To socialize or talk informally preferably over a drink. Word forms: 3rd person singular present tense hobnobs, present participle hobnobbing, past tense, past participle hobnobbed.
But honestly. Hobnob is a safe space for women who prefer iced coffee over a perfectly curated wardrobe. It’s a daycare center for women who are intrigued by trends, but also don’t care. It is an open bar for those who swear on vintage Chanel and whose pension funds hang in their closets.
Not that Signor de Sarno doesn’t deserve his new title – quite the opposite – but his name did come as a surprise to many despite his all-in, all-Italian background as creative at some of the biggest fashion houses in the country. Sabato has not been a household name until the announcement this Saturday when suddenly there is a before and an after in his career. So, it’s not an understatement to say there is little information about him in cyber. Apart from his own LinkedIn profile there’s one old feature for Fashion Crowd in May 2012, where Sabato shares his secret addresses from all over Europe; from Ristorante Gli Ulivi in Rome to Bless Shop in Berlin (unfortunately closed down) and Acne Studios’ Palais Royal Boutique in Paris where he promise his fans ”jeans of impeccable fit”.
So to get you from the I don’t know to the I know everything about Sabato de Sarno, we’ve put together a FAQ with some good-to-know (and a few just nice-to-know) facts about the Italian luxury house’s new creative lead.
De Sarno’s impressive career in the fashion world is all-Italian, starting his journey at Prada in 2005. He then moved to Dolce & Gabbana before making a formative shift to Valentino in 2009, where he has had the role as fashion director overseeing both men’s and women’s collections.
The women’s line for the Spring/Summer 2024, on the catwalk in September in Milan.
He attended the IED European Institute of Design in Milan, where he studied fashion design, and eventually graduated in 2005. Sabato’s early exposure to the fashion industry provided him with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a successful career.
De Sarno was born in Rome, Italy, in 1984 and grew up in Naples and Rome with his family. He was passionate about fashion already as a child. His parents owned and ran a boutique, which allowed Sabato to explore his creative side from a young age.
Outside of his work in fashion, Sabato keeps his private life largely out of the spotlight. However, he is known to have an interest in classic cars. He is also a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights and has publicly spoken in favor of marriage equality.
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