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Italian Designer Giovanni
We met Giovanni during our travels to the French Riviera in the summer of 2008 while on board of one of our favorite customers. While being entertained aboard the vessel of Lord Vincent Bernard and his friends and lovely wife Michelle, we were introduced to Giovanni.

Giovanni is a fifth generation of fine Italian craftsman whose history goes back to Winston Churchill. As the story goes, Giovanni’s great Grandfather developed the Lumbar support in the seats of Winston Churchill’s automobiles apparently because Sir Winston spent so much time traveling that he often complained about his back hurting him during long journeys.

Giovanni provides all the interior design on Lord Bernard’s planes (all four), boats (currently 5) and cars (221 and counting). Giovanni’s staff of five coachman stay busy not only designing but also traveling for the finest and durable fabrics and leathers. According to Giovanni, “I am always looking for new possibilities for my interior designs and not be limited to what others use today. I like very much the neoprene’s but always have to use my leathers.” Some of Giovanni’s work has been displayed in movies such as James Bond and many other European movies.

XLVelocity commissioned Giovanni to provide a proto design using one of their dashboards while on the French tour. According to Brett Harbison, co owner, “I can see with a little more detail work of our templates and neoprene, we can offer an interior design that will enhance the American Muscle of our exteriors and especially engines. I guess what I’m saying is American manufacturers in 1969 was concentrating on pure muscle and performance while our new generation of Shelby’s bring the interior into focus as well that also complements NASCAR raw qualities.”

MIchael Saint Piere
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Italian Designer Giovanni

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