Walking into Italian architect Gaetano Pesce’s studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the first thing you notice is the smell: wet paint. “Sorry about that,” his studio assistant says. “We’re finishing the structure for this cabinet—Sole.” Just as quickly, your other senses kick in—music thumps and machines buzz. Sun pours in through the windows, gliste...

Mono-brand retail offers the customer a total brand experience, from apparel to accessories and even brand extensions such as watches, jewelry and perfumes. Quite often, mono-brand retail is led by a “ flagship” store that represents brand culture and values throughout the total collection. In short, this type of retail in intriguing to view from a...

No conversation about midcentury Italian fashion would be complete without a mention of Emilio Pucci. But the renowned designer frequently moved beyond clothing, expanding his oeuvre to include rugs, furniture, and porcelains, three categories that are the basis of the new book Unexpected Pucci ($90, Rizzoli). The volume was compiled by Pucci’s dau...

Last week I gathered most of the remaining tomatoes from the eight plants on our patio, leaving only enough on the vines for salads and sandwiches at summer’s end. I could have used the small harvest to add to stews, soup or baked vegetable dishes, but a memory of my great-grandmother drew me to a simpler magic. Nonna and my great-grandfather arriv...

With ghosts and goblins everywhere and Halloween just around the corner, I figured it’s a great time to talk about one of my favorite motifs in art: memento mori. Memento mori is Latin for “remember death.” The phrase is believed to have originated from an ancient Roman tradition in which a servant would stand behind a victorious general as he para...

Italian Ducati-brand motorcycles have long been known as premium products, with a heritage of racing and sports bikes. Hardly a volume manufacturer, Ducati produces about 50,000 two-wheelers per year, with Italy as the biggest market and the U.S. as an important secondary. North America is 20 to 22 percent of global sales. The U.S. motorcycle marke...

A new tenant unfolding at The Forum in Wilmington brings Italian menswear to the shopping center on Military Cutoff Road. Baldini for Men is set to replace Spectrum Fine Jewelry, which is going out of business after more than 20 years in the Port City. Luis Cepeda is opening the men's clothing store, which will be stocked with nearly everything a m...

Riva has always been at the top of the Richter Scale of cool. The wooden Italian speedboats ooze glamour and sophistication, especially when they were so famously owned and graced by the likes of Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon, Sophia Loren, and power duo Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor--the mid-century equivalent of Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

It’s breakfast somewhere in Southern Tuscany and my husband is rolling his eyes because I’m devouring a plate of pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. Italians can be insufferable when it comes to food and my own born-and-bred Toscano makes for the most annoying mealtime companion, complaining about everything from drinking soda with dinner to mixin...

People's habits change in subtle ways when they move abroad, and in food-obsessed Italy the changes are most obvious when it comes to eating and drinking. When you rst move it's likely you'll still be craving foods from home or (if you're like me) pouring milk into your tea for some time. But sooner or later you'll nd you've ditched your old ways a...