CB Made in Italy is a Milan-based brand combining timeless design and superior craftsmanship in its gender-neutral product range, which includes footwear, belts and small leather goods.
Established in 2010 and relaunched under a female-led team, including founder Cecilia Bringheli and stylist and entrepreneur Sibilla De Vuono, the brand embodies Italian sophistication and Milanese elegance. The brand stands out for its inclusive approach, commitment to sustainability, and use of high-quality materials.
“We know every single artisan by name, each of them is for us an artist working on a commune project; that being a shoe, a belt or any other item.”
Emphasizing durability and timeless appeal, CB Made in Italy transcends fleeting trends, advocating for long-lasting beauty and style. We reached Cecilia and Sibilla to discuss what makes their brand new and noteworthy.
Tell us about the name, about the brand, and what makes CB Made in Italy different?
CB Made in Italy stands for the initials of the company founder Cecilia Bringheli, who founded the brand 13 years ago and relaunched it with Sibilla de Vuono. The two wanted to create a range of simple yet sophisticated products embracing all those images of the classic dolcevita as well the dynamism of their Italian childhood.
The brand’s combination of Mediterranean joyful spontaneity and Milanese humble refinement makes the brand appealing for an international audience, looking for high-end quality and personal distinctive style.
Purchasing a pair of CB Made in Italy is a way to indulge into an authentic Italian experience.
Tell us a bit more about the origins of the brand. How did it come to life?
The Main source of inspiration for Cecilia was her mother:
“She has raised me to a natural inclination towards elegance and taste without need to over-do this was my starting point and a fundamental in everything we do now.”
CB Made in Italy focuses on gender-neutral designs—primarily flats and boots (no pumps, no strappy sandals). What was the rationale behind that decision?
We are aiming to create a product for a conscious and dynamic consumer. We concentrate on style without having to compromise comfort and dynamism. We aim to create a shoe that’s perfectly applicable to any attire and situation, any age, any style.
Is it easier or harder to design gender-neutral pieces? Do you think gender-neutral is the future of fashion?
We don’t necessarily think is the future of fashion but it represents our everyday, it can be difficult sometimes to have appealing flats for women wear and this is where we take our bet.
What’s the quintessential piece or pieces from CB Made in Italy? What’s the brand’s signature aesthetic?
Our objective is to have a very narrow selection, each piece we decide to keep is for us an essential, a timeless. We don’t believe in collections. Deciding not to inject more products in the market, working on creating desire to own more doesn’t go along with our real engagement on sustainability.
Are there any special materials or fabrics you like to use, and why?
We like to use 1st choice of materials to guarantee high quality products and durability. All our Leathers, suedes and fabrics are sourced from recognised and trusted Italian suppliers.
Are there any special fit details you would like to share, for our shoppers to know about CB Made in Italy footwear? Are there other brands whose fit is similar to yours?
We have an Italian standard fit.
How important is “Made in Italy” to you? Is it still a marker of quality and value?
Sibilla and I are both Italians, we decided to make a brand representing our upbringing and our approach to life, we know every single artisan by name, each of them is for us an artist working on a commune project; that being a shoe, a belt or any other item. In our work there is a sense of community and shared values which could be difficult for us to find elsewhere.
What is next for the CB Made in Italy line?
We aim to have timeless products, transcending fashion and seasonal trends, however given the new joint venture with Sibilla this year we are coming out with 5 new woman styles, representing us both fully. Always designed with passion and crafted with love.
Keep an eye out on italist for CB Made in Italy’s newest creations.
About the Author
Alex English is the Head of Content Marketing at italist.com, building on a lifelong passion for fashion and luxury. After publishing a lifestyle blog for nearly ten years and obtaining an MBA in Milan at SDA Bocconi, one of Europe’s top business schools, he joined the italist team in 2019. His work since then has focused on upper-funnel messaging, brand storytelling, establishing italist as a thought leader in the space, and enriching the customer experience on the platform.