Flea Market Insiders is run by vintage & antique enthusiasts who enjoy discovering the world’s best flea markets and antique shops. Their mission is to help their readers find flea markets that are actually worth their time, where they can find true gems, instead of mass-produced fake items. What was started as a passion project by Nicolas Martin in 2010, has quickly become an acclaimed online reference for vintage and antique shopping. Flea Market Insiders blog helps travellers to discover the best flea markets all around the world, provides shopping tips and inspiring home decor ideas. In 2017, they also launched Fleamapket, an interactive, web-based app, featuring reviews of the world’s 300 best flea markets. They are particularly proud of Fleamapket’s flea market calendar, which we created for our premium subscribers. Nicolas, born and raised in France, is an expert on French flea markets and antiques. He loves to decorate his home with unusual vintage objects. His wife disagrees, but he is convinced that one can never own too many antique and vintage chairs, right? Although Paris is still his go-to place to find antique treasures, Nicolas is now based in Vienna, Austria, where he runs Flea Market Insiders. The initial idea behind launching fleamarketinsiders.com was to show the world that it is not always necessary to spend a fortune on new items when you can find amazing things at flea markets that might otherwise get disposed of. They like to think that Flea Market Insiders helps its readers to live a more sustainable lifestyle, where old objects get repurposed & upcycled instead of thrown away. Naturally, they have plenty of flea market shopping tips to share, but the most important advice we have, is this: “Remember, that the most valuable items are not those that you think will be valuable for resale. The really priceless things are the objects you personally love”. Of course, there are hundreds of haggling tips and advice such as “arrive before sunrise”, but the truth is that it actually takes not that much to become a successful treasure hunter. All you need is good spirits, a minimum dose of fantasy, charm and a little bit of perseverance. Your eyes will sharpen over time, and before you realize it, your home will be full of fabulous finds.
IJ-Hallen is a large indoor market located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is known for its vast selection of vintage and second-hand goods, ranging from clothing and accessories to furniture and home decor. The market is housed in a former shipyard and is one of the largest indoor markets in Europe, with hundreds of stalls and vendors selling a wide range of goods. The atmosphere is lively and bustling, with plenty of bargains to be found if you're willing to dig. The prices are reasonable, and there is a mix of both high-end and budget-friendly items. Overall, IJ-Hallen is a must-visit for those interested in vintage shopping and a unique market experience.
Il Quartiere es una asociación cultural afincada en el barrio de Valencia que organiza eventos culturales relacionados con el consumo responsable y la participación ciudadana. La asociación es también un punto de encuentro entre otros proyectos sociales. El principal objetivo de la asociación es fomentar el consumo responsable y de segunda mano, de ahí nació el primer fleamarket de la ciudad de Valencia llamado il Market. Además, buscan incentivar a la comunidad al consumo de productos hechos a mano por creadores valencianos, así como dignificar el trabajo del agricultor y potenciar el consumo de productos de temporada a través de La Huerta de il Quartiere. Todos los eventos organizados por Il Quatiere son mucho más que mercados. Cada evento se caracteriza por ser un punto de encuentro para otras iniciativas como talleres de reciclaje o customización de ropa (upcycling); también son conciertos, recitales de poesía, charlas sobre temas sociales que nos preocupan, exhibiciones de danza… En definitiva, son un domingo especial para todo tipo de público. Entre los mercados que Il Quatiere organiza con regularidad se encuentran: El Flea Market De València o Mercado de las pulgas, en el que pueden participar todas las personas que tengan demasiadas cosas en casa a las que deseen darle una segunda vida y sacar un dinero extra con su venta, lo que además le permite a todos lo que asistan de conseguir eso que tanto necesitan a un precio más que asequible. El Creativo, un mercado de diseño pensado para que emprendedores, artistas y creadores pueden vender y dar a conocer sus proyectos en un ambiente lúdico y agradable, así como disfrutar de un espacio de networking en el que nazcan además nuevos proyectos. El equipo del Il Quartiere apuestan por el consumo de objetos únicos, hechos en Valencia, con amor y cariño. Les gusta apoyar los proyectos de emprendimiento, y apostar por el consumo local y responsable. Los temas que acompañan cada una de sus ediciones están orientados a sensibilizar a la comunidad en diferentes temas, tales como feminismo, economía colaborativa, gentrificación, consumo responsable.
The boutique Amedeo Canfora was founded in Capri in 1946 by Amedeo, who created an incredible array of sandals, in hundreds of styles and an infinity of colours. They are all handmade in genuine leather and with fabulous decorations using beading, artificial flowers, and other accessories. This said, in the late 1940’s, Capri’s economy was still based almost entirely on fishing and there were only a very few hotels on the island. Opposite to the most important of these, the historic Grand Hotel Quisisana, Amedeo Canfora decided to open a sandal shop. A modest little shop, with a workbench on which to make his sandals, walls hung with soles and costume jewelry, and shelves filled with books in which the measurements of the most important regular clients were recorded and carefully conserved. Today, Amedeo’s daughters Angela and Rita and their families continue the tradition, adding a touch of originality to every annual collection. Many celebrities have been fans of Canfora’s creations, among these the unforgettable Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. More than once, late at night, Amedeo opened the shop just for the first lady, letting her choose her favourite sandals; he made created a style exclusively for her called “K”. Other customers of international fame have been in the shop, including Grace Kelly, Princess Margareth, Princess Caroline, Soraya, Maria Callas, Oona Chaplin, Sofia Loren, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Dawn Addams, Anita Ekberg, Naomi Campbell and many others.
“Piedàterre Venezia” an icon of la dolce vita since 1952. From our heritage heart to our handmade soles, Piedàterre is synonymous with Venezia. We are the original and authentic Venetian slipper ‘Friulane’ specialists, pouring decades of Italian ingenuity and world-class craftsmanship into our artisan velvet shoes. Each pair is still handmade in the homes of our community of craftspeople and continues to be one of the most enduring icons of la dolce vita. The traditional Venetian slipper was born in the 19th Century north of Veneto, in Friuli, where, during a period of post-war necessity, Italian families began to stitch together sumptuous velvet curtains from closed theatres and flattened bicycle tyres to make new shoes with genius and flair. Though resourceful, the slippers were beautiful works of craftsmanship, stitched passionately by the region’s women with precision, skill and purpose to put shoes on the feet of their neighbours and loved ones. The slippers quickly found a captive audience in cosmopolitan Venice and its influx of visitors. Versatile, chic and - crucially - non-slip, the design was perfect for navigating the city’s cobbled streets. In 1952, a dreaming businessman and his cart full of handmade slippers took a spot on the historic Rialto Bridge. Piedàterre was born. Fuelled by a swathe of enchanted shoppers, the cart remained faithfully in place for 40 years, before the doors of the Piedàterre Rialto store swung open to become the first store in Venice dedicated solely to the historic slipper. Today, Piedàterre slippers are a symbol of la dolce vita across the world, bringing understated chic and a timeless sensibility to contemporary wardrobes from Piazza San Marco aperitivos to New York red carpets and Amalfi Coast sunsets. Each pair is unique, crafted to the highest quality from 100% natural cotton velvet and hand-stitched by our network of Italian craftspeople. Our historic Rialto store and our Campo Santo Stefano flagship remain Venice’s original shops, focused solely on the traditional Venetian slipper. Every shelf explodes with colour. Timeless and 100% made in Italy, Piedàterre’s slippers continue to be our ode to the ingenious Italian spirit that forever finds beauty wherever it looks.
