The “Marinella philosophy” originated in the year 1914, when the thirty-four-year-old Neapolitan Don Eugenio opened a small shop in the Riviera of Chiaia of Naples. After having completed the renovations, the young founder undertook his first trip to London to meet with prospective suppliers and recreate a small corner of England in Naples with exc...

Famed Italian architect Massimiliano Locatelli is taking over Madison Avenue’s Barneys on Wednesday, marking the start of an ongoing collaboration between the retail giant and the architect who’s designed commercial properties for the likes of Valentino, Michael Kors, Zara and Missoni. Meanwhile, the Columbia University PhD is busy developing the n...

Italian brides are finding wedding dresses at an unusual spot hidden in the Umbrian hills, where they are able to pick out their special gown – all for the cost of a donation. Sister Maria Laura at the Augustinian monastery of St. Rita in Cascia, Italy began running the thrifty wedding dress service out of a surplus of donated wedding dresses. “It...

The idea of open-source isn't something you come across very often in the car industry. In most cases (make that "in every case"), if one company comes up with something it had spent a lot of time and money on, it will guard it as best it can against the competition.  That's how things work in a competitive environment. It's not how they necessaril...

Gucci is now the highest ranked luxury brand on the Brand Finance 2017 report, coming at at no. 3. The value of the Gucci brand increased from $ 5 billion (2016) to $ 6.1 billion (2017). Gucci executives note a lot of their recent success in benefiting from dominating in the digital/social media market. In terms of growth, Gucci is among the best p...

Anthony V. Salvo, a longtime local teacher turned Salem mayor, died Monday at Salem Hospital following a brief illness. He was 89. “Always a gentleman, Mayor Salvo loved Salem with a spirit of dedication that few could match,” wrote Mayor Kim Driscoll of her predecessor twice removed in a Facebook post Monday. “His tireless efforts, both in public...

Just east of Broadway in the Patch neighborhood of Carondelet stands a small, rough-cut stone house. The structure, over 160 years old, is set to receive a 'Most Enhanced' building award from the Landmarks Association of St. Louis this Thursday evening. Set back from the corner of Water and Steins streets, a freshly-poured walkway leads up to a sha...

You may not look at the Mazda Miata-based Fiat 124 Spider and say, “Viva l’italia!” But why would you? It’s a Japanese car sold by an Italian-American company. But when I drove one for the first time, something strange happened. I think I found the automotive embodiment of myself: energetic, easy to beat up, made here and there, with borderline Ita...

While Louis Vuitton set out for Kyoto and Christian Dior to Los Angeles, Pierpaolo Piccioli opted to present his 2018 Cruise collection for Valentino in New York City, marking the second time the Italian brand has descended upon the Big Apple to stage a pre-season show. As noted by Vogue, "On the runway, Piccioli picked up a sporty thread inspired...

No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Fontana di Trevi, or Trevi Fountain. Located in the Quirinale district of Rome, the Trevi Fountain is known as one of the most stunning fountains in the world. But there’s a lot more than just beauty behind this famous fountain! Though it was one of 1,352 fountains in 4th century Rome, the Trevi Fo...