FN quizzed both heritage and emerging Italian labels at the Micam shoe fair in Milan last week on the year ahead. Here’s what they had to say about digital U.S. expansion and more. 1. Gio Giacobbe, CEO, ACBC (Advanced Commuter Basic Concept), a new modular footwear brand with interchangeable zip-on, zip-off skins and soles. Geographic focus: “We la...

The Consulate General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, in collaboration with DZINE, are pleased to present architect and designer Aldo Cibic, a co-founder of the Memphis movement, who has developed over the years a number of research projects that investigate different levels of the meaning of sustainability. Find out m...

Livia Cevolini was 36-years-old when she founded Energica Motor Company, an Italian manufacturer of high-performance electric-motorbikes. Energica is based in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, also known as “Motor Valley” and home to automotive greats Lamborghini, Maserati, Ferrari, and Ducati. Cevolini says she overcame significant obstacles t...

Italian design brand Klodea is making its official debut into the American market with a line of luxury furnishing accessories for the modern home. It will be showing in May at ICFF in New York. Inspired by the balance of natural elements, Klodea creates handles and knobs that complement cabinetry with a sophisticated touch. The products combine el...

If you were ever in doubt about the importance of Italy in shaping fashion today, a new exhibition - which opens in Milan this week - puts it into perspective. ITALIANA, Italy Through the Lens of Fashion 1971-2001, raises the curtain of Milan Fashion Week and celebrates the influence of Italian design, creativity and manufacturing prowess. Jointly...

ITALIAN DESIGN DAY, this year in its second edition, is a worldwide initiative created by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation as part of "Vivere ALL'Italiana" a campaign that promotes Italy's culture and economy. The 2018 edition highlights the relationship between Design and Sustainability, investigating the contribution...

Countless people have made a fortune working in the TV and film industry. Individuals like legendary stuntman and coordinator Gary Davis and television’s Jay Leno have both spent untold sums of money amassing impressive collections of classic cars and motorcycles. Another successful figure in the Hollywood scene who has garnered a massive stable of...

The traditional activity of the hat district is concentrated around the Marche region and more specifically in the towns of Montappone and Massa Fermana.It began in 1300 when hats were used exclusively for farming activities. Grain harvesting produced straw, which was then braided to be used as a raw material for making “straw hats”.

Fashion is best understood in terms of its broad social, cultural, economic, and aesthetic contexts. That is the core message of the Fabric of Cultures project, a research and pedagogic initiative spearheaded by Eugenia Paulicelli, Director of the Fashion Studies program at City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center and Professor of Italian...

In non-New York Fashion Week news, FN paid a visit to Micam, Europe’s biggest footwear trade show in Milan (look for our in-depth coverage in the Feb. 19 issue). Last year saw a push from the fair’s Luxury Hall with 10 brands, including Zegna, Tod’s, Gucci, Fendi and Ferragamo, all taking a stand to support a made-in-Italy campaign. For 2018, Cesar...