Roberto Menichetti was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1966. In 1967 his family moved to their native Italy, in Gubbio, where they openend a hand tailored clothing company. Roberto studied art in Perugia and Florence and received the Laurea honoris causa from the Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia.
In 1987 Roberto opened his first store in the exclusive Italian resort city of Riccione. The success of this store marked the beginning of a rich carreer in the fashion world.
In 1989, Roberto joined Claude Montana at GFT Group as project leader for the collection.
In 1992, Roberto was hired by Jil Sander. For three years he guided her reserach and design team for the woman collection. For the following three years he acted also as the project leader for the creation and launch of the German based company’s men’s collection. The collections Roberto developed with Jil Sander defined the style that became known as true “minimalism”.
In 1997, Roberto was responsible for the first co-branding between a fashion and a sports company, Jil Sander and Puma, opening a new road in fashion.
In 1998, Roberto was appointed Creative Director for Burberry. He relaunched the famous British brand and created the Burberry style blending English heritage, Windsor elegance and extreme sports functionality. Burberry Prorsum, the first line launched by Roberto for the company, soon established itself as a worldwide luxury collection. As a result, the sales of Burberry increased from $300 million to over $675 million, and the profits from $11 million to over 110 million in just three years.
In 2000 Roberto was honored at the Elle UK Style Award as Best British Designer of the Year and was given by the Fashion Group International the award for the best Men’s and Women’s collections for the year.
In 2001, Roberto was appointed Creative Director of Cerruti group.
In 2002, Roberto Menichetti launched his own brand, Menichetti, a diversified design project combining made-to-measure and technical sports clothing. The brand focuses on a clean aesthetic inspired by his vision of “Essential Style”.
The Menichetti brand produced the outfits for the KTM Endurance motorcycle team. The Rosone symbol emblazoned the technical gear of world leadingracers such as Fabio Farioli and two-times winner of Paris Dakar, Fabrizio Meoni.
In 2004 Celine appointed Roberto as creative director and in 2006/2007 worked as project leader for the Toppy group in Hong Kong.
In 2009, Menichetti began a collaboration with Brema. Together they created clothing for Marc Coma, one of the leading Paris Dakar racers. With Marc Coma, Brema Menichetti created the most advanced Enduro rally technical collection of clothing and equipment. Brema Menichetti dressed the 2013 Honda Enduro official team that won the worldwide championship, with racer Andrea Salvini.
In 2013, Roberto became Creative Director of Ballantyne Cashmere.
From Fall 2014 to Spring 2017 Roberto has been appointed as Creative Director and Project Chief for JH 1912, owned by the Chinese group Jihua, a Chinese giant of multi-sectoral production, specialized in military and aerospace apparel.
Today Roberto has also completed his projects focused on alternative mobility and complementary clothing, whose presentation and distribution in the market is planned for Autumn 2019.
Roberto lives steadily in Los Angeles since 2013, between his studio in Rose Avenue, Venice, California, and the traditional family atelier in Gubbio, Umbria, Italy.