A renowned voice on the style and fashion scene, a force of nature in design, Piero Gesualdi’s segue from architecture into fashion in the mid seventies saw him establish Masons retail outlets, responsible for first introducing luxury labels to Australia such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Comme des Garcons and Giorgio Armani, as well as featuring his own design collections.
A decade later, Rosati's in Melbourne's Flinders Lane and then the equally famed Pieroni's in Toorak Road followed. What became a celebrated food and drink destination, began with a modest operational footprint that should have seen the Rosati venue feeding and libating 50 guests. The architectural and conceptual footprint though, was pure Gesualdi – an eating and drinking hall to seat 500, the likes of which had never before been seen in Australia. In the years since, there have come numerous projects and ventures across the design, fashion and architecture landscape.
In 2014, he was inducted into the Stonnington Fashion Hall of Fame and in October 2015 was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) National Hall of Fame, highlighting the work of designers and their significant contribution to Australia’s economic and cultural development.
Mondopiero, his latest creation, is a culmination of his passions, interests, energies and sensibilities: the next step along an incredible journey, a way of sharing his particular way of looking at things, an attitude to style.