Mario Carbone comes out of the kitchen to make his styling debut!

Chef, restaurateur, and now … fashion designer ?! Is there something Mario Carbone can’t do?

This week, the leader of Major Food Group and the chef behind, duh, his namesake restaurant Carbone, made his debut in the world of men’s fashion. Considering how elegant he is when he’s not rocking his chef’s whites, it’s no surprise his new collection is truly up to the task.

Trading their spicy rigatoni for bespoke leisure suits and sleek bomber jackets, Carbone teamed up with It-Label La Ligne to create the dapper line dubbed Our Lady of Rocco. The 19-piece collection is inspired by the swashbuckling style of 1980s New York City and the effortless flair the chef witnessed growing up in the city.

“It has a certain 1980s Italian-American feel that I associate with the members-only clothing that I remember my father and uncles wearing at the time,” Carbone said in a statement. “But the idea of ​​this ambitious partnership is to reach out to a young generation of men looking for a sense of form that is contemporary, comfortable and classic at the same time.”

The cool new collaboration also marks La Ligne’s official extension (by company staples Molly Howard, Valerie Macaulay and Meredith Melling) into menswear.

“After launching our Marin sweater for men in May, we are delighted to offer our customers a complete collection of men’s clothing and Mar io was the perfect partner to consolidate our entry into the market. We share a common love for New York City, which serves as the inspiration for the Our Lady of Rocco collection, and a passion for creating high quality products that our customers can enjoy. “

To celebrate the launch, Carbone and La Ligne are offering shoppers an immersive, in-person retail experience located at 275 Mulberry Street. The showroom is filled with old school memorabilia and obviously a lot of Italian flair. Make an appointment to visit HERE or shop the collection in line!

[Photos courtesy Our Lady of Rocco]

Joseph E. Golightly