Brunello Cucinelli (pictured): For Brunello Cucinelli, “Made in Italy” is not just a process but the junction between the brand’s Umbrian heritage and the modern elegance of its cashmere knitwear. Its clothes are sourced from the finest Mongolian wool and produced with materials from local artisans, using high-tech machines that create the delicate intarsia patterns on its cold-weather pieces. And after the successful April IPO, Brunello can afford to develop the area’s sartorial traditions. Available only at 379 Bleeker St., New York; brunellocucinelli.com.
Moncler: This brand’s quilted down jackets were first conceived in France and are still filled with goose down plucked in the south of Brittany and the Perigord. But after being acquired by hands-on Italian businessman Remo Ruffini in 2003, Moncler has adopted a thoroughly Italian heritage. Headquarters moved to Milan, and Ruffini, who lives in Como, hired an almost all-Italian design team that has won over prominent locals, like fashion-forward hotelier Antonio Sersale, who packs his Moncler for winter excursions. “It’s light, elegant and easy to wear in both formal and informal settings,” he says. moncler.com.