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James Valeri is half Italian, half English, born in London and raised in Rome. He has always had a passion for clothing. As a young child, watching his mother getting dressed and going shop with her, he started making customized clothes for his barbie dolls. At the age of 12 he started collecting copies of Italian Vogue and developed a vivid passion for fashion. It was the beginning of the 90’s the era of the “super model”.
When it was time to go to college he decided to attend a course called “Fashion Promotion” at the London Institute (courses of PR and Fashion Journalism between the London College of Fashion and London Saint Martins). The course gave him the opportunity to do some work placements and during one of them he assisted Carine Roitfeld in Paris (before she was Editor in Chief of Vogue Paris). It was then that James realized he wanted to be a stylist. After finishing attaining his degree in fashion he went to study Literature & Philosophy in Rome “La Sapienza” university, and then went to work in Milan for Italian fashion magazine Flair, assisting the fashion director Monica Dolfini. From there he moved to New York to assist the fashion director of VMan, Andrew Richardson, and then Marie Amelie Sauvé at American Vogue and Vogue Paris.
After years of assisting amazing stylists he decided to start his own career. He then created a magazine in New York, together with Nick Vogelson, called Document Journal where he was Editor in Chief and Creative Director while also styling.
Document Journal, Dossier, Double, Dust, Harper's Bazaar U.S., i-D Magazine, Interview, Love Magazine, M Le Monde, Man About Town, Uomo Vogue, V Magazine, V Man, Vanity Fair U.S., Vogue China, Vogue Italia, Vogue Japan, W Magazine
3.1 Phillip Lim, Barneys, Bvlgari, Calvin Klein, Dior, Helmut Lang, Hermès, Hugo Boss, Jacquemus, Kenzo, Lancôme, Max Mara, Philosophy, Pucci, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tod's
Alexi Lubomirski, Brett Lloyd, Charlotte Wales, Chris Rhodes, Christian MacDonald, Cedric Buchet, Colin Dodgson, Collier Schorr, Daniel Sanwald, Dario Catellani, Giampaolo Sgura, Gregory Harris, Harley Weir, Jason Kibbler, Johan Sandberg, Julia Noni, Lea Colombo, Mario Testino, Nathaniel Goldberg, Nico Bustos, Paul Wetherell, Richard Prince, Roe Ethridge, Senta Simond, Suffo Moncloa, Terry Richardson