A trip through the art and emotion of the world’s top jewellery maisons

They say that “ A piece of jewellery is often a piece of art. But it only becomes valuable when emotions are added to it.’’ Jewellery may seem like an extravagance, but to many, it’s an art form that allows wearers to express themselves. It brings to mind memories, emotions and many times helps us express feelings accompanied by our inner strength.

The word “jewellery” is derived from the Latin word ‘jocale,’ meaning “plaything,” and the word jewel, which was anglicized during the 13th century from the Old French word “jouel.” The word “jewellery” is used to describe any piece of precious material (gemstones, noble metals, etc.) used to adorn one’s self.

The article and the photo gallery look at 15 extravagant jewellery brands that offer the most exquisite pieces in the world.

 

  1. Boucheron

 

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In 2018, La Maison Boucheron celebrated 160 years of design and creation. Founded in 1858 by Frédéric Boucheron, it is the oldest jewelry Maison in Place Vendôme (26 Place Vendôme). Through the years the brand has become known for its bold, free style and eye-catching designs. Up until the 2000s—when it was acquired by the Gucci Group and subsequently, Kering—Boucheron was one of the few remaining family-owned brands.

  1. Buccellati

 

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In 1919, Mario Buccellati opened his first jewellery boutique on Largo Santa Margherita in Milan. It was born from a merger of a father and son’s brands. Buccellati is recognizable for its lace rings and necklaces along with a special form of engraving called Rigato. A Chinese company bought a controlling 85 percent share in the Italian company in 2016.

  1. Bvlgari

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“Surprise,” “innovate” and “reinvent” have been part of Bulgari’s vocabulary since it was founded in Rome in 1884 by Sotirios Voulgarise. The sexiness of its shapes, the sharpness of its lines, the sparkle of coloured stones: all are used with a purpose to blend creativity and an Italian sense of extravaganza. A good example of the Italian extravaganza theme is explored in the Festa collection, which highlights the Italian’s love for joyful celebrations. Bulgari is known for mixing precious and semi-precious stones in a way that brings its remarkable pieces to life.

  1. Cartier

 

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Founded in 1846 in Paris by Louis François Cartier, the first Cartier boutique was opened in 1859. Later, Louis-François’ son Alfred took over the business, moving it to the prestigious Rue de la Paix in the jewellery district of Paris. The panther is Cartier’s most recognizable design. The brand is known for its loyalty to its Art-Deco history, but it creates several lines that celebrate the Old-World elegance as well.

  1. Chaumet

 

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La Maison of Chaumet is one of the oldest jewellery brands in the world, founded by Marie-Etienne Nitot in 1780. He created the jewellery that would offer the aristocracy of the French Empire the necessary splendour and power. Moreover, la Maison creates precious jewellery and watch collections that reflect Parisian elegance and excellence. Chaumet is famous for its transformable high jewellery pieces and unique timepieces.

  1. Chopard

 

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The Swiss Maison of Chopard was founded in 1860 by Louis-Ulysse Chopard. In 1963, Chopard was sold to watchmaker Karl Scheufele, and his kin still own the brand to this day. La Maison’s extraordinary timepieces helped build a reputation of reliability and quality for Swiss-made products.

  1. De Beers

 

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De Beers began the search for nature’s most exquisite and magnificent prizes over 125 years ago. La Maison is known for its exceptional diamonds and  popular for its high jewellery, and calls itself  “The Jeweller of Light.” In addition to jewellery making, the De Beers Group is involved in diamond mining. Through the years, the brand has discovered a couple of legendary diamonds that have become famous such as the 203.04-carat Millenium Star.

  1. De Grisogono

 

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De Grisogono is a Swiss luxury jeweller. It was founded in Geneva, in 1993 by black diamond specialist Fawaz Gruosi. Under the brand, Gruosi makes otherworldly pieces that use bold design and unique materials mixed with bespoke craftsmanship. One of his most famous pieces, a 163.41-carat Flawless D-Colour diamond necklace, cut from the historic 404-carat diamond, known as the “Art of de Grisogono, Creation 1,” sold for a record-breaking $33.7 million in a 2017’s Christie’s sale.

