Santorelli, a women’s ready-to-wear label that quietly launched in 2009, has grown into a full collection for spring.
Manufactured in Italy of European fabrics, Santorelli sells such specialty stores as Nordstrom; Gus Mayer in Birmingham, Ala. and Nashville; Balliets in Oklahoma City; Levy’s in Nashville; Julian Gold in San Antonio, and Sophia Lustig in Toledo, Ohio.
Known for its well-tailored dresses and jackets, Santorelli is geared to a professional woman who needs to look polished every day. The collection, which includes cotton stretch shirts, silk blouses, pants, skirts, dresses and jackets, wholesales from $75 to $375. In the last few seasons, the silhouettes have gotten much more modern.
Highlights of the spring collection include Loro Piana lightweight wool gabardine fitted blazers; a three-quarter sleeve khaki Italian cotton poplin belted jacket with stand up collar, black and white Ikat-patterned sleeveless dress with peplum skirt, and a double-breasted topcoat with horn buttons. The spring collection is rounded out with printed silk blouses, knitted sweaters and coordinating trousers. Santorelli often combines multiple patterns and fabrics in one garment and features lightweight tweed blends and unusual interpretations of animal prints.
“We only use the highest quality fabrics available. We were very excited to begin working with these new European duchesse satins, stretch cotton, animal and watercolor prints for the spring 2014 collection,” said Hasti Olia, vice president of the women’s division of Santorelli, who is involved in all women’s design. Embellishments include silk lace, fringe trim and horn buttons. Jewelry trims include gold chain, Lucite charms and nail-head beading.
“We offer clothes that take professional women from day into evening and into the weekend at a price point,” said Eve Bender, director of sales, who is based at 530 Seventh Avenue in New York. The Santorelli collection often hangs with lines such as Max Mara, Lafayette 148, Basler, Elie Tahari and Hugo Boss.
Bender said that the collection’s signature jackets have pleating details. “Our clothes come alive on the body,” she said. The collection, which targets a woman age 35 and up, comes in sizes 2 to 16. When the women’s label was launched three years ago, it was mostly separates. “We’ve expanded into dresses, sweaters and jeans. We’ve also added more casual pieces,” said Bender. For spring, Santorelli is offering jeans, wholesaling for $130, that come in green, white and stone. “We’re dabbling with denim. We feel a need to offer denim that fits a woman,” said Bender.
Santorelli is a division of Benecci Corp., based in Irvine, Calif, which has been producing a men’s Santorelli collection for the past 18 years. While the privately-held company declined to reveal the company’s volume, the women’s line expects to continue its double-digit growth this spring.