Gourmet is a brand that truly defies categorization. Above all, cornerstone influences are Italian and Italian-American culture. From old world Italy and its grand tradition of menswear tailoring with luxe fabrics and trends that have driven the fashion market. To Italians in the metropolitan enclaves across the USA at batting cages and local giglio feasts wearing sweatpants with an undeniable swagger; Gourmet is all of the above.
For Years, refined Italian and casual All-American men's looks have been imitated, rehashed, reworked and reinterpreted season after season but never before have they collided as they do in Gourmet. This is a new, revolutionary, remixed laid back luxury inspired by Italian culture, food, style and music. Gourmet is both high and low, style forward yet familiar, chic and gauche. Each piece possesses an understated complexity that underlies Gourmet's high concept DNA.
Gourmet was founded in December 2005 by Greg Lucci, Greg Johnsen and Jon Buscemi.
After leaving St. Johns University in Fall 1994, Jon went on to Kensington Wells, a private boutique investment bank. There he became a registered investment banker. In the year 2000, he left the banking industry for a sales position in the skateboard industry, at Girl Distribution. Girl Distribution houses many of the most sought after skateboard athletes that endorse their higher end hard goods, soft goods, footwear and apparel. After representing Girl and its flagship apparel brand, Fourstar, he left in late 2003 for global footwear leader, DC Shoe Co. USA. With his market leading sales history, ability to spot market trends and laser-locked product knowledge, Buscemi saw a future on the design and product marketing side of the business. Mr. Buscemi took the position of DC Shoes Global Product Director for Men’s footwear. During his time there he created the DC Connoisseur Collection, a global lifestyle fashion category. After a 3 year stay at DC, Buscemi moved to LA to become Brand Director for LA-based luxury eyewear brand Oliver Peoples. Oliver Peoples houses Paul Smith spectacles and Mosley Tribes.
Johnsen started his career in the fashion industry as the buyer for global influence retailer Union, one of the most exclusive
street wear boutiques in the world. From there, he started designing for street wear heavyweights like Supreme and Stussy. He started his own brand Situationormal in 1996 and opened the flagship store for the brand in 2001, in downtown Los Angeles. Situationormal’s collaborations with other street wear brands are some of the most sought after pieces in the game. In 2004, Greg also became Creative Director for Lotto North America and there Lotto Leggenda lifestyle collection. Along with Lotto, Greg opened the most exclusive head wear boutique in Los Angeles, Hall of Fame, to sell limited edition caps and head wear from fashion and street wear brands from around the world.
Lucci started his career on the retail side. Starting the Chaos Shop in Santa Monica in 1993, which expanded into 3 locations in Southern California. In 1998 he moved to Fred Segal as lead buyer and fashion consultant for men’s apparel, footwear and accessories. While at Fred Segal, he contracted and consulted on an international project for Adidas, and helped launch Adidas Originals. This category
for Adidas is currently a multi-billion dollar business. Lucci then helped launch Los Angeles based golf fashion brand, Rosasen with Chris Rosasen and partners. Greg the moved back to NYC to take the position of Vice President of Zoo York. There he was responsible for Zoo York’s overall business, marketing and creative, as well as playing a key creative role in Mark Ecko Enterprises, such as Complex Magazine, G-Unit Apparel, and ME Collections. Lucci also has launched his own jewelry line, Ends, and is also on contract with Adidas working on the O by O David Beckham capsule.
Gourmet is currently owned and operated by the original three founders.
The following segment contains snapshots into past projects, past collections, past collaborations and behind the scenes images that paint the picture of our brand. A set of snapshots that spell out what Gourmet is...
Over the years, the collections have received many accolades and industry attention on a global scale. From vertical publications to trade press and from opinion maker web logs to main stream editorials.