Italian fashion revenues continue to outperform Italy’s broader economy, and in the last part of 2016 and in the first quarter of 2017 they even picked up speed. That would already be good news in itself, but it is even more so because the textile and fashion industry is Italy’s largest after machinery. “If we consider the fashion system in the wid...

Italian leather upholstery producer Incanto is holding a private preview show, June 12-16, to promote its new Miami warehouse location and quick ship selection. Selected models will be on display including four new models in stock -- two sectionals and two motion sofas -- available in two leather colors each. "This program was created to help custo...

I’m a firm believer that if the remnant of our community is to survive we need to participate in culturally relevant and edifying social gatherings to help strengthen our faith, family and community ties. Last Monday, I attended such an event at St. John’s University in Queens, New York organized by Prof. Gaetano Cipolla of Arba Sicula and Michela...

The “Marinella philosophy” originated in the year 1914, when the thirty-four-year-old Neapolitan Don Eugenio opened a small shop in the Riviera of Chiaia of Naples. After having completed the renovations, the young founder undertook his first trip to London to meet with prospective suppliers and recreate a small corner of England in Naples with exc...

Famed Italian architect Massimiliano Locatelli is taking over Madison Avenue’s Barneys on Wednesday, marking the start of an ongoing collaboration between the retail giant and the architect who’s designed commercial properties for the likes of Valentino, Michael Kors, Zara and Missoni. Meanwhile, the Columbia University PhD is busy developing the n...

Italian brides are finding wedding dresses at an unusual spot hidden in the Umbrian hills, where they are able to pick out their special gown – all for the cost of a donation. Sister Maria Laura at the Augustinian monastery of St. Rita in Cascia, Italy began running the thrifty wedding dress service out of a surplus of donated wedding dresses. “It...

The idea of open-source isn't something you come across very often in the car industry. In most cases (make that "in every case"), if one company comes up with something it had spent a lot of time and money on, it will guard it as best it can against the competition.  That's how things work in a competitive environment. It's not how they necessaril...

Gucci is now the highest ranked luxury brand on the Brand Finance 2017 report, coming at at no. 3. The value of the Gucci brand increased from $ 5 billion (2016) to $ 6.1 billion (2017). Gucci executives note a lot of their recent success in benefiting from dominating in the digital/social media market. In terms of growth, Gucci is among the best p...

Anthony V. Salvo, a longtime local teacher turned Salem mayor, died Monday at Salem Hospital following a brief illness. He was 89. “Always a gentleman, Mayor Salvo loved Salem with a spirit of dedication that few could match,” wrote Mayor Kim Driscoll of her predecessor twice removed in a Facebook post Monday. “His tireless efforts, both in public...

Just east of Broadway in the Patch neighborhood of Carondelet stands a small, rough-cut stone house. The structure, over 160 years old, is set to receive a 'Most Enhanced' building award from the Landmarks Association of St. Louis this Thursday evening. Set back from the corner of Water and Steins streets, a freshly-poured walkway leads up to a sha...