Luisa Via Roma Goes With Cantini

After working for Tiffany, New York, and David Morris in London and Miami, Florentine Marco Cantini has been chosen by the prestigious brand Luisa Via Roma to create accessories and exclusive jewels. Cantini, who defines himself as a “contemporary artisan” and has recently opened a new shop on Via Castello D’Altafronte, a tiny street off …

Communicating Fashion

Each Spring at the ISI (Institute for International Studies) in Florence, the role of the city as a world capital for menswear is highlighted. A course dedicated solely to writing and blogging about fashion is offered for undergraduates from many American schools and includes a unique scholarly visit to the Pitti Uomo menswear trade show …

Roberto Ugolini: Master Loafer

www.roberto-ugolini.com Quality and elegance. This is what you can find in a small shop next to Piazza Santo Spirito that carries on the antique tradition of designing and producing handcrafted shoes, primarily for male clients who want to wear the top quality. The shop is that of Roberto Ugolini, a Florentine artisan famous in America …

Twenty-five Years of Style

Meet Sauro, founder of Contrasto Aveda Salon It all began in 1991 on Via della Mosca, a tiny street behind Via De’ Neri. It was here that Sauro opened his first saloon. At that time it was a small shop, and Sauro could not imagine that years later the saloon would multiply by three, and …

Bringing Ancient East and Modern West

“I’m the point where the East meets the West,” she says about herself and her design style. Her ‘branding’ style is a bridge between two cultures, two different worlds that cross their line of boundary and merge while still maintaining their distinctive features: ancient Persia and modern West. Taraneh Azad came to Italy from Iran …

Dressing Up: Pitti Presents Uomo and Filati

By Heather Donner Pitti Dance Off is the title-theme of the next edition of Pitti Uomo which will return for its 91st edition at the Fortezza da Basso from Jan. 10-13. The theme is to promote the expression of yourself, of your own body, the energy and pleasure of living as well as performing. The …

The ‘Supermodels’ of the Renaissance

Through the famous Renaissance portraits of women, it is possible to understand how modern fashion began. It was during this period, in fact, that for the first time in art history, women became the object of a somewhat obsessive attention to the details of beauty. Artists began focusing intently on women’s faces, hair and clothes, …