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Monday
Sep302013

VENETIAN GLASSMAKING

Murano, a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon, has been the homeland of master glassblowers for more than a thousand years. For centuries Italian and international tourists have brought home at least a piece of Murano’s glass art when they visited Venice, and if you look into your Grandma’s ‘treasures’ (more)

Monday
Aug262013

JEANS, AN ITALIAN CREATION

The story of jeans begins in the city of Genoa, in the Liguria region, famous for its cotton, velvet, and damask. In the 1400s, the town of Chieri, in the province of Turin, produced blue fustian (a cotton, linen and/or wool blend) that was exported through the port of Genoa and used to make bags to store sails. With it, the Genovese started making sturdy trousers worn by sailors (more)

Sunday
Aug042013

LACE FROM THE ISLAND OF BURANO

Burano, an island in the Venetian Lagoon, is the oldest place for lace craftsmanship. One of the most famous legends about Burano’s laces narrates that in ancient times a betrothed fisherman, while fishing outside the lagoon, stopped to hear the mermaids sing. It was known that mermaids would sometimes sing to sailors to hypnotize them, to distract them from their work causing them to walk off the deck, or cause (more)

Friday
Aug022013

DAMIANI

Valenza,  in the province of AlessandriaPiedmont region, has one of the best Italian jewelry tradition: this is where the story of a leading brand of top end Italian made jewelry begins. It was 1924 when Enrico Grassi Damiani  began designing and creating unique jewels with diamonds; small masterpieces destined for the noble families of the time, for which he soon became the trusted jeweler. In the following years, Damiani was acclaimed in the Italian jewelry sector as the highest expression of classicism, balance, and preciousness. (more)

Thursday
Aug012013

MARINELLA NECKTIES

In the early 1900s, Eugenio Marinella built the foundations of what became one of the most fabulous Neapolitan "successful stories". In 1914, on the eve of First World War, Eugenio decided, showing an undeniable amount of courage and initiative, to open a tiny shop in Piazza Vittoria, on the elegant Riviera (more)

Saturday
Jul062013

BORSALINO

Borsalino, for most, means the best fedora hats worn by Humphrey BogartGary CooperAntony QuinnAlain DelonRobert De Niro, Al PacinoRobert RedfordWarren BeattyFederico Fellini, and Paul NewmanGiuseppe Borsalino – nicknamed "u siur Pipen" (Master Joe) in the local dialect – was born in Pecetto di Valenza, in the province of AlessandriaPiedmont, in 1834. After starting as an errand boy then an apprentice in his home town, he found a job (more)

Friday
Jun212013

ACQUA DI PARMA, UNMISTAKABLY ITALIAN

David Niven and Cary Grant, two style icons, wore a very sophisticated cologne: Acqua di Parma. It all started in 1916, when master perfumers created a new fragrance in a small laboratory in the old town centre of Parma. It was unusually fresh and modern compared to the perfumes of German origin, stronger and more intense, that were then so popular.This was the first real Italian eau de cologne, and it expressed a new sensibility. (more)

Tuesday
Jun042013

VINCENZO ATTOLINI

“A good tailor is nothing but a craftsman who makes imperfect clothes for imperfect bodies.” Attolini is the name of a family, a big family, inextricably united over three generations by a profound passion: elegant menswear. In the late 1920s, Neapolitan fashion design was well-known all around Italy, a mixture of British style with French and Spanish influences. Despite the climate and the uncomfortable stiffness of its shapes, Neapolitans dressed as British people. Until a 29 year old Neapolitan tailor, Vincenzo Attolini, who had a strong creative intuition, a deep sense of harmony, and an (more)

Thursday
May022013

SORELLE FONTANA

Zoe (1911-1979), Micol (1913), and Giovanna (1915-2004) Fontana were born in Traversetolo, a small town outside Parma (Emilia-Romagna). Her mother Amabile ran a dress shop founded by her own mother in 1907. They learned their skills very early. Zoe and Micol moved to Milan in the early 1930s, while Zoe got married and moved to Paris to study couture and headed back to Rome in 1937. Her sisters, Micol and Giovanna, followed her in 1940 and the trio struggled because (more)

Monday
Dec172012


BUCCELLATI'S NEW PENDANT EARRINGS 

All styles are entirely made of gold, silver and platinum, with rare stones or enriched by precious engravings. The pieces handcrafted with the “tulle” or “honeycomb” technique are embellished by diamonds. Earrings have had a thousand of meanings in history: they were talismans in the Genesis, then a type of “insurance” for the pirates, and even symbols of seduction in tribal cultures. (more)

Tuesday
Sep182012

ALDO CIPULLO 

''Design has to be part of function, that's the secret of success. When you have function and design, married together, you always have a successful item.''  Aldo Cipullo (1935-1984) Before the year ends, there are a few things that come to mind that need to be remembered. Last April, Cartier presented an exhibition titled Cartier & Aldo Cipullo, New York City in the 70s. Curated and designed by Cartier in (more)