Dominic Bellissimo is an artist using leathers and shearlings as his palette. Bellissimo’s impeccable attention to detail and eye for stylish outerwear has placed him on the radar of chic women and fashion critics from around the globe.
Born in Toronto, Bellissimo entered the fashion world immediately after graduating from college in 1981. From his first outerwear collection to his current line, focus has and continues to be on high quality, elegant garments. This formula has provided Bellissimo with lots of fashion attention!
His work has been featured in some of the most renowned fashion magazines including the Robb Report, Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar – and a long list of celebrities have fallen in love with his work including Richard Gere, Jeremy Irons, Queen Latifah, Catherine-Zeta Jones, Renee Zellweger and Neve Campbell.
Bellissimo’s signature is his meticulous craftsmanship and his talent for working with shearling. He lets luxe materials – Italian or Spanish shearling lamb, Loro Piana cashmere, Italian lamb leather, etc. – act as the backdrop for details such as embroidery and eye popping hardware. Women love Bellissimo’s work for how it flatters the female figure, and guys love the no-nonsense, high quality styling .
One of the reasons York Furrier loves Bellissino’s work is his philosophy that although the garments are gorgeous and elegant, they’re not just for special occasions. His collection includes reversibles, rain silks, cape collars, tuxedo trims, ruffles and more. Here are a few of our favorite Bellissimo pieces!
Simple and Elegant Cashmere. These first three coats are impeccably crafted, and it shows! Because they’re lighter than, say, shearling, fur or a bulky winter coat, you can make use of them well into Fall and Spring. First up is a fuchsia wool/cashmere blend pea coat paired with a mink purse and black leather gloves. The high collar and double buttons add the perfect amount of formality to balance the fun, fresh hue. This marine blue cotton/wool blend tweed jacket also boasts Bellissimo’s signature high collar, and the oversize buttons add a bold, graphic element. The third coat is a Bellissimo design using Loro Piana cashmere styled into a fitted walking coat that will flatter any body shape. It’s shown with one of our favorite purses, a Badgley Mischka houndstooth envelope clutch with gold shoulder chains.
Luxe and Leather. These next three coats show off Bellissimo’s creative side. His eye for show-stopping looks shines through in this superfine wool belted walking coat with a matching dyed fox fur collar. Again, it’s paired with a Badgley Mischka leather tote. A perfect look for day or evening wear. Take a double take at this two-in-one style. The snakeskin print rainsilk is perfect for spring showers while when reversed, the classic black leather zip-up jacket stylishly pairs with slacks or skirts. Finally, this red leather walking coat is perfect for the woman looking to make a statement. The black piping gives it a subtle edge.
For the Men. When it comes to his men’s designs, Bellissmo keeps it clean and simple. On the left is a cashmere blend tweed car coat in charcoal grey. On the right is a camel cashmere blazer style jacket. Bundle up with a patterned chenille scarf, to complete the look.