The stuff dreams are made of
Founder & Stylist
Karl Manfredi, founder and stylist of Man&Del, has always had a passion for fashion and design. His teacher noticed this already in middle school and recommended that he pursue a creative career, but life often has other plans.
But his love for beautiful things never let him go. Especially handbags aroused his interest. This little universe that women carry with them every day. Full of mysterious objects, large and small, useful and expendable, but mostly very personal. For men there is often only a shake of the head and the realization that it will remain an unfathomable mystery forever.
Karl Manfredi lives with his family in the Italian Alps. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Trento, a Master’s in International Management from ZfU Zurich/Boston, and diplomas from Harvard Business School, Babson College, Northwestern University (USA) and CEIBS Shanghai (China). He speaks five languages and is an enthusiastic regatta sailor in his spare time.
Karl Manfredi is also co-owner of the Relais & Châteaux “Terra the Magic Place” Hotel and Restaurant. The Restaurant is awarded with two Michelin stars and is known as one of the most creative in Italy. Karl Manfredi is certified sommelier since 1999.
Claudio Ruatti is the creative mind behind Man&Del’s brand.
He started his career creating designs for brands like Roncato, Helly Hansen, Murphy&Nye, La Martina, Replay and many others.
He spent a great amount of time on planning and research, translating from sports products to fashion accessories. Teaching in different schools and hosting workshops across Italy also brought him opportunities to teach in other prestigious design schools outside the borders as well.
Today he’s the art director in a design studio operating in the creative field bringing online and offline material for Man&Del’s developing process.
Here are his thoughts about our owner, Karl Manfredi.
“When I met Karl, I quickly realized that he is the real entrepreneur: hungry, passionate and crazy enough to embrace a project like Man&Del”.
Claudio and his team are still working on new Man&Del projects because for G-Rope, this is just the beginning!
One of the most important players on the way from the designer table to the finished bag is the “Modellista”, who first produces a model of the sketch from paper. At Man&Del this is Bruno Stuaro, living just outside Venice.
Maybe someone remembers the song “Sultans of Swing” by Dire Straits, where it says: “check out Guitar George, he knows all the chords”.
So it is with Bruno and the topic bags. He has already worked for all the big labels and brings to life what at first only exists on paper. This is how dreams come true.
Bruno and Alessandra Sturaro: father and daughter, both designers, make the prototypes of all Man&Del bags, they own design studio near Venice. Bruno Stuaro is the designer of the new men’s bag, Alessandra is responsible for the “Cello” model. Both new models were launched in November 2018. They work for many well-known brands, including Benetton, Borbonese, Patrizia Pepe, Rocco Barocco e Lancaster (Paris). Since 2018 they also work for Man&Del.