Rizzoli New York joined such prestigious American institutions as Tiffany’s, Saks, and Cartier when it first opened the Rizzoli Bookstore on Fifth Avenue in 1964. In the following years, its landmark building in New York became the center for the company’s national expansion, adding new bookstores throughout the country and, a decade later, establishing an eminent publishing house renowned today for high-quality, illustrated books.
Rizzoli New York began its publishing operation in 1974 and has become a leader in the fashion, interior design, culinary, art, architecture, and photography fields. The Universe imprint—rebranded as Rizzoli Universe—was added in 1990, marking Rizzoli’s entrée into the pop-culture worlds of humor, beauty, sports, performing arts, and gay and alternative lifestyles, as well as a highly successful calendar program. In 2011, Rizzoli established Ex Libris, an imprint dedicated to publishing up-market literary fiction and nonfiction with a transatlantic character. Starting in January 2018, Rizzoli produces its museum and exhibitions publishing under the new imprint Rizzoli Electa, in collaboration with leading Italian book publisher and sister company Mondadori Electa.
In the United States, Canada, and Latin America, our corporate entity Rizzoli International Publications distributes the English-Language titles of French publisher Flammarion, as well as British publisher Batsford (with its imprint Pitkin). Rizzoli International Publications distributes Australian publisher Smith Street Books in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Asia. Rizzoli International Publications also distributes worldwide the English-Language titles of distinguished Italian publisher and sister company Mondadori Electa and of America’s Gagosian Gallery, Acquavella Galleries, and Tourbillon International.
In addition to our publishing house, the company maintains the Rizzoli Bookstore—widely considered one of the foremost independent booksellers in America—which specializes in literature, photography, architecture, interior design, culinary, and the fine and applied arts. The bookstore also stocks a selection of Italian, French and Spanish-language fiction and non-fiction literature, a unique find in New York City.
“Rizzoli has long published some of the most beautiful illustrated books in the world.”
—The New York Times
“Rizzoli, the famed Italian purveyor of art tomes, has over the years produced an entire library of gorgeous coffee table books. They have upped the ante on modernism in hardcover with a stack of architecture and design books that are as much nourishment for the mind as cannoli for the eye. Rizzoli’s editors have their fingers on the pulse of what’s happening right now and next in design in the United States and abroad.”