  1. Garrard

 

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La Maison of Garrard is one of the oldest jewellery brands in the world. Its origins can be traced back to 1735, when master silversmith George Wicks opened a store on Panton Street in London. It was in this year that the firm received its first royal commission from Frederick, Prince of Wales. Every piece of Garrard is developed to achieve a balance between tradition and design so as to bring out the natural beauty of the stones. The result is a quintessentially British hallmark of heritage, detail and craft.

  10.Graff 

 

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Laurence Graff is the founder of Graff house in London in 1960. His fascination with the emotional power of gemstones has transformed Graff into a global hallmark of innovation, creativity and craftsmanship. What makes Graff’s collection special is not just the craftsmanship or the quality of the gemstones and metals used. Rather, it’s the size of the stones Graff uses in its jewellery line.

   11.Harry Winston

 

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Founded in New York City in 1932, by Mr. Harry Winston – an innate gemologist, an intuitive business man – the brand continues to set the standard for the ultimate in fine jewellery and high-end watchmaking. Winston was known throughout his life as the “King of Diamonds” and the “Jeweler to the Stars.” Today, La Maison continues its tradition of creativity, rarity, and quality without compromise in its retail salons around the world.

   12.Mikimoto

 

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Founded in 1893, by the pearl king, Kokichi Mikimoto. His quest for perfection and his love for these pure, lustrous gems of the sea were the guiding forces that built the Maison. Today, Mikimoto is the foremost producer of the finest quality cultured pearls and a world leader in the design of exceptional jewellery. Each piece of Mikimoto reflects the purity of the ocean and the mystery of creation.

   13. Piaget

 

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The Maison is a Swiss luxury watchmaker and jeweller. Founded in 1874 by Georges Piaget in the village of La Côte-aux-Fées, Piaget is currently a subsidiary of the Swiss Richemont group. Piaget has established itself in the world of luxury jewellery and watches by producing excellent and timeless pieces.

   14. Tiffany&Co

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Founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany in 1837, the first Tiffany & Co store opened in New York City. The brand is renowned for its luxury goods and is particularly known for its diamond and sterling silver jewellery. It markets itself as an arbiter of taste and style.

   15.Van Cleef & Arpels

 

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Founded in 1906 by Alfred Van Cleef and his uncle Salomon Arpels in Paris. La Maison has always remained faithful to the values of creation, expertise and transmission. Inspired by the Maison’s unique identity and heritage, each jewellery and watch collection tells a story with universal meaning to express a poetic view of life. Van Cleef & Arpels is mostly popular for its Alhambra motif—a classic symbol of luck, true love, health, and wealth—that’s seen in necklaces, pearls, and earrings.

 

Photo credit:

  1. Boucheron website, viewed April 2nd 2019.
  2. Buccellati  website, viewed April 2nd 2019.
  3. Bulgari website, viewed April 2nd 2019.
  4. Cartier website, viewed April 2nd 2019.
  5. Chalet website, viewed April 2nd 2019.
  6. Chopard website, viewed April 2nd 2019.
  7. De Beers website, viewed April 2nd 2019.
  8. De Grisogono website, viewed April 2nd 2019.
  9. Gerrard website, viewed April 2nd 2019.
  10. Graff website, viewed April 2nd 2019.
  11. Harry Winston website, viewed April 2nd 2019.
  12. Mikimoto website, viewed April 2nd 2019.
  13. Piaget website, viewed April 2nd 2019.
  14. Tiffany&Co website, viewed April 2nd 2019.
  15. Van Cleef & Arpels website, viewed April 2nd 2019.

Is renting the new buying ?

Who made my clothes? And how are they disposed of? These are questions we’re hearing more and more often as we talk about how  fashion harms the environment. Hence, what can we do to stop it from getting worse?

The fashion industry is the second largest polluter in the world, after oil. It’s because retailers restock collections every 4-6 weeks, enticing us to buy more and think less, leaving a huge amount of unwanted clothing to get rid of at landfill sites. Since the 20th century, apparel has progressively been seen as disposable, and it has become extremely globalised, with garments and accessories designed in one country, manufactured in another and sold worldwide. Hence, globalization makes fashion cheaper and more disposable.

