Why you need to know: Daniel Dolce, fashion designer

(Stephen Ciuccoli )
March 07, 2013|By L'Oreal Thompson

Havre de Grace

Where he lives now:
New York, but he still has a home in Havre de Grace, too.

What he’s known for:
Dolce, 65, began his brand, Daniel Dolce Italy, six years ago. The line includes his signature cuff links made from rare stones, ties and dress shirts made in Italy and much more. His designs are sold in nearly 300 stores across the country, including J.S. Edwards in Baltimore.

How he got his start:
As a young boy, Dolce practically grew up in his mother’s store, Dolly-Mae Apparel Shop, which was in downtown Havre de Grace for 30 years.

He got his career start at Isaac Hamburger & Sons, a now-defunct men’s clothing store in Baltimore, then moved to New York in 1973. Later, Dolce became fashion director at May Department Stores.

What he’s working on now:
This spring, Dolce plans to feature “aggressive” color combinations highlighting purple, his favorite hue. Expect purple and apple green, purple and orange, and purple and pink.

Why he loves purple:
“I jokingly say purple is both the color of royalty and madness,” he says. “I’m more madness than royalty. I love working with color.”

What he loves about Havre de Grace:
“When I lived there, I thought it was too quiet, but after I moved to New York City, I always loved coming back there because it was quiet! What I love now more than when I lived there is the waterfront and the many interesting restaurants that have opened in recent years.”

Daniel Dolce Italy, danieldolceitlay.com

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