Established in 2000, YOOX is the world’s leading online store for fashion, design and art that lasts a lifetime and beyond. For those who love the thrill of the find, YOOX inspires men and women around the world to express their personal style through a wide selection of well-made yet accessible pieces to cherish season after season. These include hard-to-find clothing and accessories for men and women from the world’s most prestigious designers, as well as kidswear, a unique selection of home design objects and exclusive collaborations with internationally renowned artists. From 2020, HI GUY_Z!, a dedicated Gen-Z area with a selection of products and an authentic look and feel for the younger generation has been added, to underscore YOOX’s focus on this category. Encouraging conscious and responsible shopping has been central to YOOX’s philosophy since it launched more than 20 years ago, helping customers to be kinder to the planet by investing in fashion with longevity. In 2009 the store launched YOOXYGEN – a socially and environmentally responsible destination featuring a carefully curated edit of sustainable brands. At the forefront of innovation, YOOX has pioneered the use of artificial intelligence in fashion, launching its own label 8 by YOOX in 2018, the first collection ever powered by A.I. combined with YOOX’s unique creative flair. The collections, developed by an innovation-focused creative team, are among the most sought-after and successful brands on the platform. Available in more than 100 countries with 10 languages, YOOX provides a seamless shopping experience across all devices with easy returns and multilingual customer care 24/7, 365 days a year. With the desire to engage and stay in touch with customers all over the world, YOOX’s social base grows and develops with new interaction formulas in search of continuous dialogue and open exchange with respect to trends and interaction between people in every corner of the world. YOOX is part of YOOX NET-A-PORTER.
Netflea.com is a unique way to shop preloved items online. The items are sold by consumers to consumers completely hassle-free, because we act as a trusted third party between the consumers. This way, full consumer rights are guaranteed to the buyer and the seller alike. At Netflea.com, buying and selling 2nd hand goods is much easier than trading at typical marketplaces. You can buy items online from multiple sellers using one shopping cart. All items will be sent to you in one parcel with one flat rate shipping fee. The seller enjoys similar ease of selling. You just decide which items you don’t need any more, and take a photo, write a short description and decide the price for each. Then you simply pack everything in one box, send it to them, and then just wait a while. Money will appear on your sales account when your items have been sold. No questions from the buyer, no shipping and return issues, no price negotiations. They handle all questions, customer service, shipping and returns for you. Should it happen that one of your items are not instantly sold, they even find the right price for you to get it sold. Netflea.com removes almost all hassle related to consumer-to-consumer sales of 2nd hand items. The buyer can shop just as in any online store, and they are covered by full EU consumer protection. The seller can send their preloved items in one parcel to them, and they guarantee that the seller will receive his/her money for all items that are sold on Netflea.com. Both parties pay only one delivery free for unlimited number of items. They believe online shopping should be safe and secure for everyone. They promise safe shopping and different secure payment methods with SSL encryption. Their shop has been audited for 100 % legal compliance by an independent third party. Ossi, a seasoned ecommerce and logistics professional, and his wife, had their first baby in the spring of 2013. It was obvious to them that it makes both ecological and financial sense to buy second hand. Most baby gear are in perfect condition after one or two previous owners, and cost a fraction of the new equivalents, let alone the environmental footprint of producing new. Unfortunately, the local flea markets didn’t have everything Ossi’s family needed. As an online retail professional, Ossi finally found all the missing items from various internet marketplaces. But the effort of doing that was certainly a major unnecessary hassle in the house with a newborn. Scanning through Facebook groups and various classifieds sites, negotiating prices and delivery costs, agreeing shipments and trying to avoid fraudulent sellers was all too much when searching for dozens of necessities worth a few euros each. And it wasn’t once or twice when the perfect product-seller-delivery-payment match led to nothing, as the product had already been sold to someone else. Of course, the problem was not confined to new parents. Many of us have too many unused items at home that we simply could not get to new homes with reasonable effort. Most people had thousands of euros lying in their shelves and cupboards, simply because there was no way to monetize them easily. All of us need something new almost daily, but most of us prefer buying a 2nd hand product if it is easily available. By the time the baby was crawling, Ossi had decided to fix the problem. He wanted to create an online space where all products for normal life can find a second home after they are not needed any more. Not only the expensive and prestigious ones, but also everything we needed for our daily lives some months ago, but not anymore. Europe is full of products that are not being used by the owner, but that are still valuable for someone else. The monetary value of each product is low, but making all these products move effortlessly around Europe to those who need them next was Ossi’s dream. This dream became Netflea.com.
Fratelli Bonfanti, a family story connected to high quality handcrafted buttons Made in Italy with passion, generation after generation. The story of the Fratelli Bonfanti is about a family devoted to the design of precious buttons and refined buckles, a business that started in Torino, after the end of the postwar period. Nowadays, Fratelli Bonfanti is well known for high quality buttons that bring the Made in Italy, beyond the national borders, to the best retail shops and fashion ateliers in the world. The buttons of Fratelli Bonfanti are designed and made entirely in Italy for the best retail stores in the world. From San Francisco to New York, from London to Paris, from Berlin to Rome, from Saint Petersburg to Osaka, Bonfanti buttons enrich the best haberdashery, wool, fabric and hobby shops in the world. Where there is creativity, passion and fashion, there are Bonfanti buttons. Bonfanti buttons are an essential detail, which is why they are chosen by designers, tailors, emerging stylists, but also by prestigious names in fashion, in Italy and around the world. Thanks to its flexibility and competence in the production of buttons, Fratelli Bonfanti has the ability to always study and propose new solutions for every request. Fratelli Bonfanti company sells its buttons around the world, thanks to a wide range of agents and distributors, but also participating in the best fairs. You can contact them to organize a meeting with their agents/distributors in your country or to fix a virtual meeting. Fratelli Bonfanti, la storia di una famiglia legata ai bottoni di alta artigianalità realizzati in Italia con passione, generazione dopo generazione. Quella del bottonificio Fratelli Bonfanti è una storia di una famiglia dedita alla creazione di preziosi bottoni e di raffinate fibbie, che ha avuto inizio nel primo dopoguerra a Torino. La Fratelli Bonfanti è oggi un punto di riferimento per bottoni che raccontano del design e dell’artigianalità portando il “Made in Italy”, anche oltre i confini nazionali, nei migliori negozi di merceria e negli atelier di creazione moda nel mondo. I bottoni della Fratelli Bonfanti sono studiati e realizzati interamente in Italia per i migliori negozi al dettaglio del mondo. Da San Francisco a New York, da Londra a Parigi, da Berlino a Roma, da San Pietroburgo a Osaka i bottoni Bonfanti impreziosiscono le migliori mercerie, negozi di lane, di tessuti e di hobbistica nel mondo. Dove c’è creatività, passione e moda ci sono i bottoni Bonfanti. I bottoni Bonfanti sono un dettaglio essenziale, per questo vengono scelti da designer, sarti, stilisti emergenti, ma anche da prestigiosi nomi della moda, in Italia e nel mondo. La Fratelli Bonfanti, grazie alla sua flessibilità e competenza nella produzione di bottoni, ha infatti la capacità di studiare e proporre sempre nuove soluzioni per ogni richiesta. La Fratelli Bonfanti vende i suoi bottoni nel mondo, grazie a una fitta rete di agenti e distributori, ma anche partecipando alle migliori fiere del settore. Possono essere contattati per organizzare una visita di un loro agente/distributore di zona o per fissare un incontro virtuale.
