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Elio Fiorucci

The inventor of the 'fashion' jean
by Brenda Dionisi (issue no. 115/2009 / January 28, 2010)
Fashion designer, entrepreneur, talent scout, trendsetter, and among the world's first mass communication gurus: all these terms describe Fiorucci. The focus of the exhibit Elio Fiorucci: Fashion Jeans Inventor Histoire, at Studio Art Centers International (SACI) until February 12, Fiorucci is foremost a fashion visionary. ‘After introducing …

'Indiana Jane' strikes again - part II

An interview with Jane Fortune
by Alexandra Lawrence (issue no. 111/2009 / November 5, 2009)
I recently sat down with Jane Fortune, author of Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence, due out later this month from The Florentine Press. ‘Indiana Jane' has spent the past five years scouring archives and haunting the recesses of some of …

'Indiana Jane' strikes again

An interview with Jane Fortune
by Alexandra Lawrence (issue no. 110/2009 / October 22, 2009)
I recently sat down with Jane Fortune, author of Invisible Women: Forgotten Artists of Florence, due out later this month from The Florentine Press. ‘Indiana Jane' has spent the past five years scouring archives and haunting the recesses of some of Florence's most revered museums in …

An interview with James Bradburne

Director of Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi
by Alexandra Lawrence (issue no. 97/2009 / March 12, 2009)
After having worked in Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and other cities in North America, what is your take on Florence? Is it a cosmopolitan city?   Florence is the most extraordinary city I have ever lived in. I say this for two main …

An interview with British Consul Moira Macfarlane

by Alexandra Lawrence (issue no. 96/2009 / February 26, 2009)
The British economy is undoubtedly going through a difficult period lately; how has this affected tourism to Tuscany?   The UK is in the same situation as everyone else-no one knows what the future will hold and tourism is increasingly more expensive. However, the British have …

An interview with Scott Schuman

by Ami Li (issue no. 93/2008 / January 15, 2009)
Scott Schuman is a photographer and blogger best known as the Sartorialist. Since its inception in 2005, his eponymous blog has been a driving force in both the fashion industry and fashion blogging, as well as being a showcase of one …

An interview with Felice Limosani

Concept designer
by Brenda Dionisi (issue no. 92/2008 / December 11, 2008)
When I walked into Felice Limosani's office overlooking Piazza Duomo on a brisk November afternoon, I had the impression that this would not be your ordinary interview. Entering the beautiful palazzo on via Roma and the office just above the Luisa Via Roma store, where …

An interview with Caterina Bellandi

by Alexandra Lawrence (issue no. 91/2008 / November 27, 2008)
Pronto, Alexandra? Sono Milano25. I'm on my way to your office, why don't you come down and we'll do the interview in my cab?'   Most people living in Florence are familiar with the white PT Cruiser decorated with flowers, driven by a woman sporting a huge …

An interview with Mary Ellen Countryman

United States Consul General in Florence
(issue no. 90/2008 / November 13, 2008)
What are your goals as consul general in Florence?   The consulate has a dual mission: to strengthen the good relations between Italy and the U.S., and to aid, when they need it, the American citizens who live here and visit. Our consular district includes Emilia …

An interview with Michael Tucker & Jill Eikenberry

by Alexandra Lawrence (issue no. 89/2008 / October 30, 2008)
Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry are best known for their Emmy-nominated roles on the long-running television hit, LA Law. Married for 35 years, the two now divide their time between stage acting in Manhattan and their stone rustico in the Umbrian countryside. Currently starring in …

An interview with Gina Lollobrigida

by Margreta Moss (issue no. 88/2008 / October 16, 2008)
Gina Lollobrigida is more than actress and Italian cinema icon. She is a great lady with many talents. Her high spirits, charming smile and strong character have made her a living legend. The Florentine caught up with her in the Sant'Agostino church, surrounded by her …

An interview with Marina Calamai

by Laci Coppins (issue no. 87/2008 / October 2, 2008)
Walking into to the Limonaia at Palazzo Medici Riccardi you may be surprised to see a giant cake inviting you to come inside. If you take the installation up on its offer, you'll hear a voice reciting Lorenzo de' Medici's poetry in various languages. …

An interview with Patricia Kinsella

by Marco Badiani (issue no. 85/2008 / September 4, 2008)
Patricia Kinsella is the curator of the Prato Textile Museum's current exhibit, Superhuman Performance. A collection of over 80 garments, uniforms, kits and accessories, the exhibition boasts sportswear from past and present champion athletes, including Gino Bartali, Gustavo Thoeni, Valentino Rossi, Lance Armstrong, Alberto Tomba, …

An interview with Jenufa Gleich

by Alexandra Lawrence (issue no. 84/2008 / July 24, 2008)
Jenufa Gleich is one to watch. This American opera singer graced the stage at Carnegie Hall before making her move to Florence in pursuit of realizing her dreams in the birthplace of opera. She makes her Italian debut on July 24 the soprano …

An interview with Marco Stabile

Chef at Ora d'Aria Restaurant
by Marco Badiani (issue no. 83/2008 / July 10, 2008)
Guides, bloggers, food-lovers and critics consider Marco Stabile, head chef at Ora d'Aria restaurant on via Ghibellina, one of the most important chefs in Florence. His restaurant has grown with patience and dedication; sustained and promoted by proprietor Luca Bellandi, and …

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