Last year, Team Dadsit won Polimoda Talent, a business development program supporting alumni in their entrepreneurial ideas.
In the blink of an eye, Giacomo, Nicola and Giorgio went from student fashion shows to dressing celebrities at one of the biggest music events in Italy. From meeting famous stylists to helping emerging talents shine, Dadsit has only just started. The creative trio sat down with us — virtually, of course — to talk.
Hi Team Dadsit, tell us a little bit about your team! Who are you, where are you from and what do you do?
We are Giacomo Nasi (Reggio Emilia), Nicola del Cioppo (Campobasso) and Giorgio Matteo Lorusso (Bari). We are the founders of Dadsit, the “Designer Archive Digital Store.” In this acronym, we added the pronoun “IT” to represent the gender-neutral objective of the project.
We're three Polimoda alumni; Giorgio and Giacomo graduated in Fashion Design and Nicola graduated in Fashion Technology last summer. During the academic year, we applied and won Polimoda Talent, a supportive program organized by the school in order to promote innovative student ideas.
How did you come up with the idea of Dadsit?
Dadsit was born from a need — in a very natural and spontaneous way. As designers, we wanted to become part of something bigger after graduating. We felt the need to promote ourselves as designers, at the same level as a brand, freeing our minds and creativity.
We noticed that collections and projects — made in fashion school — are often destined to lie among the nameless. So we decided to create Dadsit, a supporting platform for emerging talents.
"As designers, we wanted to become part of something bigger after graduating."
How can a team like yours help emerging designers succeed in the industry?
We're our own target, so we know exactly what we need to do and in what direction we have to go to help emerging designers like us. We provide different services, such as representing the artists and promoting them in whatever they need as well as offering PR services and practical support. Dadsit supports designers during their academic education, helping them with school and bringing their work to the next level.
Alumnus and Designer Manuel Calabrese's designs, powered by Dadsit, backstage at the Supernature Fashion Show
Are you working exclusively with Italian designers?
As Polimoda alumni, our project started from our schoolmates, but our goal is to break the boundaries between countries and institutes to create a community that embraces everyone. We're building bridges between all of the best fashion academies, starting from our school, Polimoda.
"We're our own target, so we know exactly what we need to do and in what direction we have to go to help emerging designers like us."
Does the job require creativity?
Somehow, every job in the fashion system requires creativity. We're working hard on the creative side to develop interesting materials, but everything related to business, marketing, organization and responsibility requires a lot of hard work too.
Whenever we collaborate with young talents, we support them by setting no boundaries and letting them experiment with crazy ideas. At the same time, we also nourish their creativity with a more pragmatic approach, letting them create more coherent and mature work.
Morgan wearing Manuel Calabrese's designs, powered by Dadsit
Who has Dadsit collaborated with so far?
Dadsit started back in July 2019, working with different designers, stylists and artists. The first collaboration was with Allison Bizzi, a talented young woman that previously collaborated with brands such as Nike and Gucci. She made a styling selection of pieces from our archive for a photoshoot, then we collaborated on a capsule collection that will be presented in Milan — hopefully in the next few months.
Alumnus and designer Andrea Grossi working on his collection, available in the Dadsit digital store.
We've had the privilege of collaborating with artists such as Achille Lauro and Marco Castoldi (aka Morgan), two of the most eclectic talents of the Italian music scene, that respectively wore pieces from our designers Andrea Grossi and Manuel Calabrese.
Achillo Lauro wearing Andrea Grossi's design, powered by Dadsit
We keep up the good work, even during these difficult times. We've kept on supporting Manuel Calabrese and his latest collection presented at the beginning of February at the Osaka Bunka Fashion College fashion show, and we are equally collaborating with Andrea Grossi, selected as the first Italian Emerging designer for the 35th edition of the Hyères International Festival of Fashion, taking place this October.
Giacomo Nasi's designs at the Supernature Fashion Show
Are you still working on creating your own individual collections?
We’re all focused on the future of this project. We don’t have any more time to think, create and make our collections. It requires a lot of energy and we’re putting all of it into Dadsit to build a solid reality for designers and creative people behind the fashion industry.
"We've had the privilege of collaborating with artists such as Achille Lauro and Marco Castoldi (aka Morgan), two of the most eclectic talents of the Italian music scene."
What inspires your team?
We’re inspired by the vision of creating a new way of seeing emerging fashion designers and fashion students. In a world where only big numbers count, our primary goal is to keep the authenticity of the creative path alive, translating it into a product and coherent creative DNA.
Giorgio Lorusso's designs pictured backstage at the Supernature Fashion Show
Do you have a favorite project you've worked on?
We love them all. We put so much work into all of them and every project represents a huge fulfillment for us. It was a pleasure working with Achille Lauro and Morgan; it was a turning point for Dadsit and it showed a huge audience that what we were working on was becoming something real.
It’s only the beginning. That's it.
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