Nestled in the heart of the Apulian countryside, among the green foliage of two thousand and four hundred olive trees, Mazzarelli Creative Resort is a 5-star Boutique Hotel ideal for those who choose to spend a refined holiday dedicated to relaxation and Made in Italy excellence. A Creative Resort was born from the experience of the Mazzarelli shirt factory. That of the Mazzarelli is a story that moves on the thread of passion. A story that has its roots in knowledge and experience, handed down from generation to generation. It is the story of a family that sees Domenico at the helm with his wife Tonia and his daughters Monica and Mariangela. Puglia is the place where everything starts, this is where this beautiful, long and positive story begins. A lively region, rich in beauty and culture, a region that knows how to preserve the knowledge of the past but which also knows how to look to the future. It is precisely in Puglia that Mazzarelli decides to give birth to a new story, a new bet: a manor house from the end of the 19th century is transformed into a welcoming accommodation facility, designed for those who choose to visit Puglia in all its beauty and immerse themselves in the fascinating reality of a historic company, which produces Made in Italy tailoring products of excellence. Mazzarelli Creative Resort was born from this idea, a 5-star resort in Polignano a Mare surrounded by over 2400 olive trees in a 20-hectare countryside. The tailor's room is a magical place steeped in history and tradition. Here you can live a personalized and unique tailoring experience by requesting your garment: an exclusive Mazzarelli tailored shirt made by hand with fine fabrics in cotton, wool or linen. Dall'esperienza della camiceria Mazzarelli nasce un Creative Resort. Quella dei Mazzarelli è una storia che si muove sul filo della passione. Una storia che affonda le sue radici nella conoscenza e nell’esperienza, tramandate da generazione in generazione. È la storia di una famiglia che vede al timone Domenico con sua moglie Tonia e le sue figlie Monica e Mariangela. La Puglia è il luogo in cui tutto nasce, è da qui che inizia questa storia bella, lunga e positiva. Una regione viva, ricca di bellezza e di cultura, una regione che sa custodire il sapere del passato ma che sa anche guardare al futuro. Proprio in Puglia Mazzarelli decide di far nascere una nuova storia, una nuova scommessa: una villa padronale di fine ‘800 si trasforma in un’accogliente struttura ricettiva, pensata per chi sceglie di visitare la Puglia in tutta la sua bellezza e di immergersi nell’affascinante realtà di un’azienda storica, che produce prodotti sartoriali Made in Italy di eccellenza. Da questa idea nasce Mazzarelli Creative Resort, un resort 5 stelle a Polignano a Mare circondato da oltre 2400 alberi di ulivo in un agro di 20 ettari.
Rifò-Lab, is a socially responsible brand of clothes. They produce high-quality winter garments, made with recycled cashmere wool and cotton and made in Italy (In Prato). Rifò was founded on the principles of ethics, sustainability and respect. In this regard, they have created the project #2loveprato which finances three social initiatives which has been helping Prato and its surroundings for years. Their aim is to socially link the production to its territory. Rifò is the made in Italy 3.0! A high-quality product which is environmentally and socially responsible! The fact that they always choose new limits to overcome and new challenges, in order to produce garments made respecting traditions, through sustainable materials and finally, trying to give something back to the community where they were born, makes the Rifò a sustainable fashion brand. Sustainability and fashion are two opposite words at first sight, since one refers by definition to lasting concepts, while the other refers to a temporary and constantly changing idea. This explains why they are very careful during the design phase, which also has to be sustainable. Rifò wants to create clothes that are versatile and qualitative, enhancing the details to make them unique. They are against programmed obsolescence, especially in the fashion industry. That is why when they launch a new product, they put it on pre-sale in order to understand the market demands and avoid overproduction. Producing small quantities also allows them to control the production chain, as well as its quality. Furthermore, this way they are able to listen to people and understand their needs, taking them into consideration during production. The pre-sale system allows them to create a sustainable clothing collection, looking up to our territory and the people who work there. Establishing a circular economy process is not enough to solve the issue of overproduction. If production exceeds demand, there will always be an unsold quantity that could turn into a massive amount of waste. According to Rifò, a sustainable circular production must also be ecological, simple and fast, including a small stock that meets the real needs of customers. Rifò thinks that the solution lies in recycling of clothes that otherwise would end up in a landfill or incinerator, transforming them into new resources. But that's not enough. According to them, sustainable fashion has to be emotional. Meaning, that there is a value attached to what we wear: don't forget it, don't waste it, try to repair it, readjust it to a different use. When repairing is no longer possible, then we can recycle the garment to give it a new life, a new meaning. The fashion industry has reached a saturation point, due to two main problems, overproduction and over-consumption. We produce much more than what we really buy, and we consume much more than we actually need. This system is no longer sustainable because it leads us to consume resources without producing something actually useful. Besides, it is no longer ethical because we do not know how and who makes the clothes we buy.
Koopera es un grupo de cooperativas de iniciativa social y empresas de inserción. Su principal objetivo es la lucha contra la exclusión social y la inserción sociolaboral de personas en situación de riesgo y de exclusión social, mediante actividades principalmente en defensa del medio ambiente. Se enfocan en cinco áreas de acción que son: servicios ambientales, consumo sostenible en sus 16 tiendas, recuperación y reciclaje, inclusión sociolaboral y cuidado de personas. Koopera también desarrolla acciones de formación en diferentes sectores profesionales tales como Comercio y Marketing, Seguridad y Medioambiente y Servicios Socioculturales y a la Comunidad, dirigidas a personas en riesgo de exclusión social. Estas personas reciben un acompañamiento personalizado, el cual potencia las habilidades blandas de la persona y aumenta sus oportunidades de inserción sociolaboral. Tras la actividad formativa, Koopera propone una experiencia práctica profesional no laboral en una de sus empresas colaboradoras, pudiéndose obtener una oferta de empleo al finalizarlas. Sea cual sea la resolución de las prácticas, estas personas formarán parte de una bolsa de empleo, la cual se tendrá en cuenta para futuras opciones laborales. Los valores de Koopera emanan de la voluntad de disponer la economía al servicio de las personas y aceptan y complementan los de la Economía Solidaria y los Principios Cooperativos. Es posible colaborar con Koopera, depositando tu ropa, juguetes, libros, aparatos eléctricos, etc., que ya no necesitas, en el contenedor Cáritas Koopera más cercano; consumiendo sosteniblemente en las tiendas Koopera Store; contratando sus Servicios Ambientales; utilizando sis Servicios de Cuidado de Personas; acudiendo al Centro Formativo Koopera Social Training; y entrando a formar parte del Club Koopera.
Talarico Cravatte via dei coronari 51 00186 roma Cravatte sartoriali, Foulard, sciapre, pochette MAURIZIO TALARICO Fin da piccolo è cresciuto con il culto della cravatta. Nel 1999 non trovando più chi producesse cravatte con le esigenze ed i requisiti di un tempo, ha deciso di mettersi a produrre in proprio fondando la Talarico Cravatte in Roma. In pochi anni investendo nella qualità artigianale sia dei manufatti sia nella selezione dei tessuti pregiati e certificati di provenienza italiana, è riuscito a trasformare la sua boutique in un punto di riferimento internazionale per l’eleganza maschile. Le sue cravatte hanno cinto e i cingono il collo dei Presidenti della Repubblica Italiana: Cossiga, Ciampi, Napolitano, Mattarella e dei Presidenti del Consiglio dei Ministri: Prodi, Berlusconi Monti, Renzi, Gentiloni e Conte. Talarico Ties via dei coronari 51 00186 rome Tailored ties, foulards, scarves, clutches MAURIZIO TALARICO. From an early age he grew up with the cult of the tie. In 1999, no longer finding those who produced ties with the needs and requirements of the past, he decided to start producing on his own, founding Talarico Cravatte in Rome. In a few years, by investing in the artisanal quality of both the products and the selection of fine and certified fabrics of Italian origin, he was able to transform his boutique into an international reference point for men's elegance. His ties have encircled and encircle the necks of the Presidents of the Italian Republic: Cossiga, Ciampi, Napolitano, Mattarella and the Presidents of the Council of Ministers: Prodi, Berlusconi Monti, Renzi, Gentiloni and Conte.
