MR magazine is saddened to report that Mario Bresciani lost his life to the Coronavirus. He was a healthy 79-year-old who had been living in Bergamo Italy, the epicenter of the Italian outbreak.
Bresciani was orphaned at age 12 and left to fend for himself and his two brothers after his father died in a German prison camp. He worked at several manufacturing jobs and ultimately, in the 1970s, founded his own luxury sock company near the Bergamo region in Northern Italy, sharing his expertise with major designers of this era.
In the late ‘80s, Bresciani introduced his luxury hosiery to America, first to the Pressmans at Barneys, then to Cliff Grodd at Paul Stuart. He was one of the first Italian manufacturers to enter the U.S. market with his own brand, introduced via various trade shows.
In recent years, Bresciani enjoyed semi-retirement, yet never ventured too far from his beloved company, now run by his two sons Massimiliano and Fabio. The two have continued their father’s legacy, producing socks for the most prestigious designer brands and, through a network of talented sales agents, selling hundreds of department and specialty retailers around the world under the Bresciani label. Quality (only the finest yarns), comfort and Made-in-Italy continue to be the guiding principles for this well-respected company, which has expanded into women’s hosiery and men’s fine gauge undergarments.
Mario Bresciani leaves behind his wife Graziella, his two sons, and several beloved grandchildren. Our hearts go out to the family; all in the menswear industry who knew Mario will surely miss this wonderful man.