Sophie Minchilli was raised in Rome with a view of the Colosseum from her kindergarten classroom, and she enjoyed fresh pasta lunches. She explains the Italian notion of dolce far niente — the sweetness of doing nothing.  Endless lunches, walks, and summers at the beach are Minchilli’s earliest memories that inspired her to embrace the lifestyle of...

John and Joe Palma are down-to-earth brothers, internationally known for their expertise in luxury and exotic cars. A few numbers dramatize their career: $270,000, 5 to 6 years and zero. The $270,000 figure is the highest price that any client spent for renovations, with the 1960 Silver Cloud II then rightfully earning a first place in touring at a...

Every summer for 18 years, often marginalized artisans from across the globe have converged on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill to show and sell their creations at the International Folk Art Market. Originally planned as a one-time event, the market now draws more than 16,000 visitors to Milner Plaza from Thursday to Sunday. They buy more than $3 million in...

It all began in 1968. Ferrari had sent Pininfarina two chassis of the 25 built for the type approval of the Ferrari 512 S. The chassis had remained unsold, and were sent to Turin to be used to develop a couple of prototypes for a possible future production. One was handed over to Filippo Sapino, my colleague from the style team who at the time was...

The new episode of the show presents the profile of Carlo Riva, Italy’s most renowned shipbuilder in the 20th century, and author of the Aquarama (1962), which is still considered the best boat ever built. In the episode, I explore his career as both boatman and designer in a poetic dialogue with Dante Alighieri, who similarly saw boats as technica...

Synonymous with timeless elegance and luxe refinement, Italian leather goods brand Tod’s will be opening its seasonal pop-up in the ultimate summer vacation destination hotspot, East Hampton. Setting upon the New York seaside haven for its second year in a row, the luxe locale spans 1,700 square-feet, seeking inspiration from the resplendent coasta...

The likes of Tesla and Porsche are about to gain a new competitor in the form of Aehra – an electric car maker headquarted in Milan aiming to blend ‘Italian design, world-class engineering and US customer service’. Three Aehra cars are planned so far. An electric SUV is penned for an October reveal this year and a saloon will be unveiled in Februar...

Iconic Italian design brand Alessi is celebrating its centennial with an exhibition titled, Alessi 100-001, curated as an exploration of the company's past, present and future. Staged inside Milan's Galleria Manzoni, the exhibition is creatively separated into two segments, as indicated by the name Alessi 100-001: the 100 represents the company's p...

On July 8, Valentino will walk the FW22 Haute Couture runway in Rome, "an unprecedented event," said Roberto Gualtieri, mayor of Rome. The set has not yet been fully unveiled, but the show is expected to span an area from Piazza Mignanelli to nearby Piazza di Spagna. "A way," in the words of CEO Jacopo Venturini, "to return an imagery related to fa...

Springtime in Italy is a beauty to behold with the temperature in the 30s. So were the assembled automobiles on the hallowed grounds of this lakeside piece of paradise, Villa d’Este. An elegant crowd gathered to admire the classic cars on show in the annual Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, an event that has been luring car enthusiasts to Lake Como...