IED Graduates & Their Final Creative Projects

  The European Institute of Design in Florence (IED) embodies innovation in the city of the Renaissance, reinterpreting the present with an eye to the future.  As IED’s academic term draws to a close, 142 Italian and foreign students will receive diplomas for the completion of three-year courses in communication, design and fashion. In line with the theme CONNECT, the ceremony is set to take place on July 15 in a newly inaugurated [...]

Children’s Designer Fashion at Pitti Bimbo 95

  June 22 – 24, 2022: PITTI IMMAGINE BIMBO 95. Fortezza da Basso, V.le Filippo Strozzi, 1, Florence and other venues. Only open to press and buyers.  Pitti Immagine Bimbo centers on children’s closets during a three-day-long trade fair between June 22- 24, 2022 in its 95th edition. The Fortezza da Basso will once again host Pitti Bimbo after two editions at Stazione Leopolda, showcasing the newest in children’s wardrobes for the Spring/Summer [...]

Pitti Immagine’s ‘The Male Portrait’ at La Rinascente

Pitti Immagine Uomo celebrates men’s style with their collaboration with La Rinascente near Piazza Repubblica. Hosted by the department store, the Male Portrait provides guests and customers with a new way of experiencing the excellence of today’s menswear through online and in-store style edits, digital imagery and Pitti-inspired window displays. The campaign, which runs until March 8, further symbolizes the ways in which fashion institutions have had to reevaluate and reconstruct how fashion [...]

‘Apritimoda’: Free Visits to Fashion Workshops

It is no secret that Italian artisan goods undergo a significant process from conception to production with immense care for quality assurance. This weekend, thanks to “Apritimoda,” the public will be able to access workshops owned by fashion companies known for their craftsmanship and Made in Italy brands – a testament to the level of creativity and skill put forth by working under such an elevated standard that strives for nothing short of [...]

‘Fierucola della Lana’ 2019: Weavers, Wool & Organic Products

La Fierucola will be back in Piazza della Santissima Annunziata to host skilled weavers, and producers of  organic products on November 2 – 3 (9 am to 7 pm), also showcasing the region’s artisans. This edition, called the Fiera della Lana di San Martino, has been held since the 14th century. The fair this year will be focusing on the small, local farms with that breed free range sheep, goats, and cattle that [...]

Discovering Florence’s 2019 ‘Fragrance Paths’

An exclusive event for the elite of the perfume industry has taken to the streets, and will fill Florence with its intoxicating fragrances from September 13 – 15.  Perfume designers, curators, connoisseurs and aficionados will convene in Florence for the 2019 installment of Pitti Fragranze, a three-day cosmetic industry exhibition scheduled from Friday to Sunday at the Stazione Leopolda. While the trade show itself is open only to buyer and the press, residents [...]

Meet the Craftsmen at ‘Artigianato e Palazzo’

May 16-19 2019: ARTIGIANATO E PALAZZO (Crafts and Palace). Corsini Garden, via della Scala 115, Florence. Open 10 am – 8 pm. Admission: €8 full, €6 for 12-18 years, free for those under 11. In its 25th edition, the crafts fair Artigianato e Palazzo returns this year celebrating its ‘vermeil’ anniversary, commemorating the technique of gilding silver with gold which originated from mid-18th century France. Appropriately, the interconnecting theme of this unique four-day [...]

‘Fiera della Lana’ Market in SS Annunziata

La Fierucola will be in Piazza della Santissima Annunziata to welcome skilled weavers, carvers, and organic products on November 3 – 4 (9 am to 7 pm), while celebrating the local, skilled artisans of the region. This edition, called the Fiera della Lana di San Martino, will be featuring vibrant textiles created from natural dyes. Demonstrating the use of sustainable methods, products being sold at the market will be vividly colored from organic [...]

Markku Piri: A Finn at the Medici Court

Through June 4: A FINN AT THE COURT OF THE MEDICI. Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Sale Fabiani. Via Cavour, 1. Open Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 6:30 pm, closed Wednesday. Free admission. “A Finn in the Court of the Medici” an exhibition hosted by the Palazzo Medici Riccardi before traveling to Rome and Venice, features the works of Markku Piri. Piri, born in 1955, could be described as a “Renaissance man” as not [...]

Marbled Paper

Giulio Giannini e Figlio Piazza Pitti 37, Florence 055/21.26.21 The shop display windows testify to the simple beauty of handmade crafts specific to the tradition of Florence’s Oltrarno neighborhood; for over 150 years the Giannini family has left an impression—artistically and symbolically—on the Florentine artisan community. In 1856, Pietro Giannini, the owner of a modest stationary shop, even then located in Piazza Pitti, endeavored to expand his craft to include leather bookbinding, [...]