Regrettably, we all know that disposable fashion is damaging the environment: 100 billion items of clothing are being produced every year and 50 per cent of fast fashion is disposed of within a year. In addition, we consume about 80 billion new pieces of clothing annually – 400% more than we were consuming just two decades ago.

Fast fashion is a term used by fashion retailers to describe it as an industry that focuses on speed and low-cost prices in order to deliver familiar new collections inspired by recent runway looks and new style trends seen on celebrities. However, fast fashion  especially awful for the environment. At the same time, luxury brands are destroying millions of dollars’ worth of apparel and perfume in order to prevent them being discounted on the secondary market which lowers their allure. Moreover, big fashion production houses that manufacture clothes for mass consumption don’t just damage the environment but also choose quantity over quality for gains.

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Of course, things are developing as the fashion industry becomes aware of its impact on our Earth. For example, many fashion brands and fashion groups have recently released their strategies for the future such as LVMH, Kering, Zara and H&M that contains a significant contribution in creating a more sustainable world and cooperating for the good of employees, suppliers and shoppers. 

Rent, Repair, Reuse, Repeat

Clothing rental could be the key to a sustainable fashion. A lifetime of fashion product is being extended as pre-owned, repaired and rental business models like Rent the Runway begin to grow. Consumers are shifting away from traditional ownership to most up to date ways in which to approach product. This shift to modern ownership models is driven by enlarging shopper desire and wish for diversity, accessibility and sustainability. Nowadays, young people lust for freshness and innovation, hence, they are more interested in sustainable apparel than older consumers. Rental, reuse and resale models expand the product lifecycle and duration of use as long as offering the freshness shopper desire.

Without a doubt, Stella McCartney is the founder of the sustainable luxury movement. The vegetarian-friendly designer stated that “each decision we make is a symbol of our commitment to defining what the future of fashion looks like. From never using leather or fur and pioneering new alternative materials to utilising cutting edge technologies, pushing towards circularity”. Other luxury players such as Richemont group have acquired rental businesses  in order to seize power of how their products and brands are marketed on the secondary market.

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Express is betting on the resale or rental market, launching “Express Style Trial,” which permits shoppers to rent up to three items at any moment for a monthly fee.

Eventually, Rental shopping could keep you on top of trends, as well as helping the environment and saving the planet in the process. Is rental fashion the future?

 

 

Photo credit:

  1. Vogue, photographed by Tim Walker. viewed February 7th 2019,. 
  2. China landfill with clothes. Migrant Workers Children Spend Childhood Scavenging Landfill, viewed February 7th 2019,. 
  3. A Stella McCartney campaign shot in a Scottish landfill site to raise awareness of waste and over-consumption. Photograph: Harley Weir and Urs Fischer for Stella McCartney, viewed February 7th 2019,. 

About me : Anna Luongo

I’m Anna Luongo and I’m 25 years old.
I was born in the south of Italy where the sea is life and pure oxygen.

DSCN4611Almost six years ago I decided to move to Milan to study at Cattolica University.
I graduated with a degree in Languages for International Relations and I had a study experience at Berkeley University. It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had.
I choose to live in Milan, not only for academic reasons but also because it’s the capital of fashion and of course, it’s a constantly changing city offering huge opportunities to everyone to grow.
I developed a great passion for the fashion industry when I was a child. In fact after university I worked for 3 years as showroom assistant for important fashion companies like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Giorgio Armani.                                                        Indeed, my favourite time of year is Fashion Week in Milan because I usually work backstage at the fashion shows and I have the opportunity to see the collections behind the catwalk and see special people like Anna Wintour or Carine Roitfeld and all the most famous models ( Gigi Hadid, Alessandra Ambrosio, Bella Hadid, Lucky Smith…).                   My favourite designers are Alberta Ferretti, Marchesa and Elie Saab.                                    My icons are Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy.                                                              If I could use an adjective for describing my self I would say “smiling and open minded!”

