Fendi HQ makes a move to Rome’s Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, a building initially commissioned by dictator Benito Mussolini in 1943, soon after abandoned because of World War II. Renovated by local architect Marco Costanzi who previously designed Fendi’s Rome showroom, the year-and-a-half long process reportedly and understandably cost millions. The Italian fashion house signed a 15-year lease for the six-story building, so it seems like they’ll stay for a bit. Turns out, the time of the move also marks the brand’s 90th anniversary and Karl Lagerfeld’s 50th year there.
All four sides of the white exterior are covered in grids of archways, bordered by 28 statues at the street level base. Inside, marble stairs and floors have been preserved in their original shiny and stately forms. The ground floor is a free gallery open to the public, and the rest of the building houses 450 employees.
Italy has always been an amazing city for fashion and the arts, but it seems to only be getting better. Most recently, Salvatore Ferragamo renovated a gallery in Florence and Prada completed its Fondazione in Milan.