The magical world of Gucci Garden in Florence

The magical world of Gucci Garden in Florence

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After thorough renovation, Gucci has reopened its Florence museum located in Palazzo della Mercanzia. Its three floors and different rooms have been converted into a multi-space where you can eat, shop and join the Gucci constellation. Past and present merge within a fusion of animals, plants and flowers appearing as cheerful as the intense patterns of Gucci´s traditional garments. The two floors of the Galleria honour the trajectory and legacy of the brand by exhibiting mythical clothes and accessories, works of art and video projections. On the ground floor, there is the Gucci Osteria by Massimo Bottura, cook chef granted with three Michelin stars. Next to the restaurant we find the Boutique, divided into two large spaces with renewed antique furniture and displaying an explosion of colour. It is also possible to buy exclusive clothing, accessories and gift items created by the brand for the Gucci Garden. In addition, they have dedicated a section to the books and magazines serving as an inspiration to Alessandro Michele, creative director of the firm.
Gucci Garden, piazza della Signoria 10, Florence

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Mrs. Macis in Borgo Pinti: “A small corner of Paris in Florence”

Mrs. Macis in Borgo Pinti: “A small corner of Paris in Florence”

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According to the friend who first recommended it, the atelier shop and lab of Carla Macis stands since 2005 as “a small Parisian corner in Florence.” Carla Macis, who once worked for Emilio Pucci, is the designer of the brand. She is the one in charge of the colourful feminine clothes of vintage appearance, overflowing with good humour and extroverted prints. “I do not create custom clothes, I make my own line in sizes S, M, L”, she tells me. “The process begins with the fabrics, as I was trained as a textile designer and not as a fashion designer, so I pay more attention to research of the materials. However, they result very feminine and tend to enhance the figure of the woman without being explicit or sexy.” Carla Macis gets her inspiration from the 50´s fashion and films. Her clothes have been defined as the “good humour dresses.” These are pieces for women of all ages, between 20 and 70 years old, with a great personality. “For those who, when they put on my clothes, wish to be recognized at the first glimpse.” Undoubtedly, Carla Macis is not afraid to mix. She feels a predilection for wool in all its forms; and creates accessories, too. No wonder she is even recommended by Lonely Planet.
Mrs. Macis – Borgo Pinti 38, 50121 Florence

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Salvatore Ferragamo and twentieth-century visual culture

Salvatore Ferragamo and twentieth-century visual culture

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Salvatore Ferragamo returned to Italy in 1927 after twelve years in the United States. In 2017, to mark the ninetieth anniversary of his homecoming, the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo presented this exhibition offering an overview of the 1920s, a decade now recognized as an authentic forge of open-minded ideas and experimentation free of ideological constraints and prejudices. Ferragamo chose to settle in Florence in virtue of its acknowledged centrality in the geography of Italian taste and style at a time in which the word “return” was especially meaningful: the return to order in the arts, the return to professional skill and to the great national tradition. Developed in chapters like a coming-of-age story, the exhibition focuses precisely on this trend in the culture of the period. Curated by Carlo Sisi, it takes Ferragamo’s voyage on an ocean liner back to Italy as its guiding thread: a metaphor of his mental journey through the Italian visual culture of the 1920s, the source of the themes and works that were to influence his poetic vision directly or indirectly.
1927, il ritorno in Italia – Till May 2 at Museo Ferragamo, Palazzo Spini Feroni, Florence

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