Marco Bazzali e Tiziana Martini, con maturata esperienza nel campo della lavorazione dei filati, si sono visti uniti nel grande entusiasmo per la produzione di qualità, l'innovazione e la creatività. Dopo non poche riflessioni, hanno deciso di prendere il rischio di instituire una società tutta loro, Maglieria MaTis' srl, inaugurando il 4 novembre 2012. Contestualmente hanno creato il loro brand Matì Matì. Maglieria MaTis' srl realizza capi in cashmere, seta, lino, lana Merinos, 100 % made in Italy. Produce per piccole grandi forniture. Matì Matì vende le proprie creazioni a privati e rivenditori. Poco tempo è passato, ma i risultati e riconoscimenti ottenuti presso le aziende committenti, hanno dato, con orgoglio, conferma della loro professionalità e serietà. In continua evoluzione, Maglieria MaTi's, cresce con grande entusiasmo. Marco Bazzali and Tiziana Martini, with matured experience in the field of yarn processing, were united in the great enthusiasm for quality production, innovation and creativity. After not a few reflections, they decided to take the risk of setting up their own company, Maglieria MaTis' srl, inaugurating on November 4th 2012. At the same time they created their brand Matì Matì. Maglieria MaTis' srl manufactures garments in cashmere, silk, linen, Merinos wool, 100% made in Italy. It produces for small large supplies. Matì Matì sells its creations to individuals and retailers. Little time has passed, but the results and accolades obtained from the client companies, they proudly confirmed their professionalism and seriousness. In continuous evolution, Maglieria MaTi's grows with great enthusiasm.
The BATNA collective - Best Alternative To Nude Attitude - was born in Turin in 2011 from the idea of some recent graduate students at the Accademia Albertina di Belle Arti. The first years of activity saw them approach the world of fashion, full of dreams and energy, alongside the design and production of prét-a-portér and haute couture garments a further artistic research that finds expression in the production of fashion films and fashion performances. Their skills and expertise range from tailoring, fashion and shoe design to video art, photography, set and costume design. This diversity allows them to use the catwalk as a showcase through the use of performance. Through this, the concept of the fashion show expands to include the art of performance, a creative act that responds to the need to go beyond fashion and to work creatively, in parallel with conceptual art as well as through the collections. Numerous and successful are the events organized in Turin underground as well as collaborations with performative artists active in our city, between 2011 and 2016. In 2017, a deep reflection on their goals brings them to a turning point: the thought of moving the focus and starting to imagine a line of clothing designed for those who work. Practically the opposite of the idea of the single garment, artistically full of meaning but not wearable in everyday life, which until then we had created. The idea is to make clothing in the most radical sense of the term by designing and packaging garments to wear all day and every day. The concepts of uniform and uniform excite and inspire us from the first moment and so in January 2017 BATNA launches its new work-wear line, created to meet the needs of all those companies that plan to use uniforms, aprons or accessories.
Panini Tessuti è un’azienda a conduzione familiare che, dal 1987, offre alla clientela un servizio di consulenza personalizzata e i tessuti più adatti per la realizzazione di capi d'abbigliamento o per l’arredamento d’interni per ciò che riguarda tende, tendaggi e complementi d’arredo. Da trent'anni a Modena questo negozio è sinonimo di esperienza, qualità e innovazione nella vendita di tessuti e tendaggi. Panini Tessuti conta un punto vendita di 500 metri quadri a Modena e un sito online con spedizione a tutta Italia. La ditta è specializzata in tessuti d’abbigliamento esclusivi e alla moda, tessuti d’arredamento, tende, biancheria per la casa e coordinati, merceria, filati, passamaneria e articoli bimbi. Questo negozio è sempre al passo con i tempi e le ultime tendenze, è per questo che sul sito si possono trovare altri strumenti digitali per chi vuole imparare a fare delle proprie creazioni come un dizionario dei tessuti, tutorial fai da te e tante altre idee che servono d'inspirazione. Dal 2018, su richiesta di diverse clienti, ha aperto la sala corsi attrezzata, dedicata alla sartoria, alla maglia, all’uncinetto e ai vari corsi creativi. Grazie alla formazione specializzata del proprio personale, è possibile ricevere tutti i consigli necessari prima di effettuare l'acquisto, in modo che ogni cliente possa ricevere gli articoli appropriati per il lavoro che desidera eseguire. Sul sito si possono trovare le diverse modalità di contatto disponibile. Da Panini Tessuti è possibile acquistare preventivi al dettaglio, all'ingrosso e personalizzati, sia in negozio che online. Panini Tessuti, infine, confeziona anche Tende e Tendaggi su misura con tessuti ignifughi certificati, indispensabili in ambienti come Scuole, Pubbliche Amministrazioni, Hotel, Bed & Breakfast.
María Escoté es una diseñadora catalana, nacida en Barcelona en 1979. Su interés por la moda viene de tradición familiar, por lo que comenzó a trabajar en el sector desde los 19 años. En el 2005 se graduó de Diseño en la Escuela Superior de Diseño y Moda en Barcelona, también realizó un curso de Dibujo de Moda en la Central Saint Martins de Londres. La principal característica de su marca es el uso del color en todas sus posibilidades. Sus diseños son considerados como energéticos y atrevidos que buscan exaltar la juventud de quienes lo usan. Luego de finalizar sus estudios, en donde obtuvo el tercer premio de su promoción, lanzó su marca en el 2006 con una colección que llamó “Excéntricos” en el "Moda FAD" de Barcelona. Posteriormente, desfiló en el Ego de Cibeles y en la Faashion Week de Madrid, lo que ha permitido hacer crecer su marca y convertirse en una de las diseñadoras españolas con una fuerte presencia internacional. María Escoté es también una pionera de la venta online, haciendo posible que sus prendas sean conocidas más allá del territorio español, incluyendo celebridades de distintas nacionalidades. Entre las famosas que han vestido sus prendas se encuentran Katy Perry, quien llevo uno de sus diseños en los premios EMA en 2013, Beyoncé, quien lució un vestido rojo con botas altas del mismo material, y Rosalía, que llevó un diseño Escoté en la grabación del video Malamente, y otro en los premios EMA 2018. Desde 2018, María Escoté trabaja como jueza en el programa televisivo de talentos Maestros de la costura que es transmitido por TVE. En 2020 lanzó su primera colaboración con la marca Desigual, oportunidad que se repite en 2021, y que suma la colaboración con la actriz Milena Smit como imagen de la campaña, con la que lanza su colección Wonder Woman. Los diseños de Escoté se pueden encontrar en las tiendas Desigual y en su tienda online, accesibles tanto en España como a nivel internacional.
Lorenzo Caprile Trucchi nació en Madrid en 1967. Es un reconocido modista y diseñador de ropa español. La primera colección de su firma la presentó en Madrid en 1993. Caprile realizó estudios en el Fashion Institute of Technology de Nueva York y en el Politécnico Internacional de la Moda de Florencia en Italia. Ciudad en la que también realizó estudios en Lengua y Literatura Española en la Universidad de Florencia. Comenzó su carrera profesional en 1986 trabajando para distintas firmas de moda italiana como Ratti, Pino Lancetti, Gruppo Finanziario Tessile de Turín y, otras firmas españolas como Cadena y Lienzo de los Gazules. No es sino hasta 1993 que este modista, admirador de Manuel Pertegaz, abre su taller en el barrio de Salamanca en Madrid, en el que se especializa en moda nupcial y de ceremonia. La principal característica de su firma es que conserva un estilo elegante y clásico en cada uno de sus diseños. A lo largo de su carrera, Caprile ha tenido la oportunidad de vestir a importantes personalidades españolas e internacionales. Uno de sus vestidos más importantes es el traje de novia de la infanta Cristina, hija de los reyes Juan Carlos I y Sofía. Así como el impresionante vestido rojo que vistió la actual Reina de España, Letizia Ortiz, en la boda de Mary y Federico de Dinamarca. En 2012, Caprile se une como figurinista de la Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico de España y ha diseñado vestuarios para teatro, opera, danza y cine. En 2014 le otorgaron el Premio Ciudad de Alcalá de las Artes y las Letras y en 2016 recibió la Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes que concede el ministerio de Cultura. Desde 2018 participa como jurado en el programa de talentos Maestros de la costura de TVE.
