A vibrantly talented American designer, Dennis Basso has been hailed by both celebrity and private clients for three decades. Inspired by pure glamour, his collections – from fur and evening wear to bridal and accessories – are consistently featured in the media and at red carpet gatherings worldwide.
A native New Yorker, Mr. Basso was captivated by people and events that were chic and glamorous and knew he wanted a career in that world. He started out managing sales and learned customer service first hand by calling on retail accounts as well as heading large hotel showings. While successful, he realized a greater interest in design and leveraged that early experience to become an avid apprentice.
In 1983, Mr. Basso was ready to launch his own business. He brought a new perspective to designing with fur... treating fur like a fluid fabric; lighter, with more sinuous silhouettes, and bolder in coloration and patterns. There was consistent press adulation and socially influential women, no matter their generation, sought out a Dennis Basso fur for their wardrobe.
As his business grew, it was a natural evolution for Mr. Basso to design ready-to-wear. With his signature verve and attention to glamorous styling, the distinctive day and evening looks were a perfect complement to the furs. In 2002, Mr. Basso opened his first freestanding boutique, at the prestigious Little Nell Hotel in Aspen, which was followed by the 2003 opening of his original flagship on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Dennis Basso collections were also expanding globally, with an in-store boutique at Harrods.
Since 2007, Dennis Basso has been a closely watched presence on the runway at New York Fashion Week, drawing top media, NY tastemakers and Hollywood celebrities. Dennis Basso designs have been prominently seen on screen: worn by both Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones in “Chicago”; by Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada”, Nicole Kidman in “Nine”, and Charlize Theron in “Snow White and the Huntsman.” His designs have graced the red carpet on a bevy of celebrities: Hayden Panettiere, Emmy Rossum, Helen Mirren, Tyne Daly, Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige, Catherine Zeta Jones, Brooke Sheilds, Sarah Rafferty, Naomi Campbell, Stephanie Seymour, Robin Roberts, Katie Couric and Olivia Palermo to name a few.
Mr. Basso believes that women should have access to a quality, sophisticated wardrobe. With that in mind, two decades ago, he embarked on a major collaboration with QVC, presenting faux furs, ready-to-wear, and accessories, and, subsequently, a home collection. Dennis Basso’s most recent brand extension, in 2011, was the launch of an exclusive collection of bridal designs for the esteemed Kleinfeld Bridal salon in New York City.
Last year, Dennis Basso opened a sleek new flagship located at 825 Madison Avenue in a landmark building. The five story townhouse is an expansive 10,500 square feet and presents, in pure Dennis Basso glamour, the designer’s extensive collections of furs, ready-to-wear, and accessories.
Mr. Basso was educated at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. A respected voice and supporter of the fashion industry, he is a long-standing member of the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America. In 2013, Dennis Basso was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Fashion Institute of Technology in recognition of his talent, vision, and business acumen.
Dedication to creation at the highest level in producing the finest in luxury goods has been the Dennis Basso mission, since the birth of this unique brand. Expert craftsmen and artisans have skillfully worked for generations, in our New York City Studio, perfecting the art of handmade designs focusing on fashion, modernity, and innovation. Commitment to workmanship and talent combined with the most advanced techniques allow us to generate authentic, limited products of unsurpassed standards and quality.
In 2007 the company acquired and completely renovated a 30,000 square feet former ammunitions factory in Long Island City. Minutes from Midtown Manhattan, the duplex warehouse was transformed into an atelier for design, research, development, pattern making, sewing, and finishing, as well as executive offices and accounting.
Raw materials are hand selected in limited quantities from auctions and collectors worldwide, representing less than 0.1% of the entire production that are able to meet our stringent standards of quality. In house sourcing diverse materials allow us to craft each item from conception to completion, with utmost attention to detail, quality and value being delivered to our clients and assurance of service for years to come.
Our retail boutiques carry through with the same philosophy as our design studio in selecting top international locations and designing spaces with the highest standards and impeccable materials, acting as a backdrop to our unique products.
The Dennis Basso flagship townhouse sits on over 10,000 square feet and four floors in Manhattan’s most prestigious blocks dedicated to luxury fashion, on Madison Avenue in New York City. Our personal shoppers along with the concierge team will gladly help you set up Bespoke Appointments and work together with the design team and tailors for custom made-to-measure gowns or luxurious, artistic furs and make this incredibly unique experience flawless.
For over 14 years in Aspen, Colorado, within the luxury hotel the Little Nell, Dennis Basso has become a permanent fixture of culture and philanthropy supporting the community. Known for its eclectic and expensive taste, this boutique offers sporty fringe furs, lavish throws and hand embroidered daywear.
After a very successful start within the most luxurious of fashion havens, Harrods in London, we have recently collaborated with designer David Collins in creating a masterpiece space of over 2,400 square feet, which is among the five largest fashion boutiques in Harrods. Here, evening ball gowns, glittery cocktail dresses and handcrafted furs are displayed in gold cages, gold leaf accents, and marble floors.
The company’s social responsibility is evident through many collaborations with different charities in New York, Aspen, Miami, California, all over the United States and Europe. “Handmade in New York City” being the house’s tag line is the core of this brand and the choice to keep production in New York City assures quality control at the highest level.
Countless hours are devoted to the development of techniques that combine different textures and materials are one of the hallmarks of the designs. The passion of the Dennis Basso team creates uniqueness in mixing design and craft leaving each product to become an authentic work of art.