Growing up in Messina, de Vincenzo was fixated on drawing and design. He would study family photographs, fascinated by the transformational power of clothes. At 18 he left Sicily for Rome’s Istituto Europeo di Design. After graduating, he started working on handbags at Fendi, where he forged a close relationship with Silvia Venturini Fendi, working alongside her as a key assistant. De Vincenzo remained at Fendi for 13 years, during which he developed a passion for luxurious materials, like fur and leather, sourced from small factories and artisanal workshops around Italy. These materials can also be seen fused into his eponymous collection, which luxury conglomerate LVMH has just acquired a significant stake in.