GIGI SCHIFIO, Designer, Fabrications & Quality Control
Within prestigious fashion circles Gigi Schifio is a highly respected designer, textiler, fabricator and honoured living legend. Having cultivated his craft at the epicentre of high-end clothing manufacturing in Naples, Italy since 1988, Gigi has worked with some of the biggest brands and names in the industry such as Giorgio Armani as head of menswear retail, and at Versace for 14 years working directly with Mr. Gianni Versace himself. These opportunities allowed him to design for and dress both royalty, athletes and celebrities such as the Prince of Qatar, Magic Johnson, Rod Stewart, president of Inter Club Milan, just to name a few. Entrepreneurship took hold of Gigi, having created a tailoring brand, Bagnoli Sartoria, that was sold to the fabrication company Conf 5 which produced for Ralph Lauren. Thanks to all of his past collaborations, Gigi has developed intimate specialisation and partnerships with some of the world's most sought after and highly guarded makers in Naples - this is only a part of the magic behind why Leone can create garments incorporating innovative fabrics and materials with outstanding quality at unprecedented price points.
DAVID PETRASH, Co-Founder & Designer
To say David Petrash is obsessed with menswear is to say nothing at all. David has fashion and tailoring thrashing through his blood that runs generations deep. His grandfather was one of Canada’s premier furrier and tailors, his father a luxury clothing merchant and mother a go-to fashionista and high-end stylist for Toronto’s sophisticates. This early exposure solidified a deep understanding of the whole process from ideation, fabrication and retailing. Naturally, David ended up at Canada’s legacy menswear retailer as an international buyer and close advisor to Mr. Harry Rosen himself. With entrepreneurial fury and fueled with world class expertise David opened and operated several house of brands retail locations luring clientele from the competition with his vision, style and salesmanship. While he was able to build a fantastic client base he became dissolute with the luxury menswear category as styling fell into a sea of sameness, with poor quality and at ridiculous price points. Thus the inception of, Leone Napoli, David’s vision is to bring extraordinary value back to the category by coupling exceptional styling with world class fabrications, fabrics and techniques at price points that are rooted in reality.