At only seventeen, Patrizia Fabri stepped into Loris Cirri’s workshop and fell in love with the world of top hats, cloche hats, bowlers and homburgs. One could say her career started that day: since taking it over from her mentor in 2003, Fabri has been the creative mind behind historical Roman millinery brand Antica Manifattura Cappelli, founded in 1936.
Her goal is to keep the heritage of Made in Italy know-how alive, in an age where it needs to start again from its roots in tradition but also evolve and renew every day, to adapt to the taste of new markets with clients increasingly sophisticated, informed, and attracted to artisanal and high-quality products.
With her team of milliners and hatters, Fabri creates truly unique pieces: headwear of all sorts, from 1930s’ turbans for a special occasion to custom-made berets for elegant ladies. Antica Manifattura Cappelli has created hats for Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera and Giorgio Armani’s fashion shows, as well as for special projects such as the Givenchy hats worn by Madonna’s dancers at the 2015 Brit Awards.
Today, Antica Manifattura Cappelli is present in two locations in Rome, one at Via degli Scipioni 46 (annexed to the workshop) and one at Via dell’Oca 34.