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STYLE
Pal Zileri and The Future of Tailoring
What is the difference between tailored and factory menswear? Often we consider these two categories as distant or even conflicting. However, there are many who actually know how to combine these both, companies that use industrial processes to...
TRAVEL
Hotel Villa La Palagina, Tuscany
There are almost 9,000 square miles composing the Italian region of Tuscany. Much of the land remains dedicated to what one dreams can be found here: rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves. Perched atop a hill in the heart of Tuscany, only 40 minutes...
DESIGN
Milan Design Week 2016: Bubble Beehive
Additional reporting by David Graver The global problem of declining bee populations is often looked over but cannot be taken lightly. Fundamental to our planetary ecosystems, and pollinating vegetation the world over, bees are intrinsic to our...
CULTURE
Kanye West: Famous
Written, directed and starring Aziz Ansari and Eric Wareheim (aka Lil Bud and Big Bud), this not-necessarily-official video for Kanye West's "Famous" also features a lot of pasta, wine and dancing around Italy (as well as some car-humping). Part artistic...
DESIGN
Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance: 1945 to 1975
Even if you're not a gung-ho car enthusiast, the new hardcover tome "Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance: 1945 to 1975" (published by Skira Rizzoli) is a breathtaking, alluring book. The pages inside are full of the most rare, collectible...
DESIGN
Mido Eyewear Show 2016
While you might not have heard of it, Italy's Mido Eyewear Show is the leading event for eyewear professionals. It's an exhibition during which major international brands present their new styles and innovations for prescription specs and sunglasses...
TRAVEL
The Artist Residency Program at Villa Lena, Tuscany
For anyone who dreams of Tuscany's majesty, there's nothing quite like Villa Lena—an isolated 1,200 acre hilltop destination, anchored by an 18th century villa-turned-hotel. Views extend across the countryside, offering woodlands and olive groves...
DESIGN
Italo Modern 2
The second half of last century was a golden age for Italian architecture, with many experimental buildings constructed in big cities, tiny towns and remote areas. These almost forgotten architectural masterpieces are explored with tenderness in...
DESIGN
Factory Visit: Cotonificio Albini, Albino
Visiting the Albini Group—a glorious Italian enterprise that specializes in fabrics for shirting—is an experience of contrast. It's a facility that feels futuristic, while remaining in the tradition of its deep history. It's a busy, mechanical factory...
DESIGN
Signs of Italy: A Book Exploring 200 Years of Outdoor Lettering
The true understanding of Italian life only happens in the squares where people love to meet and share, eat and drink—all while observing what happens around them. It’s not a stereotype, but Italy and its many contradictions, its grand beauty and...
TRAVEL
Spacious Luxury at the Aman Canal Grande Venice
For all its historical wonders, the city of Venice often warrants two frequent complaints: small hotel rooms and hordes of selfie-stick-sporting tourists packing the alleyways. Fortunately, the Aman Canal Grande Hotel offers reprieve from both. Situated...
FOOD-DRINK
Discussing Coffee with Marco Lavazza at the US Open
It's been a big year for Lavazza. Not only is it their 120th anniversary, they've also partnered with the Italian Pavillon at the World Exposition Milan 2015 and expanded their tennis partnerships to include a sponsorship of the US Open. We sat...
TRAVEL
Purgatorio n°2, Napoli
By Ross Belfer Whether misunderstood or embraced by visitors, Napoli (Italy’s third largest city) is a location immune to the rest of the world's fads. It's full of surprises—a giant, enigmatic metropolis overshadowed by the towering Mount Vesuvius...
STYLE
Factory Visit: Christian Louboutin
Since setting up his eponymous label in 1991, French designer Christian Louboutin's shoes have become synonymous with power, prestige and class thanks to their sexy, edgy design and extreme creativity. Lesser known is the fact that Louboutin produces...
DESIGN
Interview: Gabriele Chiave of Alessi
Gabriele Chiave is a storyteller. A designer for Alessi, Dainese, Foscarini and more, Chiave has lived everywhere from Dakar to Caracas, Rome and Amsterdam. Not only is his own existence rich with stories, each one of his works has its own. “For...
DESIGN
Mille Miglia: Racing in a Living Museum
by Michael Frank It’s 4:30AM and Des Sellmeijer is on a shuttle bus in Parma, Italy. He’s headed to the start of the fourth and final leg of the 2015 Mille Miglia, a 1,000-mile road rally around Italy that circuits from Brescia in the north, outside...
DESIGN
Storied Cars of Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2015
Determining highlights from Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este—one of the world's most exclusive car shows—is no small feat. The annual affair, hosted on the shores of Lake Como and sponsored by BMW and luxury watch brand A. Lange & Söhne, features a...
CULTURE
Venice Biennale 2015: Order and Chaos
Okwui Enwezor—the curator of the 56th Venice Biennale, themed as "All the World’s Futures"—has accomplished a very difficult task in selecting artists for this year's event. Famous names are exhibited alongside emerging artists in a colorful, bold...
CULTURE
The New Fondazione Prada, Milan
With over 100 years of history, Prada has long been respected for originality and subtle contradictions—and finding a visually striking balance between dichotomies is what makes the fashion house unique. Milan's Fondazione Prada complex maintains the...
TRAVEL
Vintage Bikes, Gravel and Wine in Water Bottles: Eroica California
Leave your Lycra at home, forget about carbon fiber, stop meticulously counting the grams of your new crankset and prepare for a healthy dose of fatigue. At the inaugural Eroica California ride—part of the Italy-based Eroica series of non-competitive...
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