My name is Glorymar Hernandez, but I prefer to be called “Glory”. I was born in the capital of Venezuela, Caracas, and grew up amid the crowds of the city, the tranquility of the Andean mountains and the joy of the Caribbean coast. A mixture that has taught me to enjoy wherever I am, that aroused my curiosity to know the world, and that has helped me to adapt, with relative ease, to changes. I have a degree in Philosophy, my research works are in Philosophy of Language. Since 2019 I have been working as a Spanish teacher. I decided to start teaching my mother tongue thanks to my experience learning other languages. I had the opportunity to live for a year in Ireland, where I went to learn English and, currently, I am in Italy, where I have had the opportunity to learn Italian. These experiences allowed me to realize that, although seeking perfection when trying to “speak like a native” is the ideal, what really matters is being able to communicate, make ourselves understood and be open to the experience of knowing other cultures and understand that there are many different points of view. Professionally, I have had the opportunity to work in different contexts such as banking, outsourcing consular procedures, and teaching at university level. The biggest lesson I learned from these experiences is that I am not an office person. I prefer to own my time and have the freedom to work wherever I am. For this reason, I have decided to dedicate myself to teaching Spanish online and to enter the digital world. I consider myself a very curious and versatile person, that is why in my free time I enjoy handcrafting (such as sewing or knitting), volunteering, being in contact with nature, and trying to learn new things, like playing the guitar. Regarding my geographical preferences, the beach and the mountains are my main refuges, because I can escape from the noise of the city and connect with myself. That is why I would like to be able to live with my husband on a mountain, not far from the sea.
My name is Luis Guillermo Castro Martin. I am a philosopher specialized in philosophy of mind and language. In particular, I am interested in the nature of consciousness, and the way in which we experience and interpret the world. I started my studies at the Central University of Venezuela in 2006, where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy (2011) and a master’s degree in logic and philosophy of science (2015). In 2012, the university offered me a position as a professor of philosophy and I taught several courses there until 2017, when I enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Genoa, Italy. I have also published several papers in philosophy journals and participated in various international events. In 2020, while writing my PhD thesis, I realized that I had been immersed in philosophy for too long and decided to use my experience to rejoin the real world. In my years studying philosophy, I have learned many things, but the most important is that the world is what we make of it, there is no ultimate truth, no final word. We create our reality. Knowledge has somehow separated us from others and nature, perhaps it can also reunite us. Although I was born in Venezuela, my family is a blending of different nationalities and traditions. I have lived and studied in different countries, which are all part of who I am and what I want to be. My actions define me, not my nationality or my origins. I do not believe in borders or limits; they are only in our minds. The sensation of not belonging can be liberating, once we realize that, by not belonging somewhere, we belong everywhere. I speak three languages (Spanish, English, and Italian) and I enjoy learning from other cultures, as well as transmitting the values of my own. I also enjoy music, sports and nature. I am the author of “Fragments of Mind” on Substack. A space for thinking outside the box, while discussing philosophical matters.
Moglie, madre, nonna, Paola Thaon di Revel ama i fiori e la natura. L'eredità è il suo background. È cresciuta in una famiglia dove la disciplina militare era un dato di fatto, così come la voglia di divertirsi. Sei sorelle e un fratello, in una grande villa chiamata “Cimena”, dove molti sono venuti in visita: da Umberto I, agli americani colti, ai vicini Bruni Tedeschi sulla stessa collina. Una vita dedicata al marito, Franco Reviglio e ai tre figli con tanti spostamenti e viaggi, in tutto il mondo. Oggi, i sette nipoti e la casa di campagna, regalano giornate intensamente soddisfacenti. Wife, mother, grandmother, Paola Thaon di Revel loves flowers and nature. Heritage is her background. She grew up in a family where military discipline was a given, as well as the desire to have fun. Six sisters and one brother, in a large villa called “Cimena”, and everyone came to visit: from Umberto I, to educated Americans, to the Bruni Tedeschi neighbours on the same hill. A life dedicated to her husband, Franco Reviglio and the three children with many moves and travels, all over the world. Today, the seven grandchildren and country house, make for intensely satisfying days.
Die GLS Bank ist in Deutschland die Refernz für sozial und ökologisches Banking. Wer bei der GLS Bank Kunde ist, kann sich sicher sein, dass sein Geld dazu beiträgt die Zukunft zu gestalten, die wir uns alle wüsnchen. Investitionen gehen in eigens sehr strickt aufgelegte Fonds welche das 1.5°C Ziel bereits erfüllen. Keine Kinderarbeit, keine Waffen, kein Genforschung oder andere negativ Themen - sondern erneuerbare Energien, Soziales und Kultur, ökologische Landwirtschaft, Ernährung, nachhaltige Wirtschaft und weitere positiv beitragende Vorhaben werden ausschließlich unterstützt. Als Kunde bei der Bank trägt man dazu bei, dass ausschließlich diese positiven Projekte gefördert werden. Der strickte Zuspruch zu sozial und ökologischen Projekten wird bei allen Produkten, die ein Kunde von seiner Bank kennt (Baugredite, Firmenkredite, Altersovrsorge, Anlagen, Investitionen etc) unabweichlich eingehalten. Privatpersonen, Firmen und Vereine werden darüber hinaus aktiv unterstützt ihrn eigenen Impact zu verbessern. Die GLS Bank ist eine Universal-Bank, bei welcher man nahezu alle Finanzdienstleistungen in Anspruch nehmen kann - jedoch immer unter einer strickten sozial, ökologischen und nachhaltigen Perspektive. Die Bank ist überwiegend in Deutschland tätig. Es können alle Dienste online wahrgenommen werden und es gibt mehrere Filialen für den persönlichen Besuch. Desweiteren besticht die Bank durch Ihre Rechtsform, die Genossenschaft. Die mitgleiderbestimmte Gesellschaftsform ist darauf gegründet in Gemeinschaft einen gesellschaftlich positiven Beitrag zu leisten. Mit der GLS Bank gibt es keinen Bedarf mehr als Privatperson sowie Firma bei einer konventionellen Bank zu sein und indirekt Umweltvernichtende Projekte zu unterstützen. Die GLS Bank bietet den vollumassenden Banken-Service mit reinem und ehrlichem guten Gewissen. Klimaschutz kann so einfach sein: Werde jetzt Mitglied bei der GLS Bank. The GLS Bank is the reference for social and ecological banking in Germany. Anyone who is a customer of GLS Bank can be sure that their money will help shape the future that we all want. Investments are made in specially designed funds that already meet the 1.5 ° C target. No child labor, no weapons, no genetic research or other negative topics - only renewable energies, social affairs and culture, ecological agriculture, nutrition, sustainable economy and other positively contributing projects are exclusively supported. As a customer at the bank, you help ensure that only these positive projects are funded. The strict encouragement to social and ecological projects is inevitably complied with for all products that a customer knows from their bank (building loans, corporate loans, old-age provision, systems, investments, etc.). Private individuals, companies and associations are also actively supported to improve their own impact. The GLS Bank is a universal bank, where you can take advantage of almost all financial services - but always under a strict social, ecological and sustainable perspective. The bank operates predominantly in Germany. All services can be used online and there are several branches for personal visits. Furthermore, the bank impresses with its legal form, the cooperative. The member-determined form of society is based on making a socially positive contribution in community. With the GLS Bank, there is no longer any need to be a private person or company with a conventional bank and indirectly support environmentally damaging projects. GLS Bank offers the full banking service with a clear and honest good conscience. Climate protection can be so easy: become a member of GLS Bank now.
