As a finalist of international contest Who is On Next? 2015
Raffaele Stella Brienza was born in Potenza on 29th May 1973 and later settled in Florence, at the age of 19, where he graduated in Arts and Humanities at the University of Florence.
After completing a specialization in fashion design at Ent-Ant Polimoda, based in Florence, he has renewed and broadened his experience at an important Italian company which he has been collaborating with since 2000.
Over these years he has experienced several professional environments, ranging from creation to coordination of a brand new leather, shoe and accessory collection as well as devising clothing collections for the same brand.
He has developed different types of skills, being constantly faced with creative and innovative features as well as marketing and commercial requirements.
Currently, he deals with different sectors so as to be able to implement and improve his professional knowledge through approaching the world of styling and creativity to a wider extent, and teaching for several florentine institutions.
Since December 2013, he has designed and created a personal collection of hand-sewn bow-ties called “Mani del Sud”, as a means to promote “made in Italy” and his region of origin, Basilicata.