carbon footprint
ETHICAL, SEASONLESS BUSINESS MODEL
• We produce only what we need to minimise wastage and over production
• Reduction of fashion’s impact on the environment
• “Slow Fashion”
• Investment pieces
• Timeless design
• Limited SKU’s and sizes to eliminate wastage
FULL CONTROL ON PRIMARY RESOURCES
• No passage of intermediaries between our producers of raw materials and manufacturers
• Our short supply chain allows us to meet the highest level of quality and least wastage
• Deep research of local Italian sustainable and organic materials wherever possible