Handbag fashion trends: the Venetian way

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 11:22

Handbag fashion trends: the Venetian way

If you're going to buy a designer handbag, it's understandable to want to invest in something classic.  But all too often, you replace your worn-down, go-to black tote with, surprise, another black bag.  This is why here in Venice we wanted to do something pretty special: to transform something very seasonal like a fashion trend into a timeless product. How to do that? The recipe is the same we always use when we craft a new product: traditional and authentic techniques, precious materials, modern design.

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Do not look at the glass, of you will fall in love with it and you will never be able to let it go

Today’s story is still about Italian artisans and amazing design, but this time nothing to deal with leather or handbags. We already talked about glass a couple of month ago, but, as Fulvio Bianconi (one of the artist that collaborates with the Murano glass maker Venini during the fifties) once said: “do not look at the glass, of you will fall in love with it and you will never be able to let it go”.

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A Modern Time guide to shopping in Venice

Thursday, 26 January 2017 11:01

A Modern Time guide to shopping in Venice

Venice is a bit stuck in his past when we talk about shops, and shopping in Venice can be quite frustrating if you are not after opulent baroque velvets or the ubiquity of mask shops.

You are looking for an international fashion brands (you can find everywhere else in the world), or a traditional murrina and carnival masks? You are packed with choices.

But if you are after something more then that, it is going to be hard.

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HOW TO RECOGNISE A QUALITY HANDBAG: LIDO’S ULTIMATE GUIDE ON REAL LUXURY

We often hear people complaining about scratches or marks on a beautiful Italian designer bag made with precious but delicate lambskin, saying that the quality is not as good as on the cheaper made in China tote they got from a famous American brand.... The point is: beautiful and luxurious leather need to be treated with respect! And if you understand this, a luxury full grain leather can last for life it treated in the right way, while a cheap one will wear very quickly as soon as the top finishing start to crack.

We just created a quick guide for you to know everything you need to recognise a quality bag, how to avoid cheap replicas and to 5 care Tricks to Ensure Your Handbags Will Last for Years. You can find it HERE

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The Great Beauty of Venice

Monday, 16 January 2017 10:30

The Great Beauty of Venice

This time we want to look a bit outside the lagoon, but we are still going to talk about something very Venetian, notably the the exibition now on at GR Gallery (New York) till 5th of February : The Great Beauty of Venice.

Quite hard to belive, but since the Fifties, and for about three decades, Venice has been a real hotbed for creativity, an international catalyser of clever minds and the co-creator of a unique moment in art history, taking its first steps from the Spatialist movement. Lucio Fontana was the theoretician of the movement, which called for a thematic portrayal of the art in dialogue with science, and in dialogue with empiricism and technology. Especially the art should not be fenced off from the canvas: its border is space.

virgilio guidi

 

The exhibition focus on the leading artists of Venetian Spatialism, that impressed Peggy Guggenheim and influenced her to the point of becoming the major patron.  The artists chosen are the signatories of the manifestoes of Spatialism: Gino Morandis (1915-1994) and Virgilio Guidi (1891 -1984); those artists who shared their inspirations and creative impulse with the movement, without ever formally joining it: Ennio Finzi (1930) and Riccardo Licata (1929-2014); the symbolist-surrealist painter Carmelo Zotti (1933-2007)gravitating towards the movement; and the Venetian master Emilio Vedova (1919- 2006), front and centre of post-war European formal art.

emilio vedova

 

On display six works by each painter, leading the visitor on an ideal path through different styles spanning from impetuous, informal signs and gestures, to synthetic, minimal perspectives, in a dimension where creativity is made possible by the extraordinary influence of the famous city on the lagoon.

ennio finzi

 

 

Here is the final speech of the gallery owner during the opening exhibition:

" We have decided to entitle this exhibition “the great beauty of Venice” to celebrate Venice in the States, but also to offer New York’s public an authentic, true vision of what happened in the world of Art in the after war. Beyond the cinematographic suggestions, the global Art system has not passed through Rome, but through Venice, as well as through Paris: first of all through the Biennale, then even through the many public institutions such as Ca’ Pesaro, the Bevilacqua, the Masa, the Correr Museum, etc. Besides, innumerable private structures stimulated and cultivated for some decades the cultural ferments of the Venetian lagoon, first among everything the Guggenheim Foundation. Peggy Guggenheim came ashore in Venice and the town became the true laboratory of contemporary art."

virgilio guidi

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