By  on June 24, 2008

FLORENCE — Ballantyne has appointed its first creative director: Dawidh di Firmo, who previously was senior designer at Prada for women's wear.

The designer will help add "a more creative, modern and innovative spirit" to Ballantyne's ready-to-wear line, according to Alfredo Canessa, the company's chairman. Born in Italy's Treviglio region in 1974, di Firmo is a graduate of Milan's prestigious Brera Academy of Fine Arts and had been at Prada since 2005. Prior to that he was with Bottega Veneta and Marni.

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