Let it be known that Italian designer Alessandro Sartori was bewitched by Los Angeles long before it became the recent obsession of fashionistas, social influencers and other tastemakers. And, well, who could blame him?

“I love — I love, literally love — the light,” said Sartori, artistic director at Ermenegildo Zegna. “The city has fantastic light because of the ocean and the sky. I feel particularly good there. You can have a day of working, working, working and then relax. There’s a fresh vacation feeling. I have a great connection with it.” Then he slyly added, “I liked it before people were talking about L.A. so much.”

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