About me: Charlotte Cassanelli

My name is Charlotte Cassanelli

I am 24 years old, born in Milan but raised French-Italian — in fact, my mum is French and my dad is Italian. My double nationality allowed me to learn both Italian and French as a child, that led me to learn English easily. Having family in both Milan and Paris also allowed me to travel a lot between the two cities.

My educational path started with a scientific high school, later on I graduated in International Science and European Institutions at Università degli Studi di Milano. During my degree, I spent 11 months in France with the ERASMUS program, period in which I learned to perceive my international family background as a gift, and not to take it for granted.

I am now attending the 4th International Master in Luxury Management at Sole24Ore in Milan.

I have always practiced sports. I started swimming when I was a little child and I continued with horse riding. When I was 12 years old I discovered what soon became my main passion: sailing. Since then I started practicing and racing in regattas all over Italy.

Another passion I have is travelling. I have always been interested in visiting new places and understanding the local culture. Moreover, travelling for me is strictly related to the culinary experience, that is the reason why I always try to explore the traditional cuisine of each city I visit.

My passions form my personality and my openness to diversity, and are making me a better person.

“ Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”
— Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
German Philosopher

 

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About me: Gaia

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Born in Trieste 25 years ago, I define myself as curious, independent and open-minded.

My desire to see the other corners of this world brought me first to study in the US and then in Lisbon, where I lived for almost two years. Being abroad for so long, however, made realize that the Italian creativity, aesthetics and taste are the best ones in the world, and, as such, are a great asset. Hence, the decision to get specialized in the luxury industry here in Milan.

But in this introduction post I would like to share something more personal, rather than the information you can find on my LinkedIn profile.

So here’s a random list of a few things I love: The rain (when at home), yoga, lazy Sundays, perfumes, black coffee, eating- especially exotic food, coconut water, rooftop bars, prosecco, Art exhibitions, travelling, the smell of books.

And here’s a list of things I hate: The rain (when outside), long queues/big crowds, seagulls, cheap talk, soccer, bad manners and ignorance, horror movies, artichokes, unnecessary judgements, light blue eyeshadow.

…Do you want to know my complete list? Do not hesitate to contact me, I’ll be happy to answer you:

email: gaia.villat@hotmail.it

LinkedIn: Gaia Villatora Milič

 

 

 

About me

Optimistic, idealistic, sarcastic, maverick, calm, meticulous, imaginative, reflexive…. are just few definitions of  me.

Beauty is what definitely inspires everything I do in my life.

I love being surrounded by fulfilling things such as art, precious fabrics, design creations and  innovative technologies; all these things also declined in the form of experience. For this reason, my hobbies include mainly things regarding art such as drawing, reading, going to art expositions, fashion magazines and make up.

I studied business administration in Bologna. I graduated in the first session  because of my determination to enter the world of luxury fashion as soon as possible.

My ideal job is the one that combines a creative and an economic part in order to make it a passion going beyond regular working-days.

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About me: Daria Antonova

Do you agree that writing about yourself is quite a challenging thing?

IMG_6936Anyway, let me first introduce myself. My name is Daria Antonova (22) and I am from Moscow, Russia. If we go by stereotypes, I should have a bear in my house and vodka in my blood. However, I prefer more to have “Made in Italy” bags in my house and passion for luxury in my blood.

Honestly, it took me years to choose a path I really want to follow. My background is in International Economic Relations and I graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Initially I intended to occupy a position in a bank or in a special financial corporation, but soon I realised that it is not the thing I would like to dedicate my life to.

Firstly, I consider myself to be lively, creative, sociable, a person, full of energy and enthusiasm, willing to meet other people and share my experiences  and emotions. Secondly, I am keen on the fashion segment, always try to be up-to-date with the latest trends, events, collections and news. Finally, a boring office and monotonous work are not for me. My real passion lies in the Dolce&Gabbana brand, which describes me better than anything else. That is why I am here in Sole 24 Ore Business School for International Master Luxury Management.

Nevertheless, I believe that life is always about studying, learning and improving either yourself or things surrounding you. Luckily we have this opportunity presented in travelling, communication and education. For the future I have quite a positive outlook, I desire to live this life to the full, enjoying every chance i get!

It is a pleasure to meet you!

