‘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 …

Learning to Sew

    Colorful, creative and social. It is this shop, named Merenda in Sartoria and tucked away in the heart of San Frediano, that a local young woman with a passion for sewing teaches an art that was a joy and a way of life for our grandmothers. The workshop’s title derives from the idea …

Plus Size is Chic Too

  Mackenzie McKey   Having curves is not a bad thing, even if the magazines say so. Being curvy and posh is possible, especially with designer stores such as Elena Miro in the market.   One of the first stores in Italy to combine fashion with a woman’s figure, Elena Miro brings a unique outlook …

When Milan Took the Title From Florence

  Mackenzie McKey   When people think of Italian fashion, the first place that comes to mind is Milan, given that it is where majority of the world’s important fashion shows take place. However Milan has only been a leading player in Italian fashion for the last 25 years. Italian fashion originated, in fact, in …

Women Protagonists on Show

  Requiring the total rearrangement of Palazzo Pitti’s Costume Gallery, Twentieth-Century Women Protagonists showcases the garments and accessories of prominent twentieth-century females.   The exhibition’s ‘protagonists’ are those women noted for creativity within their various fields, including Rosa Genoni, Eleonora Duse, Donna Franca Florio, Maria Cumani, and avid fashion collectors Anna Piaggi and Cecilia Matteucci …

Fashionistas flock to Florence for ModaPrima 77

The 77th edition of international fashion show ModaPrima returns to Florence from November 21–23 at Stazione Leopolda.     Hosted by Pitti Immagine, ModaPrima is highly anticipated event on the fashion buyer calendar that presents ready-to-wear fashion trends and accessories and, most importantly, previews of next season’s collections. This edition presents 150 Italian manufacturers as …