While Barena Venezia may not yet have the lineage of Italian juggernauts such as Loro Piana and Ermenegildo Zegna, the small, family-owned company has significantly influenced the way men (and women) dress in and outside of Italy over the past twenty-five years. Before “sprezzatura” and “soft tailoring” became go-to terms of the #menswear movement and “athleisure” became a cringeworthy portmanteau used by basic fashionistas, Barena was showing men how to dress casually and with class via fabric innovation, utilizing knit fabrics for traditionally tailored garments.

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