Hans-Juergen Wiegand is a man who lives his work passions and family, with determination. A philanthropist, who has held important positions in the chemical and automotive world, in particular with Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz). He loves to travel, attaining knowledge and experience from different cultures. These experiences have shaped him, with a particular acumen in recognizing the best in human beings. Hans thrives on helping young people, to realize their dreams, as he has realized his own. Hans is an inspirational leader, with the competence to restructure and transform organizations. He is very flexible with people, and stands like a rock when it comes to principles. Whatever happens, he will always stay positive.
Since 1913 Prada has been synonymous with avant-garde style. His intellectual universe unites concept, structure and image, through codes that transcend trends. Her fashion transcends the product: it is the translation of the conceptual into a universe that becomes a point of reference for those who love to experiment, challenging conventions. With its innovative approach, which draws inspiration from an unconventional observation of society, Prada elaborates languages that go beyond trends. Style statements that arise from the passionate investigation even of areas apparently far from fashion, such as art, cinema and photography, and result in creations that reinterpret reality starting from unprecedented points of view. The aesthetic codes of the brand, free from conceptual foreclosures and the stringent constraint of stylistic cohesion, have influenced generations of creatives with manifestos of cultural emancipation that intertwine the broadest spheres of life. Prada fashion extends beyond products: it is the transposition of ideas and ideals on clothes and accessories, which become tools for bold self-expression. Miuccia Prada, with her work, does not give up on challenging the pre-established patterns of aesthetics. Prada is an expression of society, society changes, Prada evolves accordingly. The simple and the classic are deliberately distorted and reexamined, in the constant search for new perspectives. An avant-garde laboratory that makes instinct and cultural propensity its values. The conceptual is the expressive form of Prada, an intellectual commitment to the reinterpretation of good taste. In each collection the shared aesthetic canons are reviewed, through an unusual perspective and at the same time the new products challenge material processes with technology and know-how.
The Dolce & Gabbana Group (hereinafter also referred to as “Dolce & Gabbana”, the “Group” or the ”Company”), established in 1985 from the creativity of its two founding members, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, is one of the leading international companies in the luxury goods sector to have experienced continuous growth over the years, becoming a recognised and influential company in the world of luxury brands. The Group’s mission is to design, produce and distribute high-end clothing, leather goods, footwear and accessories under the Dolce & Gabbana brand, as well as manage, through its licensees, the production and distribution of the fragrances, make-up, eyewear, timepieces and jewels lines. The Group’s strength is based on the complementarity between the designers-entrepreneurs, the management and the rest of the organisational structure. Dolce & Gabbana, in its constant endeavour to conform to ethically exemplary conduct and in compliance with legal rules, has deemed it necessary to formalise in a business document the set of core values and rules of conduct that guide its responsible actions in liaising with their internal and external stakeholders, in order to achieve its corporate and social mission. For Dolce & Gabbana, contrast is an endless source of stimulation and inspiration. The Contrast value generates the Harmony value which is expressed in a style that combines Luxury & Street, Tradition & Research, Creativity & Tailoring, Excess & Rigour, Dream & Reality. For Dolce & Gabbana, creativity is the essence that brings the items of clothing to life. The Creativity value ties in with the Entrepreneurship value, making it possible to create original products that express a unique style in line with market expectations.
Chiara Ferragni launched her blog, The Blonde Salad, in 2009 while attending Milan’s Bocconi University for a degree in law. Initially indicative of the “mixed salad” of interests including travel, beauty and food, the blog has since become focused on fashion. Among her style choices and inspirations, The Blonde Salad charts her collaborations with an impressive roster of design houses, including Dior, Louis Vuitton, Ermenegildo Zegna, Benetton and Mango. She was also announced as the European ambassador of Amazon Fashion and face of its Spring 2016. In 2017, Ferragni stepped up to the helm of her TBS Crew to become its president and chief executive. Ferragni’s namesake line, Chiara Ferragni Collection, started out in 2013 as a footwear line with Luisa Via Roma. It has since expanded into clothing, accessories and children’s wear and boasts four flagship stores and over 300 retail doors. The company reported 2016 revenues of €17 million ($20 million). With her blog The Blonde Salad, Chiara Ferragni has used her social media style posts to create a multi-million pound business. ‘People like my story as a self-made woman.' The daughter of a dentist and a writer, Ferragni says she knows exactly why she’s so popular. “People like my story as a self-made woman,” she says. “That’s very unusual in Italy – a lot of people of my generation don’t even have a job. I don’t really know how I did it.” Timing was definitely a factor. In 2009, she worked with her then-boyfriend, now CEO Riccardo Pozzoli, to turn a “personal space” into a business, first through banner ads and Ferragni modelling brands’ clothes in the images, with fees of about €1,000-2,000 for a post. Now, she doesn’t disclose what the fees are, but it’s safe to assume they’re significantlyhigher. And, like the whole discernible talent thing, Ferragni’s fans don’t appear to be concerned by these corporate hookups. “It has to feel natural and transparent,” she says. “For me, selection is everything, it has to be something that my followers will be happy to know about. I can’t lose my credibility – you can’t put a price on that.” To further illustrate Ferragni’s influence, the documentary Unposted, a "millennial story of making it", contains interviews with Delphine Arnault, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Diane von Furstenberg, Paris Hilton, Jeremy Scott, Silvia Venturini Fendi, Alberta Ferretti, and more fashion-world fixtures. The industry approval, the 17 million Instagram followers, the young men and women that scream and weep in her presence, and the fact that Harvard Business School used her as a social media case study cement Ferragni as one of the internet’s most valuable moguls. She’s also one of the most clever. At the film’s premiere, Italy’s Consul General to the United States introduced her to the audience, making a pointed connection. “I think that Chiara Ferragni runs deep in the historic Italian tradition of creativity. […] She combines, at the same time, a capacity to be an entrepreneur, an influencer, a producer, a designer. I think these are all features of the Italian Renaissance, to be many things together at the same time,” he said.
Giorgio Armani was born in Piacenza, Italy, and broke into the fashion industry in the sixties after a brief time in the military service. Giorgio launched his career as a window dresser and in 1964, with an in-depth knowledge of fabric and design, he was taken on as a designer for men’s clothing company, Hitman. He soon made his mark. In 1973-74, at the prestigious Sala Bianca fashion show in Florence, he presented to great acclaim bomber jackets that treated leather as a regular, everyday fabric. This penchant for using materials in unexpected contexts and combinations came to be known as a defining characteristic of his genius. In 1975, Armani and Galeotti started their own company, Giorgio Armani S.p.A., and founded the Armani label. That July, Armani launched a revolution in fashion with his unlined and unconstructed man's jacket. Completely loose and informal, the blazer offered sensual hints of the body beneath, marking a major departure from, on the one hand, the stuffy suits that straitjacketed men in the 1960s, and, on the other, the sartorial abandon of the hippie generation. The rumpled jacket was an immediate success, and a new breed of tailoring was born. Three months later, he unveiled an unstructured jacket for women. Made with traditional menswear fabrics, it was as simple and soft as the man's and bore a masculine authority. With this alternative to long, flower-child skirts and classic French tailleurs, Armani joined Paul Poiret and Coco Chanel as an emancipator of women's fashion. In 1982, Armani became the first fashion designer to appear on the cover of Time magazine since Christian Dior in the 1940s. He was one of the first designers to approach celebrities to wear his designs, beginning with then Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley in 1988. Armani also invited Hollywood stars to wear his designs at the Academy Awards, winning devotees such as Michelle Pfeiffer and Jodie Foster. Today, Armani extends his talent diversely, dressing Italian and English soccer teams and Alitalia airline flight attendants.
