‘Son of the Heart’: Benheart

Together with his best friend and business partner Matteo Masin, Hicham Ben’Mbarek creates clothing and accessories designed in Italy, entirely crafted by hand, and customized pieces. Ben’Mbarek is a designer who has showcased his models in Japan, the US and Germany, and is internationally recognized for having developed new techniques for the treatment of leather, …

Florence Fashion Week

Florence held their semi- annual fashion week titled, Pitti Immagine. The events took place from Tuesday, 16 June to Friday, 19 June and featured men’s, women’s, and children’s fashion encompassing ‘color’. The week is host to high end designers such as Jeffrey Campbell, Alto Milano, Maison39, Peter Pilotto, and Valentino. The highly anticipated week has …

Space Presents Caramello, the Wednesday of Italian and International Students

Just in time for a new batch of study-abroad students, Space is hosting Caramello, the “sweet university night” — as the organizers define it — of every Wednesday for Italian, European and American students. Caramello presents themed nights and, often, also fashion shows. Entry before 12:30 a.m. is only one euro. The ground floor, which …

The Birth of the Fashion Show

The innovative idea of a fashion show, an idea that has long since gone global, was first conceptualized by Giovan Battista Giorgini and held on none other than the very street where there now stands today, decades later, Danilo Ceri’s vintage clothing store, in Florence. The original store is located in the Oltrarno neighborhood of …

Youmody.com: Strolling and Shopping Florence Online

  A new platform for shopping in Florence has been launched online. Entitled YouMODY, the concept enables consumers to “stroll” the streets of Florence virtually, and enter the city’s most prestigious shops and artisan workshops to buy products. It’s the first time such a comprehensive approach has been taken to online shopping in Florence. While …

A Palace and the City

Ferragamo Museum Hosts Exhibit on ‘Its’ Palace by Marine Le Canne From last May 8 up to April 3, 2016 the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo is hosting an exhibition which retraces the steps of the centuries-old history of the Spini Feroni Palace house of the Ferragamo Museum. The exhibit includes prestigious works of art and documents …

Understanding the Roots of Italian Fashion

by: Costanza Menchi As the sophisticated Italian writer Gianna Manzini noted early in the 1930s, the renowned Bronzino’s portrait of Eleanora di Toledo with her son Don Garzia acts as if it were “a program, a prophecy,” a document of an epoch. It was in the Renaissance we first find a manifestation of a “discourse …

The Art of Dressing Italian

Identifying who is Italian and who is not as you walk the streets of Florence is easy. Why? By looking at what they wear. But what is it that sets casually chic Italians apart from the rest of us? In search of the answer to this question, I visited a few of the top fashion …

Florence Fashion Week

  Mackenzie McKey   Florence held their semi- annual fashion week titled, Pitti Immagine. The events took place from Tuesday, 16 June to Friday, 19 June and featured men’s, women’s, and children’s fashion encompassing ‘color’. The week is host to high end designers such as Jeffrey Campbell, Alto Milano, Maison39, Peter Pilotto, and Valentino.   …