It's been a while since my last newsletter and I've missed you all. But now that summer is winding down, I'm ready to get back in the swing of things.
To start….HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND!!
While I am still in US (just for few more days) here's a sneak peek at my Fall collection! This year's boots are going to be so cool, I can't wait for you to see them.
A first group of products is currently presented in my Woodbury Village Atelier….go on and try them on you will not be disappointed.
September is a gorgeous month while we are all enjoying the cool weather and the sunny days we cannot forget that: FALL IS COMING!!
Labor Day is here and It’s Packed With Surprises
I normally start the newsletter with an update on Florence however since this weekend is a special one, you will find your beloved Florence update few lines below.
September is still a lovely time to be in The Hamptons, so I’ll stick around for a few more days before heading back to Florence for the new season beginning and the next collection development (Fall 2023!!).
So many reasons to be here this time of year—the weather is amazing, there are tons of events happening around town and it's just nice to be out in the water. In other words, I’m trying to push summer as much as I can in the next 72hrs!
Sadly the Hamptons Atelier is coming to an end for this season, Sunday is the closing day…needless to say once more, THANK YOU for another successful year and see you all in June 2023.
Now I have my annual trip to Italy which serves as a mind-clearing experience for me. I set up the mood board, brainstorm ideas and create. The best part is that I don’t stop until everything is ready.
If you decide to stop by Piazza de’ Pitti in Florence to say hello, contact me on Instagram or at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll step us a 1-to-1 session right away!
FLORENCE…my Bella Firenze
Are you there yet!!
OK we have never welcomed so many guests (mostly from the US) in July and August, you are all TROOPERS!! With 100 degrees under the shade you have ben able to stroll the city like the heat was none, kudos to you all!!
Likely September brings milder temperatures and a feeling of fresh starts with all that post-holiday energy buzzing and a packed events calendar keeping the city’s cultural scene ever-interesting!
It’s definitely one of the most pleasurable months to wander the streets with ideal temperatures as autumn edges closer. As you stroll about, snap your fingers to the rhythms of Firenze Jazz Festival (September 6-10 and 14-18) and fit in the renowned crafts fair, Artigianato e Palazzo at the Corsini Gardens from September 16-18.
There’s no doubt that we’re starting September in style with a host of high-caliber art shows creating excitement. Florence Art Week takes place from September 16-24, with the launch of exhibitions dedicated to Henry Moore at Museo Novecento and the much-anticipated Olafur Eliasson show at Palazzo Strozzi, putting Florence at the center of the contemporary art scene.
There will be another new arrival this month also! The five-meter-tall sculpture titled Mr Arbitrium is set to appear at the Basilica of San Lorenzo in early September. The giant monument is by Emanuele Giannelli and has already appeared in Seravezza, Pietrasanta, Milan and more. The mighty male figure will be seen to ‘push’ the church and will definitely grab attention!
Art lovers were dazzled to discover that there will be the chance to see the mosaic dome of the Baptistery of San Giovanni in piazza del Duomo up-close this autumn, with the scaffolding removed within the partially restored 12th-century "Battistero" and a special site to be constructed to commence work on restoring the mosaics, enabling an unmissable close viewing.
The russet and golden tones of vineyards are a sight to behold as the grape harvest gets in gear and with it, plenty of tastings and festivals to celebrate the season! There are many “Sagra” (food fairs) in and around Florence to be found this month, as foodies focus on enjoying the seasonal produce together.
The concept is still a huge part of Italian life. Many are dedicated to a particular saint or patron, with food the focus of these social occasions. Originating from the Latin word “Sacrare” that means ‘To Consecrate’, in ancient times they were mainly a religious event or feast to celebrate the harvest.
It’s a chance to get together with friends and family and pick up something tasty, sitting on a bench in a piazza or field with some sagre adding live music and entertainment to the mix. Those with a sweet tooth will seek out the ‘Honey Week’ in Montalcino from September 9-11, while those on the hunt for something more savory will head to the Sagra della Bistecca (steak festival) from September 1-4 in Baida al Pino, Arezzo.
Having been inspired by the delicious ingredients sampled at Sagre, get creative in the kitchen! Figs are in season feature in a variety of dishes as lovers of the velvety fruit make the most of it before it goes out of season. Historically considered a delicacy, impress guests by sourcing the famous desiccated figs from Carmignano, just outside Florence, listed as a protected product.
Alternatively, put together a traditional crostata (pie), with fig jam and sheep’s milk ricotta an unforgettable combination. Or, if you’re a fan of the classic sweet and savory combination, wrap a piece of prosciutto crudo around a fresh fig and "Buon appetito"!
See you in few days in Florence…while traveling I will show you a sneak peek front the fall collection. Some pieces have arrived also on the website, click here, while the rest is available already in Florence and Woodbury.
The most important fashion collections are the ones that make an impression not only on you but also on everyone else around you.
This season I've been inspired by my annual journeys to the Hamptons, Italy and Palm Beach. And I'm excited to tell you that this collection will be available both in my ateliers and on the website!
I have been designing leather boots, jackets, mules and sneakers, coats and blouses, and even some other surprise items.
The ready-to-wear outfits are perfect for work or play and even contain some jewelry accessories for those who want to add something extra to their outfits.
Autumn is the perfect time to wear rich colors that will match the changing nature around us....they're so richly warm, comforting, and cozy.
The collection will also include ready-to-wear outfits that can be mixed and matched with different pieces from previous collections or your own personal wardrobe.
Some outfits will be more casual while others can be dressed up for an evening out on the town!
I know you'll love this new collection as much as I do—it's just so chic! And don't worry: there's something in here for everyone, even those who aren't usually into fashion or don't think they'd feel at ease in certain silhouettes will find something they love.
We’ll always be in touch, regardless of location
Even though I'm going to be almost everywhere in the next 8 weeks, I'll still be thinking about you all and wishing you all a great Fall season hopefully in Italy.
I hope that wherever you are in the world, you're having a great end of summer and getting excited for this transition into Fall!
Now, on to the monthly tip!
Keep Your Bags Wrinkle-Free For as Long as You Want
There are a few different practices that will help you achieve this goal.
First, store your bag in an upright position when not in use. This will help the material stay flat, which will prevent wrinkles from forming.
Second, put your bag in a breathable bag after use or when you’re away for a longer period of time (e.g. traveling) — use cloth more than plastic or synthetic materials. Store it in a cool place away from heat sources like radiators or stoves that may cause stiffness and brittles.
Finally, when packing your bag for trips, leave some space open at the top so air can circulate around it, and make sure to have enough room to zip it properly.
These practices will help keep your bags looking their best no matter where they go!
Have an awesome season ahead! I will keep designing and crafting for you all..