Gucci is one of the most renowned and influential luxury brands in the world today, a genuine global reference for fashion and accessories, and a benchmark for a modern, innovative business. Born on March 26, 1881 to a simple Italian leather goods maker, Guccio Gucci was a porter at the Savoy hotel in London when he first became enamored with the glamorous suitcases that the guests arrived with from all over the globe. Paying homage to his familiar roots, he eventually returned to his native Florence to work for Franzi, a tony luggage brand. Years later, Gucci was ready to strike out on his own, and in 1921 he opened his own eponymous leather goods store in Florence. Bag, Baggage, Hand luggage, Handbag, Still life, Luggage and bags, Beige, Fashion accessory, Suitcase, Shoulder bag, GUCCI LUGGAGE, 1930S GUCCI In the beginning, Gucci’s main business was making saddles and other accessories for horseback riders, always crafted from the finest of Italian leathers. His designs continued to gain popularity as he expanded further into the world of accessories, with English aristocrats becoming major fans of the up-and-coming label. Even today this equestrian flair can be seen in Gucci’s modern creations, including the beloved horse-bit detail, and the red and green woven stripe, inspired by saddle details. Guccio enlisted his three sons—Aldo, Vasco, and Rodolfo—to join the business in 1938, and they were tasked with expanding the brand’s presence, bringing Gucci to Rome and eventually Milan, in later years. Leather was hard to come by in the mid-1930s, because of sanctions against Italy, so Gucci began experimenting with alternative textiles. This led to the very first signature Gucci print: small interconnected diamonds in dark brown, woven into a tan hemp fabric. The iconic Bamboo Bag was born under similar circumstances in 1947; Gucci artisans were scrambling to find materials towards the end of World War II and discovered that they could use Japanese bamboo to craft unique bag handles. Treated with a unique and patented method, these burnished bamboo handles became synonymous with Gucci. Today, Gucci is striving to redefine Luxury for the 21st century, an ambition that since 2015 has been led by the tandem of the brand’s Creative Director, Alessandro Michele, and its CEO, Marco Bizzarri. Colorful, romantic, poetic and magical, Michele’s unique vision has met with immense critical acclaim while also creating an authentic emotional bond with younger customers.
Zara was founded by Amancio Ortega and Rosalía Mera in 1975 as a family business in downtown Galicia in the northern part of Spain. Its first store featured low-priced lookalike products of popular, higher-end clothing and fashion. Amancio Ortega named Zara as such because his preferred name Zorba was already taken. In the next decades, Zara began aggressively expanding into global markets, which included Portugal, New York (USA), Paris (France), Mexico, Greece, Belgium, Sweden, Malta, Cyprus, Norway and Israel. Today, there is hardly a developed country without a Zara store. Zara now has 2,264 stores strategically located in leading cities across 96 countries. It is no surprise that Zara, which started off as a small store in Spain, is now the world’s largest fast fashion retailer and is the flagship brand of Inditex. Its founder, Amancio Ortega, is the sixth-richest man in the world according to Forbes magazine. Today, Inditex is the world’s largest fashion group with more than 174,000 employees operating more than 7,400 stores in 202 markets worldwide, including 49 online markets. The secret to Zara’s success has largely being driven by its ability to keep up with rapidly changing fashion trends and showcase it in its collections with very little delay. From the very beginning, Zara found a significant gap in the market that few clothing brands had effectively addressed. This was to keep pace with the latest fashion trends, but offer clothing collections that are a combination of high quality and yet, are affordable. The brand keeps a close watch on how fashion is changing and evolving every day across the world. Based on latest styles and trends, it creates new designs and puts them into stores in a week or two. In stark comparison, most other fashion brands would take close to six months to get new designs and collections into the market. Zara’s unrelenting focus on the customer is at the core of the brand’s success and the heights it has achieved today. There was a fascinating story around how Zara co-creates its products, leveraging its customers’ input. In 2015, a lady named Miko walked into a Zara store in Tokyo and asked the store assistant for a pink scarf, but the store did not have any pink scarves. The same happened almost simultaneously for Michelle in Toronto, Elaine in San Francisco, and Giselle in Frankfurt, who all walked into Zara stores and asked for pink scarves. They all left the stores without any scarves – an experience many other Zara fans encountered globally in different Zara stores over the next few days. 7 days later, more than 2,000 Zara stores globally started selling pink scarves. 500,000 pink scarves were dispatched – to be exact. They sold out in 3 days.
Kappa is an Italian high quality sportswear brand founded in Turin, Piedmont, Italy. Kappa was founded in Turin, Italy, in 1978, by Marco Boglione, as a sportswear branch of the already existing "Robe di Kappa". Founded as a sock and underwear brand in the Italian city of Turin in 1916, Kappa quickly became the “chavy” sportswear brand we know today. Robe Di Kappa was born out of the concept of casual wear that the student’s movement brought at the end of the late ’60s. The sexualised promotional material for Kappa’s notorious Jesus Jeans caused great outrage within the deeply religious country. Resulting in a court judge ordering the removal of hundreds of “religiously offensive” Kappa posters in 1973. Unsurprisingly, this controversy resulted in a great spike in interest towards the brand, by the fashion-conscious and young Europeans Maurizio Vitale, owner of Robe di Kappa, became the first person in Italy to sponsor a football team within 1979, beginning Kappa’s association with varying sports across the globe. Jason Fairclough explains, in an interview with Dazed, that Kappa first appeared in the UK during the early ’80s as Liverpool fans would bring back “French and Italian luxury sportswear brands like trophies from their European Cup away leg”. Sports sponsorships have been abundant for Kappa, with the likes of A.C. Milan, Barcelona and Red Star Belgrade football teams all repping the brand, whilst Juventus won their third Champions League final in 1996 wearing Kappa. It is not just football, however, that Kappa is associated with. In 2000 the brand partnered with the Italian Rugby Federation, 2003 resulted in a deal with Danish female rowing team ‘Guld 4’eren' and in 2016 Kappa was a major partner for sports in France, including Football, Basketball, Rugby and Handball. This emphasises the brand’s applicable diversity among its current consumers of the brand and supporters of the teams.
In 1965 the Benetton, three brothers and a sister, opened their first store in Belluno and three years after in Paris. The company's core business consists of clothing brands United Colors of Benetton and Sisley. Benetton was an iconic brand in the 1980s and 1990s United Colors of Benetton is a clothing brand renowned worldwide for its colors, knitwear expertise and social commitment. A blend of Italian style and global research, UCB collections present on trend, quality outfits, in the respect of the environment and with the goal of creating a brighter future for all humans. Benetton's remarkable success story starts way back in 1965 at Castrette in the Province of Treviso. The firm gradually began gaining larger and larger shares of the market in the knitwear sector thanks to its highly original ideas and strategies. Instead of using coloured yarn, for instance, plain wool was employed and the finished knit-wear items were then dyed according to fashion trends, thus permitting to quickly replenish retail outlet assortments. The first trade-mark was designed by Franco Giacometti in 1971. It was a clever rendition of the texture of a special fabric called "folpetto" or "polipetto" ("octopussy") for the local dialect, with original lettering. In 2012, Benetton Group was delisted from the stock exchange and is now a fully owned subsidiary of the Benetton family company Edizione holding. ... As of 2020, United Colors of Benetton has 1,500 employees and uses 25,000 workers through subcontractors. Benetton Group has been ranked by Greenpeace as one of the world's most sustainable companies, thanks to its global commitment to protecting the environment, product safety, and transparency of supply chain information. Today Benetton Group is one of the best-known fashion companies in the world, present in the most imortant markets in the world with a network of about 5,000 stores.
