Carlo Volpi comes from a new generation of knitwear designers who use tops, sweaters and cardigans as blank sheets of paper on which to write messages or design symbols. Born near Florence, after a period as an apprentice at a knitwear factory, he moved to London, where he graduated from the Royal College. He currently works with the Pitti Filati research division and as an independent knitwear designer for different brands. In 2014 he created his own brand, where he expresses his executive skills and his fertile creativity. His last men’s collection, shown at Pitti Filati in January 2018, “Food for Fashion”, is all about different colours, with patterned stitches, cables, moss stitch, and ribbing, and is illustrated with writing and culinary works from all over the world, from kebabs to sushi, fish and chips, and “Porchetta da Carlo”. Brave colour combinations, too: purple with klein blue, black and orange; then broad red stripes on an electric blue background, or rainbows on turquoise sweaters in patterned stitches, with plum-coloured sleeves, red cuffs and necks, decorated with fuchsia images and lettering.