It’s been almost a decade since Franco Moschino last called a meeting with his staff, designed the collection that still carries his name or worked out in the basement gym of the company’s headquarters in Milan. Yet the instant the heart-covered glass doors open on Via Ceradini, Moschino’s specter is palpable.

It’s more than just the numerous portraits of Moschino lining corridor walls or the kitschy red velvet decor spiked with his personal paintings and innovative ad campaigns. Moschino’s spirit resonates in every person who works there, from the newest arrival to the most senior staff member, like creative director Rossella Jardini, who started working at the house soon after its first fashion show at the Milan fairgrounds in September 1983.

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