Luca De Rubeis
As a little boy, Luca considered following in the footsteps of his parents and becoming a graphic designer, but soon realised that spending all those hours in front of a computer was not for him. When he was a little older he discovered a passion for role playing and medieval-style fantasy. His first experience was in the courtyard of a little church of Fiumicino.
At the time – we're talking about fifteen years ago – no specialist costume industry existed. Everyone made do as well as they could and tried to create a suitable outfit, complete with furnishings improvised. The first character Luca played was a murderer – a thief. He got his grandmother to sew together the costume for him, and it was precisely this homemade, "do it yourself" spirit that propelled him toward his true calling. Luca began doing leather work. Initially, without the proper tools and barely a floor and a hammer to his name. Yet, despite his limited means, the results were good. Even his family, skeptical at first, began to grow more understanding. And with more experience, and new equipment, and study and experimentation, he managed to turn his passion into a genuine profession. He certainly doesn't lack talent. In time, he even began using the art of tooling, which allowed him to create ever more fascinating and complex costumes. Now he has a workshop of his own in Fiumicino.
Fundamentally, he works on commission, with highly demanding customers willing to spend large amounts to have bodices, shoulder pads and medieval-style ruffs completely handmade. Each hide has its own particular tanning and Luca handles the entire production process: cutting, stitching, tooling, colouring. As models, he has a folder full of twenty gigabytes of images from movies, TV series, cartoons and video games. Today he is able to make a living from his work, fulfilling a dream that was not a foregone conclusion. In the future he would like to start working for the cinema and theatre.
The story was told by Christian e Veronica Raimo,writers.
A young craftsman with a love of role playing games whose work, inspired by the worlds of fantasy and the medieval.