Daria.

Carolina Savoldi

14th, January 1994,  Milano

Even though common sense, as it happens, appears not to be that common of late, I do love to eat it for breakfast, it goes without saying for someone with a Finance Bachelor Degree. It is curiosity, however, that led me to Shanghai for an internship at RSA Asia, a leading tax and advisory firm in East Asia. If the Desire to know is what made me take a plane to China, persistence is what kept me there.

Sure as winter, I wear cloth of resolution and reflexive fur in cold times, as any Capricorn has the right to. Changing weather, changing habits, changing armor, dreams and fickleness in summer time are the gin to my tonic. Given that, I went to London in September 2016 for a Master of Science in International Business at Hult Business School, a disruptive and multicultural environment.

Slippery surfaces are indeed my cup of tea, having experienced an exchange program at an early stage (during my 4th year of High School), I learned to appreciate and look for challenges on both professional and personal level.

From Finance to International Business and Luxury Management, a penny for my thoughts? Method to my madness, open-mindedness is my parachute. Combining analytic knowledge with a passion for creative problem solving and the Made in Italy craftsmanship, I am currently enrolled in the International Luxury Management Master at the Sole 24 Ore Business School.

 

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About me: Francesca Borroni

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Milanese since 1992, but with some waves of American and French culture.

Fashion and luxury have always been my passions and I’ve always known that this is the world I want to be involved with in my future career. That’s why I graduated at Istituto Marangoni Milano with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Business.

After some really interesting and stimulating work experience in YOOX NET-A-PORTER Group and Safilo Group, in the PR and Events department, I am now keen to gain more competences in the luxury industry.

In my spare time you can find me cooking cakes in my kitchen, playing tennis or hiking and skiing in the stunning Alps.

About me: Giulia Ferretti

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Curious, imaginative and a bit awkward.

I was born in the lovely city of Rome in 1993 and I’ve lived there until I moved to Milan to study at Bocconi University. I graduated with a degree in Economics and management for art, culture and communication.

Alongside art, I’m deeply interested in the luxury sector. The fields that I like the most are the automotive one, fashion and jewellery.

I go crazy over handcrafted and artisanal products!

Come join this journey!

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About me: Alessandra Petagna

Made in Naples in the ‘90s, I also lived in Spain joining the Erasmus programme and now here I am in Milan.

In my spare time, you can find me cooking in my kitchen for a crowd of guests, reading on the couch or taking photos around the city. Yet, take me to a concert and you will make me the happiest woman in the world.

Processed with VSCO with a5 presetI’m talkative and a brilliant Law graduate – but I’ve never stood a legal conversation for more than two minutes, whereas we may chat ‘till tomorrow about fashion and lifestyle (better while tasting a glass of wine).

Chubby child already interested in fashion, finally Frida Giannini made me who I am with her Spring/Summer 2011 Ready – to – wear fashion show for Gucci: I wanted to look like those sophisticated but seductive women running along the catwalk and play with colours as well as Frida did developing her collection. From that moment, increasing my passion and starting to pay also attention to textures and fabrics was a piece of cake. Just an objection: I can’t draw.

Plan B: I’m talkative – I repeat it in case you have still doubt about it – curious and well organized – alias the perfect PR professional.

So, here I am: to turn my addiction for fashion and luxury market into a real and sparkling future.

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About me: Claudia Raniolo

My name is Claudia, I am 23 years old and I come from Comiso, a little town in the southeast of Sicily, the Best island of the world thanks to food, art, history and tradition.

I’ve studied for two years in “Università Cattolica” of Piacenza and then in NEOMA Business school of Reims, where I obtained the double degree in International Management.

Now, I’m attending the Master in international luxury management of Sole 24Ore to specialize more my profile in luxury sector. I’m really interested in Fashion and events but also in food and hÔtellerie because i love discovering different types of wine and trying Michelin-starred restaurants.

My favorite winery is Franciacorta. If you don’t know, I recommend you to try one soon! It’s sublime!

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Moreover, i love travelling and, as you can see in the picture above, I love freedom and discover new cultures. In fact, in this photo i was in Teotihuacan’s pyramids in Mexico where i spent one month during my 2016 summer holidays.

