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A basket case

Viterbo | Benedetta Bruzziches

Benedetta Bruzziches, not to mince words, is a fashion phenomenon, a design success story with few equals, a free spirit who's accomplished a meteoric rise to the very top of her chosen profession. Which is creating bags.   Quilted bags galore, ... More

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Opposite Jewel

Casteggio | Opposite Jewels

Shells were Antonello Malfa's first love. He started out a dozen or so years ago as designer and crafter of singular rings fashioned from what he calls gifts from the deep. From that first, inspirational wave-worn specimen found on a ... More

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Society home textiles

Lecce | Epiphany / Society

Historic Lecce, you probably know, is a labyrinth of narrow streets packed with churches and monuments in its signature Baroque style, their façades congested with intricate carvings, the interiors brimming with hosts of heavenly figures. Still, I couldn't help but pull ... More

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An Italian Theory 2014

Milan | An Italian Theory

Presenting our latest video, The Sound of Made in Italy for Artigiano Contemporaneo, at Pitti Uomo, I took a stroll around the stands and stumbled upon this seriously cool new brand of bags (mainly but not only), IMHO one of the most exciting on show ... More

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Optimistic businessman Carlo Piacenza

Pollone | Piacenza 1733

A crisp December day in sub-Alpine Piedmont found me on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of what seemed more like an operating theatre than a textile mill, guided by none less than proprietor Carlo Piacenza and his son Vasiliy. Now the Piacenzas are ... More

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The Merry Milliner of Florence, with merry me ...

Florence | Contemporary Millinery

Hat stands, vintage luggage, fabrics and accessories... There was no resisting the tiny shop front I stumbled on last week, right opposite Palazzo Pitti, so in I went followed by South African videomaker #mymark. The diminutive atelier and outlet is HQ to Antonio Gatto, ... More

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Sartoria Vico fw 2013

Milan | The Triangle

No, this has nothing to do with mysterious disappearances; rather, it has everything to do with appearance. Il Triangolo is one rather special piece in a classy collection tendered by a small Milanese knitwear brand. Sartoria Vico prides itself on fusing fashion and ... More

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Branded: choose your colour

Rome | Good Jeans

We were just taking our vintage bikes back to where we'd hired them deep in the Jewish Ghetto when it started pouring with rain. Umbrella-less, Gaetano, the kids and I slipped into the nearest shop to wait out the storm. ... More

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YCIA, bilingual warnings...

Milan | You Chat I Am

You Chat I Am is the maverick message coming from designer Elena Corazza, and it takes the form of this year's must-have summer fashion accessory in this part of the world. That is, a collection of bracelets labelled YCIA , silk crêpe laces in vivid ... More

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Just what can you do with a castoff tie?

Trieste | Lister Sartoria Sociale

It all started when I saw my friend Lorena pulling her sunglasses out of a gorgeous, silky case. A conspicuous label on it read not Etro or Versace, but Lister Sartoria Sociale, and Lorena had the gen. Lister is a cooperative atelier up ... More

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Milan | Marras Notwithstanding

Sardinian stylist Antonio Marras closed his flagship store in Milan's plush fashion district last year. That's the bad news. The good news is he reopened in trendy Tortona-town, in another of those so-contemporary abandoned industrial spaces. The new store is accessed from ... More

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Neckline detail at Salamastra

Gallipoli | Salty Baroque

TGI almost summer here. Our first weekend at the beach this year was with my good friend (and guardian travel angel, but that's a whole different story) Angela Calvo, and Co. An unforgettable weekend in Gallipoli, way down in the heel in ... More

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