Until recently, some of the most intricately embroidered fabrics in the world, like those found in garments designed by Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Etro and Prada, have come out of a duplex apartment complex in Milan, the home of a small business called Pino Grasso Ricami. Under the watchful eye of Mr. Grasso and his daughter, Raffaella Grasso, seve...

Last Monday Milan’s diehard shoppers and cappuccino addicts-in-withdrawal were given a well-earned respite, as the strict lockdown we’ve been under for two months was lifted for retailers and restaurateurs. Hairdressers too opened their salons—and you could almost hear the collective sigh of relief as thousands of women (myself included) booked app...

Fashion, just like wine, hinges its success on three running themes: passion, excellence and research. These are indeed the three cornerstones Anna Fendi has picked to create an exclusive oenological collection: a limited edition of select wines that represent the best of Italy’s production. The project includes twenty exceptional terroirs, which t...

Gucci is going seasonless and scaling back the rhythm of its fashion shows to twice per year. “I will abandon the worn-out ritual of seasonalities and shows to regain a new cadence, closer to my expressive call,” said designer Alessandro Michele in a diary entry posted to Gucci’s Instagram. “We will meet just twice a year,” the entry continues, “to...

A three-hour drive from Rome, through rolling hills and nestled between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, lies the region of Le Marche. With neither the Renaissance legend of Tuscany nor the dense forests of Umbria, Le Marche is quiet and rural, stretching nearly 4,000 square miles across Italy's sandy eastern coast. However unassuming L...

“Via Montenapoleone, il salotto di  Milano, ritrovo delle signore dell'élite della città.” It was 1954 when Dutch born singer Peter Van Wood sang his ode to the beating heart of Milan, the  spine of what was already the centre of the city’s fashion district, the “quadrilatero della moda.”  If we want to  be historically accurate, we should say that...

Milan mayor thanks Armani for helping Coronavirus-hit city. Giorgio Armani, the legendary Italian fashion designer, has moved the location of his next show from Paris to Milan to help the local economy recover from the covid-19 crisis, reports news agency ANSA. Milan mayor Giuseppe Sala expressed his gratitude to Armani who has already played a maj...

The Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (the National Chamber of Italian Fashion) has announced the organization of the first-ever entirely digital Milan Fashion Week. The new-format event, which is set to run July 14 -17, will focus on 2021 collections and pre-collections for both men and women. Hot on the heels of news that London Fashion Week w...

Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has launched Amore for Scientific Research, a campaign that will donate a portion of the proceeds from sales of its Devotion handbag collection to Humanitas University, a private international school dedicated to medical sciences. The collaboration with Humanitas will fund global health research to fight the co...

In this time of virus-imposed isolation, it’s comforting to sift through old possessions in forgotten drawers. I recently came across two neatly folded women’s Borsalino hats my mother had bought in Rome in the early 1950s. Still unblocked, but well-preserved for future shaping, they inspired a look into the history and current state of the legenda...