VITELLI is an Italian knitwear brand entirely made in Italy.

Collections derive inspiration from the history of Italian youth culture, stile italiano through the filter of the present.

Vitelli is produced by local craftspeople, each knit is hand-looped.

Manufacturers are family-owned local factories, independent,  persons with ideas and care for details. 

All garments are knitted, looped, printed or embroidered in Schio, knitwear since 1817.

The first series represent the imagery of “Gioventù Cosmica”, the first italian clubbing scene, a post-hippy youth movement born in 1980 with the motto “Music is culture” 



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VITELLI è un brand di maglieria italiana.

ispirato alla cultura giovanile e allo stile italiano d’oggi. 

Dalla “smacchinatura” alla confezione, i laboratori indipendenti vicentini sono il mestiere e la cura del fatto-bene.

Vitelli utilizza solamente i migliori filati italiani tra cui Cariaggi, Loro Piana, Zegna Baruffa e Lineapiù.

Ogni anno Vitelli presenta due collezioni e due capsule.

Le prime collezioni Vitelli s’ispirano allo stile “Cosmic” italiano (1980-1984), un movimento pacifico e anti-ideologico cresciuto alla fine degli anni di piombo con il motto “la musica è cultura”.



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The “Cosmic” movement was a music-driven italian youth scene originated in 1979/1980, in conjunction with the opening of “Cosmic” club in Lazise.

The Cosmic Youth set roots by specific dance clubs including Cosmic, Melodj Mecca, Typhoon, Chicago, Vinavil and Spleen.

Venues were not big enough for everybody to get in, hence many club-goers spent the weekend between the parking lots and the beach, setting up sound-systems or playing mixtapes in their cars.

In the summer of 1983 a big event called “Woodstock Dj” was held at Rimini’s arena. Star dj’s from the major cosmic clubs gathered for the all-nighter. The “afro” phenomenon exploded within the next few months: discos clubs turned into “afro-clubs”, and a wider audience joined the wave.

The original cosmic scene gradually became a reference for further Italian “tribal” aesthetics.

COLLEZIONE 1 “Aperto 80”

Vitelli “Gioventù Cosmica” collezione 1 includes five unisex styles, with prints paying tribute to the original cosmic clubs: digital prints of re-designed camp logos, rainbow colored embroidery; garments are knitted with a Cariaggi cashmere-silk yarn, spun in Italy.


COLLEZIONE 1 SPECIAL “Although she didn’t walk funny, she inadvertently swallowed ten heart pills”

Vitelli “Gioventù Cosmica” collezione 2 features two cashmere-silk unisex styles: the Chia jumpsuit, inspired by the Transavanguardia painter, and the XXXXXL v-neck shirt.  The collection was specifically conceived for couches.


COLLEZIONE 2 “They think, we feel”

Vitelli “Gioventù Cosmica” collezione 3 delves deeper into the Cosmica Italiana post-hippie attitude through late 70s archetypal disco and local traditional costumes. Inspired by the medieval background of the north-east italian territory where the cosmic youth set roots. Unisex cashmere oversize sweaters, womens’ ribbed cashmere-lurex jumpsuits, bubble crop-tops embroidered with traditional hand-made Burano lace, hand-machine knitted dresses and boxy “sbandieratore” shirts.











COLLEZIONE 4 “Trip in Tirol”

Vitelli “Gioventù Cosmica” collezione 5 was inspired by the Austrian cosmic scene developing soon after the Italian afro, with a Innsbruck dj called Stefan Egger who helped spreading mixtapes. and became one of the keepers of Cosmic Sound knowledge.

Knits are developed for hiking, with water-resistant cotton and warm mohair yarns, iron-cotton experiments, cashmere and linen moliné



COLLEZIONE 5 “Bolerowerk”

“Bolerowerk” DIY-style collection was inspired the german Kosmische Musik esthetic and the Italian Arte Cinetica e Programmata, both originated and developed across the 70s.

The name and the track “Bolero” by Kebekelektrik as played by Daniele Baldelli at Cosmic Club in 1981.

The idea behind the story coincides with the discovery of a box of polaroids in the basement of a small town’s photo shop, along some wooden sculptures inspired by artisanal hippie-market toys. The objects feature optical painted shapes as well as rotating panels to be pinned by hand.

Lookbook photography has been approached in the same artisanal manner: pictures were printed, hand-manipulated and finally scanned.

The garments consist in a series of hand-machine knitted stripes, hand-looped to cashmere blend “rasato” jumpers and pants; a classic “dolcevita” cashmere sweater embroidered with a “catenella” finishing; two crew-neck jumpers knitted with a steel+wool yarn, shaped by hand on the sleeves.

Bolerowerk was available through a special pop-up shop in Rome, in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition “Cinetica: il Gruppo MID (1965-1975)”.



Gioventù Cosmica nacque nel 1980 con l’apertura del Cosmic club di Lazise e altre discoteche “baiose” (Baia di Gabicce) tra cui Melodj Mecca, Typhoon, più tardi Chicago, Vinavil, Spleen, Les Cigales, Arlecchino, alla fine Xenox. Ogni club aveva un resident, spesso “ospitato” dagli altri club cosmici per consolidare sia la fama che appartenenza di ognuno.  

I locali avevano una capienza di poche centinaia di persone, tutti i cosmici passavano la notte nel parcheggio o sulla spiaggia ascoltando i mixtape del weekend precedente.

Le registrazioni dei set su cassetta furono un veicolo fondamentale per la diffusione della mentalità cosmica in tutto il Nord e Centro Italia.

Nell’estate del 1983 lo stadio di Rimini ospitò il primo “Woodstock Dj”: tutti si riunirono per uno storico all-nighter, che portò molti locali “disco” a trasformarsi in club “afro” generalisti.

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