Austin and Paul met through Polimoda fashion school in Florence, Italy, and became best of friends after many passeggiatas and meals at local trattorias. Their friendship became a working relationship as their shared passion for clothing and luxury craftsmanship led them to manage the world’s most renowned bespoke tailoring house, Liverano & Liverano. They have worked with the industry’s most talented tailors, heritage producers, and prestigious global retailers. Austin and Paul perceived that the codes of luxury craftsmanship that define bespoke menswear were absent from the womenswear market. They launched Passeggiata with a collection of the finest silk scarfs to bridge this gap, and have plans to introduce bespoke quality women’s tailoring in the near future.
Meet Austin Pollak
Austin, a lawyer from Chicago, left the practice of law to pursue his interest in menswear and craftsmanship. Austin worked at Ralph Lauren’s flagship store in Chicago, before attending fashion school in Florence, Italy where he earned degrees in luxury business management and bespoke tailoring. Austin now lives with his wife in London, and the two travel back to Italy frequently. In his free time, Austin loves to cook, travel, and explore culture through food and drink.
Meet Paul Schlossarek
Paul is an economist, specializing in fashion management. After working in sales, controlling, and buying, Paul wanted to combine his interests in creativity and analysis in equal measure. With a constant curiosity and passion for art, architecture and culture, Paul enjoys every moment he spends in Italy - the closer to the sea, the better.