MILANESE MOVES: Dunhill has purchased the archive and stock of men’s accessories maker and cutler G. Lorenzi, a fixture on Milan’s via Montenapoleone for nearly a century. G. Lorenzi, which closed its doors last February, was known for its high-end knives, men’s grooming tools, pipes and cigar cutters — many of them with extravagant handles and details made from buffalo or ox horn, ivory, ebony, tortoiseshell and crocodile. The company was also one of the first distributors of Dunhill pipes and smoking instruments, and the two companies had worked closely over the years. Today Dunhill will reveal the purchase of the archive and stock as well as the opening of a new show, “G. Lorenzi: The Cutler of Milan,” during London Collections: Men. The show will take place at Dunhill’s Mayfair townhouse, Bourdon House, and feature 230 items from Aldo Lorenzi’s archive, as well as sketches and a photo essay by Annabel Elston, shot at the store during the last days of trading.
Dunhill also plans to screen a short film at Bourdon House that features Aldo, the founder’s son who ran the business. Dunhill said later this year, the show will travel to its Shanghai flagship and other international locations. A selection of G. Lorenzi items will be sold by Dunhill, and the brand’s creative director John Ray will continue to work with the Lorenzi artisans and build on product offer.
This story first appeared in the January 9, 2015 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.