About

detail16Being unique and yet at the same time part of a team. This is the main aim of The Wandering Collective.

Three designers from all over Europe who came together to present a united vision that stays true to their individual personalities.

The Story

The scene is backstage at Fittings for a women's fashion show in Paris 3 years ago. Three freelance designers - David Wyatt, Valentina Brugnatelli and Gianluca Soldi come together to work on looks combining the elements of shoes and costume jewellery with the ready to wear. An immediate camaraderie is born out of a shared sense of style, of glamour and fun with a communal desire to express it.

Cut to a year later. The wish to continue to work together independently percolates but each has their own area of expertise to bring to the party and wants to convey their own personality in  the collection. This is how The Wandering Collective was born, a total look that celebrates the creativity and individuality of the three founders whilst coming together in thematic harmony.

DAVID WYATT

Born and educated in the United Kingdom David has been working in fashion since 1994. In 1998 he started his own ready-to-wear collection which he showed in London Fashion Week for several season. He then returned to Italy where he worked as a consultant for many leading fashion houses. In 2012 David relaunched his ready-to-wear label in conjunction with The Wandering Collective. His style is adult and ultra feminine, flowing, subtle and strong silhouettes vivid with colour-blocking and oversize original prints on silky fabrics.

VALENTINA BRUGNATELLI

Born in Italy and educated in Switzerland Valentina studied fashion design in Paris and has been working since 1989. Over the years she has specialized in costume jewellery. Now based in Geneva she works as a freelance in Milan and Paris. The Valentina Brugnatelli bijoux collection combines the bold with the beautiful, playful uses of semiprecious stones with plastic, metal and strass. Details are decorative and abstracted, a Jackson Pollock splash of enamel, a stylized bird, an industrial chain with an art deco flower.

GIANLUCA SOLDI

Gianluca's background begins with studying the history of art and then a masters in fashion design from the Polimoda Institute in Florence. He then went on to work for twelve years for high end designer labels in Milan and Paris. Gianluca launched his own footwear collection in 2012 which is exclusively made in Italy and which he presented in Milan. The collection is a strong and feminine take on the elegant Italian footwear tradition: towering heels, sophisticated flats and attention to detail, these are the key elements of his work.