I also love painting and creating new contemporary digital art.

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About me: Denise Bocchetti

Hy everybody!

I’m Denise, I’m 23 years old and I was born in Naples in South of Italy, even if I’m half German.

1919340_10208820131805821_2706495829830517924_nI’ve graduated in Public Relations and Corporate Communication at IULM University based in Milan, and now I’m joining this master in order to follow my passion for the luxury world!

In my private life I have always had many passions: thanks to my parents I enjoyed the possibility to travel a lot and to discover more about new places and new cultures. This aspect allows me to be open minded and to see everything from different point of view. Since I was a child I practiced classical ballet and, even though I now hung up my ballet shoes, I keep following my passion as spectator by going to theatre.

Last but not least, I always loved art in all his shades, from modern painting, photography, to fashion that could be defined a branch of art, too!                                                                           I also love writing, infact over these months I started to write a my own fashion column in a digital magazine.

So keep in touch!

 

About me: Margherita Clio Galli

10252067_10203526787481145_9094475293132130924_nMy name is Margherita Clio Galli, I am 25 years old (even if I am really near to my 26th birthday).
I come from…well it is complicated…I can say that now I am living in Turin, a very beautiful city in Piedmont.

I studied Economic and Management at the University of Turin, and then I have decided to apply for the International Luxury Management Master in order to develop my interest for the luxury world, deepening my university’s studies.

I am a certain girl, I live the present looking for the future. I think to be also positive, I try to start each day with a smile (and trust me: it is not easy when you wake up at 6a.m. because of the train, but then I see the sun rising and it is such an emotion every day).

I am young and I have a lot of thing to learn, and this is the reason why, when it is possible, I try to do new experiences, and to exceed my limits.

About me: Elena Bruni

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  

Mark Twain

This quote, perfectly suits with my philosophy of life

Born and raised in Padua 25 years ago, I would define myself as a very optimistic and open minded person; moved by a great curiosity and a strong ambition that has always pushed me to go beyond my limits, looking for new challenging experiences.

Graduated with a degree in Communication at the University of Padua, I then earned my Master’s degree in International Management at Ca’ Foscari University. Moreover, considering my attitude towards the discovery of new cultures and my love for foreign languages, I grasped the opportunity to live in Madrid and Seoul thanks to some exchange programs.


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Globetrotter and Social Media addicted by nature, my passion for fashion and luxury has grown when I worked for Calzedonia and Gucci. And these experiences are what have  inspired me to attend this Master with the aim to find my path in this world and to achieve a deeper specialization within this exciting and dynamic field.

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Last October the chinise actress Angelababy married the actor Huang Xiaoming.

On her special and luxurious day the chinise icon worn a custom-made Dior dress, which took half year to be created, as well as two more Houte Couture dresses by Elie Saab.

The total amount of the Chinise power couple wedding was about $31 million, nearly on par with the British royal wedding which cost was $34 million.image1

This is not the only example of a “gold wedding” that comes from the discussed China.

Does this trend come from a local tradition with deep roots or is it more kind of new emulation game of the western model?

Let’s consider few figures.

Proportional to their income, chinese couples spend more than western couples on their wedding. According with the China Wedding Industry Development Report, the avarage cost of a chinise wedding is around $12.000. The comparison of this data with the avarage annual wage of the urban population, which is around $8.900 make every possible consideration much more intresting.

What clearly emerge from this comparison is that eventhough, the avarage wage of a medium class chinese couple is not that high, they like to spend a remarkable amount of money on their wedding.

If we jump for a moment in the past we see that the traditional Chinese wedding ceremony was essentially a big dinner party. Now it has been transformed into a hybrid event influenced by many Western elements such as elaborate pre-wedding photo-shot (sometimes taken overseas: Europe, France, US), diamond engagement ring, white dress and expensive, exotic honeymoon.image1 2

Cultural drivers have made this big change possible.

An important issue which has to be considered is the nation’s one child-policy that was abolished just on last January. What we can logically assume is that today many chinise engaged couple are only-child. So there are two sets of parents from either side contributing to a single wedding and four sets of grandparents doing the same. An important family affair.

