Boating: A Splash of Fashion
At last september’s Monaco Yacht Show, the Italian shipyard Benetti presented 27 megayacht concepts from independent designers. One of the more striking concepts came from the desk of Luca Dini, a Florence-based naval architect who has had some 60 yachts built to date. Dini’s 236-foot motor yacht stood out with features that included side terraces concealed by retractable windows and a dual-height aft beach club with an aluminum, venetian-blind door. But the design drew equal attention for what was inside: the first maritime interior by the Italian fashion brand Stefano Ricci.
For Stefano Ricci, the transition to yacht interiors was a natural one. “Our family has been blessed to spend many summers on some of the finest yachts,” says Filippo Ricci, the company’s creative director and one of Stefano’s two sons. The Riccis have also designed interiors for their company’s boutiques—in Florence, Paris, New York City, Shanghai, Moscow, and elsewhere—as well as for the homes of select clients of the fashion brand.
“Most of our clients own private yachts or jets, and we were solicited on numerous occasions to design the interiors,” Filippo says. “From this experience, [we] decided to study a concept fully dedicated to yachts, and evaluated new technical solutions with the collaboration of Luca Dini.”
In Monaco, at the same time it was unveiling its first collaboration with Dini, the fashion house formally launched its new maritime business, which it calls the Stefano Ricci Luxury Yacht Division. Filippo says that the company is speaking with several clients interested in making the Dini-designed, Benetti-built yacht concept a reality, and that the vessel could potentially be completed as early as 2016. He adds that the company’s yacht division is open to working with other shipyards as long as they meet the brand’s quality standards.
If realized, the concept revealed in Monaco would result in a 1,500-ton-displacement vessel that could accommodate as many as 10 guests and 25 crew in an interior as distinct as Ricci’s clothing. Stefano and his team detailed every onboard space, from the saloon and dining areas to the cabins and heads. His plans call for the extensive use of rich materials—Californian briarroot, Tuscan travertine, crocodile leather—to help achieve his distinctive style. Of course, like those with a Ricci wardrobe, buyers of a yacht with a Stefano Ricci interior will be able to customize every detail down to the last stitch.