History Of Luca Luca
Luca Luca is a high-end women’s fashion brand founded in New York in 1991 by Luca Orlandi. The label’s sophisticated and elegant couture-like products at ready-to-wear prices have included daywear, eveningwear, and select accessories.
Born in Milan, Orlandi comes from an Italian family with a long history in the fashion textile business. After earning a BA from Bocconi University in Milan and an MBA from Columbia University, Orlandi began an apprenticeship with the Hero Group in New York, where he worked on bridge collections for Bill Blass and Oscar de la Renta.
The Early Years
The first Luca Luca boutique opened on the corner of Madison Avenue and 78th Street in 1992. The decision to locate in a part of Madison Avenue less exploited by fashion retailers but closer to New York City’s most elegant and wealthy residential area proved shrewd, and Luca Luca quickly attracted a growing clientele. On the wake of this success, Luca Luca opened its second boutique on Chicago’s Oak Street, the city’s most prestigious shopping street, in 1993.
In 1996, Luca Luca opened its flagship store on the corner of Madison Avenue and 62nd Street, and located its corporate offices, design team, and operations in the same elegant townhouse. All fabrication was done in Milan, with fabrics sourced from the best Italian mills. By locating the design team in New York’s fashionable Upper East Side and the fabrication in Milan, Luca Orlandi created a winning formula. Luca Luca rightfully earned its reputation for exceptional design, the finest fabrics, and superior craftsmanship. It won a clientele that displayed Luca Luca’s trademark features — sleek, feminine silhouettes, bold colors, and rich, sensuous fabrics — at society galas and red carpet events.