The setting is Verona. A city nestled in northern Italy’s Veneto region famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” It’s 6 o’clock, the golden hour with the sun descending behind the city’s 1st-century Roman amphitheater as the languorous summer day comes to rest. Bathed in the dusky, gilded light, spritz-drinking couples and elderly locals meander into the squares on a pre-dinner passeggiata. And it is here, on the east end of Piazza dell Erbe – the very place where town forums were held in the time of the Roman Empire – amid the tolling of bells and the chinking of wine-drenched glasses, where we meet Italian designer Matteo Perin, eccentric waves of silver locks atop his tilted head, hands adorned with giant, skulled rings, and a pin-striped suit impeccably fitted over his otherwise unembellished frame.