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By Aleese Kopf Francesco Pasta has been hand-making luxury leather sandals since he was a teenager working in his grandfather's shop on the island of Capri, Italy. He never dreamed 15 years later he'd bring the family business to the United States. When Francesco, 35, moved to Chicago with his wife Jessica, 40, in 2013 the two ran a mobile busine...

The next space station grocery run will carry caffeine to a whole new level: Aboard the SpaceX supply ship is an authentic espresso machine straight from Italy. SpaceX is scheduled to launch its unmanned rocket with the espresso maker — and 4,000 pounds of food, science research and other equipment — Monday afternoon.   The experimental...

It will be a glittering celebration of Italian fashion and culture all in the name of charity when renowned haute couture designer and philanthropist Renato Balestra welcomes guests to the Glamour is Back gala taking place Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Miami.   Gla...

by Lisa Petrillo   Art Basel put Miami on the map in the art world. Now there's a push to do the same in the fashion world. Some of the biggest name designers are coming to Miami to meet their fans face to face. Edguardo Osoro, designer of Aquazzura shoes, is responsible for creating what he calls the 12-hour fashionable heel. &nb...

Architecture office Carlo Ratti Associati has used submarine technologies to design a buoyant public space off the coast of West Palm Beach's Currie Park. As part of his masterplan for the Florida city's waterfront, architect Carlo Ratti and his team have proposed a plaza that will be partly submerged and constructed like a...

By Lisa Petrillo   "Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968" is an entire exhibit dedicated to the rise of high fashion in Italy, and you can find it all at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. More than 90 designer garments are on display, including high fashions gowns that lit up the grand ballrooms, red carpets and theaters of...

by Megan Anderson   An Italian plane maker's plans to build a manufacturing plant at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport won't be ready to take off until next summer. Italico Aviation USA, which announced its plans for Central Florida in December 2012, had hoped to start assembly in March but has now delayed its goal to start building light sport...

Officials in Spartanburg County say an Italian manufacturer of high-end adhesives and sealants plans to create 150 new jobs and invest $66 million in the area. The Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reports (http://bit.ly/1Fdtfr7) the county council has approved the third and final reading of an economic incentives agreement which allows the compan...

Two more luxury retailers from Europe are debuting stores in South Florida: apparel maker Billionaire Italian Couture and Spain's footwear purveyor Pretty Ballerinas.   Billionaire Italian Couture opened its first U.S. East Coast flagship store on Dec. 3 at 4000 NE 2nd Avenue in Miami's design district. The nearly 800-square-foot space sells...

Snaidero approda a Miami, dove arreda le cucine della torre Brickell Flatiron. Con i suoi 65 piani per 224 metri di altezza, sarà l'edificio residenziale più alto del distretto economico-finanziario della città.    Il progetto, curato da CMC, gruppo fondato da Ugo Colombo specializzato nella realizzazione di progetti immo...

Ermenegildo Zegna has opened the doors of its latest outpost in the the Miami Design District, a flourishing luxury shopping destination. Architect Peter Marino designed the space for the Zegna global store in Milan and one of Zegna's in-house architects developed the design for the Miami store. The two-story 2,800 square feet retail store has dive...

Italia Independent apre a Miami la sua seconda boutique americana, all'interno di Wynwood Block, nuovissimo mall situato nel cuore del distretto affermatosi negli ultimi anni come una delle zone più cool della città. Dopo l'apertura del flagship di New York, avvenuta a novembre, un nuovo store con il quale proseguire l'attività di consolidamento su...