Brunello Cucinelli was born into a peasant family in Castel Rigone, a 15th century little hamlet nearby Perugia, in 1953. He was blessed from the very beginning with an innovative, intuition: coloured cashmere knitwear for women. The market, above all the German-speaking one, showed a huge interest and appreciation for this unprecedented proposition, and this allowed my company to quickly emerge. All that followed is a success story that in 2012 prompted me to list my company on the Milan Stock Exchange. It was an unforgettable and exciting success. Almost drawing inspiration from the romantic hero by Antoine de Saint- Éxupery, the Little Prince, he presented his proposals without focusing on economic figures or formulas, but talking about people, the dignity of work, the ancient heritage, the ideals. Today the history of cashmere passes through the workshops in Solomeo, where since 1978 Brunello Cucinelli’s intuition has bestowed upon this yarn a new appeal and modern colours. "Today, the Brunello Cucinelli company identifies its truest meaning and aesthetic research in manual work and craftsmanship. These are the most authentic expressions of people’s humanity and creativity, and they are essential to us. Italian manual skills and craftsmanship shine through in the beauty of our products, in our heritage, in our identity." For these purposes, the School of Arts and Crafts was established in the hamlet of Solomeo, a place whose aim is to rediscover and enhance old crafts, passing them down through generations.
Fashion designer Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani was born on May 11, 1932, in Voghera, Lombardy, Italy. He began working in the fashion industry at a young age, apprenticing under local designers, including his aunt Rosa. His formal training took place in Paris, at the École des Beaux-Arts and the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Valentino got his professional start as an apprentice, working in the salons of Jean Dessès and Guy Laroche. Valentino left Paris in 1959 to open a fashion house in Rome. He modelled his business on the grand houses he had seen in Paris. In his early shows, Valentino quickly gained recognition for his red dresses, in a shade that became widely known as "Valentino red." In 1960, Valentino met Giancarlo Giammetti in Rome. Giammetti, an architecture student, quickly became Valentino's partner, both professionally and romantically. Together, the pair developed Valentino SpA into an internationally recognized brand. Valentino's international debut took place in 1962, at the Pitti Palace in Florence. The show cemented the designer's reputation and attracted the attention of socialites and aristocratic women from around the world. Within a few years, Valentino's designs were considered the pinnacle of Italian couture. In 1967, he received the prestigious Neiman Marcus Fashion Award. His client list included the Begum Aga Khan, Queen Paola of Belgium and movie stars Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. Among Valentino's most prominent clients was Jacqueline Kennedy. Kennedy developed an interest in the designer's work after admiring friends in several Valentino ensembles. In 1964, Kennedy ordered six dresses in black and white, which she wore during the year following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy. She would remain a friend and a client from that point on, linking the Valentino name to her own iconic status in the fashion world. Valentino also designed the dress that Kennedy wore when she wed Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis in 1968. While maintaining strong ties to Florence and Rome, Valentino spent much of the 1970s in New York. In addition to his friendship with Kennedy, he became close friends with artists such as Andy Warhol. Over the course of his career, Valentino's primary lines have been Valentino, Valentino Garavani, Valentino Roma and R.E.D. Valentino. In 1998, Garavani and Giammetti sold the brand to Gianni Agnelli for $300 million, after which it was sold again, this time to the Marzotto Group, at a loss. After Garavani’s retirement in 2007, the brand set up various memorial exhibits, including a virtual museum displaying his seminal works and a couture exhibit in London’s Somerset House. To this day, Garavani’s legacy lives on through his brand, by now a well-known international luxury brand, and through the media pieces done on his life, most notably "The Last Emperor," a popular documentary about his career. He has been honoured by the French Legion of Honour and has multiple other civic and design-related awards.
Ala e Davide, siamo noi la cordata di Shirin Persia, compagni nella vita e uniti in questo progetto fatto di amore, passione e rispetto per "il popolo dello zafferano". Shirin Persia non siamo solo noi: ne fanno parte anche le piccole-grandi realtà locali italiane con le quali si stanno condividendo progetti e valori. Siamo aperti a collaborazioni con produttori alimentari italiani che intendano utilizzare lo zafferano di Qa’en per impreziosire prodotti di qualità e condividere con noi sogni, valori, etica e solidarietà. Ma i veri protagonisti sono loro, i produttori dell'oro rosso di Qa'en. Il cuore della produzione mondiale dello zafferano si localizza in Iran, in particolare nella regione del Khorasan. All’interno della regione del Khorasan le produzioni in assoluto di migliore qualità di zafferano si concentrano attorno alla località di Qa’en o Qayen. Shirin Persia nasce da una mia idea, sono una ragazza iraniana, vivo in Italia, e ho deciso di trasformare in una piccola iniziativa imprenditoriale un sogno nato dalla mia tesi di laurea in ingegneria gestionale in Italia. Far conoscere ed importare qui uno dei migliori zafferani al mondo: sicuramente il più ricco di storia, quello della mia terra natale, l'Iran, e insieme ad esso... le storie di chi lo coltiva. Durante i miei studi ho potuto approfondire la realtà del mercato internazionale dello zafferano e conoscere personalmente chi lo coltiva con sacrificio nella regione del Khorasan. È nato così questo progetto che ha obbiettivi molto chiari: promuovere e vendere zafferano purissimo e della migliore qualità dalla località di Qa’en in Iran. creare una filiera corta e fare conoscere ai clienti le storie dei produttori iraniani, garantendo loro un giusto prezzo di vendita e progetti che possano aiutare lo sviluppo sostenibile della loro attività - creare sempre una maggiore conoscenza e cultura dello zafferano nei consumatori, è proprio grazie alla cultura e alla conoscenza del prodotto che si prevengono le frodi e lo sfruttamento dei produttori. promuovere il turismo responsabile e sostenibile nelle aree di produzione dello zafferano, con l'obiettivo di creare un filo diretto tra i produttori ed i consumatori fatto di conoscenza e fiducia reciproca. promuovere lo sviluppo dell'artigianato di alta qualità locale legato al mondo dello zafferano iraniano.
Taking our past into the future with Carolina Reviglio! Carolina enjoyed a carefree childhood in the Piedmont countryside. With many cousins and friends, the passion for culture was instilled from an early age. Surrounded by beauty and art in the family mansion Cimena, expertly curated by her grandmother namesake, Carolina. On the paternal side of the family, her Venetian grandmother was equally influential. The unique character and rich culture of Venice, epitomizes Carolina. While travelling often, she feels most at home, in the isles of Venice. Schooled in Italy and the United States, lived in provinces throughout the length of Italy, Carolina considers herself truly Italian, with an international vision. “My country is rich in heritage, but poor in the pocket to keep it so. It saddens me to see so many buildings in a state of disrepair.” She has honed the skills of renovation and interiors of historic buildings, since 1987. Learning by trial and error, spurned on by failure and ultimate success, Carolina has grown and prospered. Now is the time to give back. Helping artisans of all disciplines to find work and ply their trade with pride. Matching projects to professionals and vice versa. As Heritage Doyenne, Carolina’s primary contribution to this unique initiative, is to encourage the participation of Heritage Ambassadors. This cause is yet another open avenue, to take our past into the future. By intertwining culture and heritage, to create more synergy. “Only once we fully understand where we come from… and truly appreciate our heritage… can we imagine a fabulous future filled with the richness of our past. Life is ours to design!” ~ Carolina Reviglio