“I live in the countryside with four wolves,” explains Federico Curradi. “I love animals and—I’m sorry, I’m kind of weird—I prefer to live sometimes with animals rather than with people.”

The Italian menswear designer is describing his life amongst the local fauna just outside of Florence, where, for the past seven months, he has been working nonstop developing his freshly-released namesake line.

Curradi, now forty-one, grew up in the region, and has been designing for the likes of Ermanno Scervino (he was named the head menswear designer there at just twenty-five), Roberto Cavalli, and Dunhill since finishing an apprenticeship with a classic suiting tailor after university. “I didn’t have anything in mind. I never thought I wanted to be a fashion designer,” says Curradi. “I discovered it step by step. It became my love in a way, my big passion.”

A. Simpson, The Last Magazine