The designer

“I spent my childhood turning everything I could find into dolls’ clothes or clothes for my sister.”

Alfonso’s fascination for the diverse world of design started at an early age. When he was just of five-years-old he started to design his outfits himself and developed his very own, sporty elegant style always completed with intricate, extravagant detail. That style is today the basis of his own brand.

Sicily, seven people in an old Fiat “500”, towards the beach. Dinner with the family for hours. Reunion with grandmother, a small backyard – her home, in an even smaller village. The wine cellar, double the size of the apartment, the smell of darkness and family celebration. The uncle with pool, lined with palm trees and orange trees. The aunt with oversized bathtub in shell shape, in which bathing never was. Images that remain.

These are childhood memories of designer Alfonso Patermo. His roots are in Sicily, he was born and raised in Germany and has lived in Switzerland for several years. He is proud of his origins, the diverse Sicilian culture and the unique shapes and colors of the country: deep blue and green of the sea contrast with earthy sand and exciting reds of a spirited volcano.

For Alfonso, the mother plays an identity-defining role. She is the muse of life, a proud warrior who protects the family she lovingly cares for and holds together.

In the 80s years he grew up with his fashion-loving mother. He used to spend a lot of time in boutiques regularly and watched his mother carefully choosing her outfit. But he was really fascinated above all on how innovatively his mother combined the newly purchased clothes with the pieces that were already at home in the wardrobe. For hours they tried together different garments and created a variety of looks – a key experience that influences him today.

Our vision

PATERMO is a mix of intercultural references, brings tension through opposites, and unites the new with the known in harmony.

Our aesthetic is stable, classical elements and current trends processing the past with the zeitgeist. Sustainable cycle that values mankind, nature and the product is our priority. We check every fiber for its high quality, traceable origin and responsible production. Our promise: a fair, durable and stylish piece of clothing.