Another relevant curiosity, which is not that far from what usually happen in the south of Italy, concerns the wedding guest who pay partially for the wedding throughout the Hongbao, kind of a red envelop stuffed with cash.

So there are intrinsic and borrowed traditions which make the Chinese middle class and their brides with deep pockets a profitable target for all those Western luxury bridal brands that want to meet the opportunity linked to the fast evolving Chinese wedding field that seems a market eager to be guided toward a sectorial expansion.

BACARO IS THE NEW VENETIAN LUXURY

Eating and drinking are (to most people) luxury pleasures

Cicchetti  (in Venetian language) are small snacks or side dishes, typically served in traditional “bàcari” (cicchetti bars or osterie) in Venice, Italy. Common cicchetti include small servings of a combination of one or more of seafood, meat and vegetable ingredients laid on top of a slice of bread or polenta. Like Spanish tapas, one can also make a meal of cicchetti by ordering multiple plates.

But how, when and where they are eaten??

Simply with fingers and toothpicks, usually standing up, hanging around the counter where they are displayed in numerous bars, osterie and bacari that offer them virtually all day long. 

Cicchetti are usually accompanied by a small glass of local white or red wine, which the locals refer to as an “ombra” (shadow).

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A lovely find can be Enoiteca Mascareta. It is not really a touristic place – full of local people. The owner, Mauro Lorenzon, is the head of some Italian wine association and on top of that produces wine and prosecco. He is the conductor of the whole show running at this fantastic place.

Trust the staff about the wine and/or prosecco choice. Nice meals, going well with the suggested wine. Very friendly atmosphere. Our friends and us went there every evening, while in Venice.

 

 

 

THE FUTURE OF MADE-TO-MEASURE

The Future of Fashion Is 3D

We will be printing high-fashion dresses in our homes- but not for now.

On May 5, the Met Costume Institute’s Spring exhibition will open the doors and visitors will be treated to 90 fashion mise, including many items made with 3D printing, pretty much as the exclusive purview of haute couture, up to now.

But if the technology is adopted by more apparel makers and trickled down to the masses, “it can be as revolutionary as the sewing machine,” said Andrew Bolton, curator of the exhibition. “It means you can 3D print your dress to your exact measurements at home.” “Because it has the ability to mould exactly to your measurements, it’s environmentally friendly, too” Bolton said. “There’s no waste, whereas there’s always waste with textiles.”

By the way, 3D printing is still very much in its early stages.
The capability to make virtually anything is going on. Reality is becoming Virtual Reality.
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At the current stage, we should be satisfied to call home-printing dresses “a dream.”
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SACS MARINE MEETS COPPOLETTA DESIGN

MILAN DESIGN WEEK – SACS MARINE MEETS COPPOLETTA DESIGN

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A Gentlement’s Night” took place last April, 11.

Every year, in April, Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone celebrate for one week the Design World. This one-week event is known as the most important international home design exhibition attended by 310,000 visitors, design professionals and enthusiasts.

This is the time during which parties and events proliferate all around and the city of Milan is the most effervescent place-to-be. and you can experience parties, cocktails in shops, private palazzi, yards and dedicated open-house events.

The Sacs Marine event was organized in one of the most interesting area of Milan, i.e. the Parco Sempione area by The Savile Company, made-to-measure products dedicated to the new gentleman.

The event aims to celebrate the partnership between Sacs and Coppoletta Design.

SACS is a Milanese leading company at an international level in the production and marketing of rigid inflatable boats for pleasure cruising.

Coppoletta Design results in a work that reflects the founder’s tattooing heritage, but arrives in new areas within the art and design world and lends itself to a wide range of applications within branding, product design, printed media, and beyond.

Two worlds apparently very different but which meet to creat SBO, that is Sacs Bespoke Operations. A department specialised in one-off planning and creation for demanding shipowners. The first fruit of this collaboration is A unique customization, like a tattoo: tender customization.

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The first sample is already on water: a Strider 11 (9.90 m) which can reach 54 knots. It’s a tender owned by The Savile Company.

