Serapian, an undisputed symbol of the Milanese scene pays homage to another icon of the city’s glamour and sense of style, Gabriella Crespi, to celebrate her 100th birth anniversary.

There is a strong though subtle link between the Maison and the noted artist and designer, born in Milano in 1922, shortly earlier than the opening of Serapian’s doors in 1928. Both sharing an unsurpassed commitment to high craftsmanship, and a passion for perfect proportions, sophisticated elegance, and modernity.

After her studies in architecture, Crespi sharpened her vision in the 1950s, designing distinct

furniture, sculpture and jewellery. To honour such an extraordinary woman, Serapian is proud to present a limited-edition capsule inspired by Crespi’s 1973/75 iconic Rising Sun collection. Comprised of two clutches – the Secret and Gemma –as well as the Lorelei bag, the range integrates brass elements with distinctive Serapian high craftsmanship and the signature Mosaico technique.

The launch of this capsule collection is also a unique chance to explore Crespi’s work during Milano Fashion Week. For the occasion, Villa Mozart will host a curated selection of pieces from her private collection, some never shown to the public before and coming from her Milan home, called “House of the Rising Sun” by the international press in the Seventies.

This sense of sophistication and Milanese elegance, distinguishing both Serapian and Gabriella Crespi, ties into the Maison’s Spring/Summer 2023 collection through soft materials and natural colours.

The Meliné shape, originally crafted in the 1970s, finds a more rounded interpretation of its sides, enriched by Mosaico details and a new mirror-charm hanging from the handles. Built in Soft Seta leather with the new cactus light-green tone, it also comes in white canvas or raffia, both with natural leather finishing. Raffia gets to the centre of the stage with a pattern resembling the ceiling of Villa Mozart, to clothe signature models like Secret and Lorelei. While Mosaico range also embraces the fresh cactus shade, adding yellow and lilac.

Furthermore, Serapian’s sustainability commitment continues with Secret and Mini Secret, available in a tanned vegetable calf and recycled cotton for the lining.


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