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Credits by:

www.thesavilecompany.com

www.sacsmarine.com

www.mocoppoletta.com

Le Club 55, Une Legende

St. Tropez’s first beach club still has its groove

St Tropez, to have a delicious lunch on the beach.

Since 1955, the Club 55 (Cinquante-Cinq, hence the name), has been the mecca of the rich and famous. For over 50 years, almost every famous person lunched at this restaurant or hanged out by its bar.

Bridget Bardot said it was her favorite, thus creating one of the first beach clubs along Pampelonne Beach with a sexy scene of sunning celebrities and gourmet cuisine that’s hotter than ever after 50-years.

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Simplicity and authenticity. This spot is quite separate from the rest of Pamplona beach and has had its own philosophy since its creation in 1955: “The customer is not king here … because he is a friend”.

Le Club 55 has an unforgettable atmosphere. Skirting the Mediterranean shores, beside St Tropez, its location was destined for success.

Here, the guests is welcomed as a friend, casually, without any snobbery as it often can happen at some of its neighbouring establishments. And that is perhaps why everyone loves it so much. Over the years it became an institution that keeps its promises.

The menu is all in French, so it is wise to either learn some food words ahead (there is a menu, that never changes, and daily specials) or ask the staff, which is very helpful.

The fish is fresh and often great for sharing.

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In particular the Strawberry tart is heavenly and quite light for a cake, making it a perfect treat, before you strip into your bikini or Vilebrequin shorts.

 

 

 

 

Credits by http://www.club55.fr and Me

 

ABOUT LAURA

Hi everyone,

my name is Laura Dolcetti and I come from a small town between the lakes Garda and Idro, in province of Brescia. I graduated in foreign languages for business at the Catholic University in Brescia two years ago.

My strong passion for different cultures and people guided me to travel a lot, both abroad and in Italy. After my graduation I spent 3 months working for an Italian company in Moscow and I fell in love with this amazing city. Then my work experiences made me move from Brescia to Treviso, from Padua to Milan, where I live also today.

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I like books, photos and music.

But what I love doing the most, is enjoy my time with the people I love in places that I love.

 

 

HERE YOU CAN FIND MY ARTICLES:

5 best #trends of 2015

THE MICAM 82°: Where the World meets Footwear

#MFW: outside the Fausto Puglisi Fashion Show

Fashion and Jewels in the Renaissance paintings

 

A present past

I want to tell you an inspiring story made of will and talent.

At the basement of Palazzo Spini Feroni in Florence there is the Ferragamo Museum which is dedicated to the story of the “shoemaker of dreams”: Salvatore Ferragamo.

At the entrance there is a huge clock, which needles go back bringing visitors to another time.image1 2

The first room is dedicated to a wide exposition of shoes prototypes made by Salvatore Ferragamo until 1960 and from his daughter  Fiamma in the period after.

Among those shoes ,in a glass display case, there is the “cork hill sandal” which story brings us back to the II World War period.

At that time, due to the scarsity of precious materials, Salvatore Ferragamo strated to use and recover poor materials such as cork, wood, nylon and so on. As is written in the Ferragamo biography

“…there is no limit to the materials I have used in these fifty years of shoemaking; if I list a few it serves only to highlight those that are not mentioned…”

The cork part of the shoe, as it was considered a poor and not noble material, was covered and decorated in order to appear as luxurious as all of the other creations.

“…there is no limit to beauty, no saturation point in design, no end to the materials a shoemaker may use to decorate creations so that every woman may be shod like a fairy queen.”image4

 What I find really intresting is the creative forward-thinking of Salvatore Ferragamo in using poor materials to create luxury pieces of art expecially when the preciousness of an object was strictly connected to the recognised value of the raw material which it was made of.

He created trends that today, after more than fifty years, are still extremely contemporary and always in line with the fast changing customers’ taste. Iconic pieces which embody together attention in terms of foot comfortability and total care of the styling element make of Salvatore Ferragamo’s story an incredible story of shoemaking.

“…throughout my creations I may be best able to tell you about the mission to which I was called, the work I could not prevent myself doing.”

Credits:http://www.ferragamo.com/museo/it/ita