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Leather 101: The art and science of purchasing leather in Florence

An interview with Italian designer Jennifer Tattanelli
by Sponsored Page  (issue no. 56/2007 / May 17, 2007)
Florence is famous for its leather goods, from shoes and accessories to clothing. But with so many stores and so much to choose from, how can a buyer be sure of making a good choice?We went to the Casini leather stores …

An interview with Natalia Guicciardini Strozzi

Florentine actress, writer and vintner
(issue no. 56/2007 / May 17, 2007)
Florentine actress, writer and vintner, Natalia Giucciardini Strozzi was recently confirmed as a descendant of the Mona Lisa.  She is the daughter of Prince Girolamo Giucciardini Strozzi and Irina Reine. Her autobiography, Facile da ricordare, published in Italian by Polistampa, was …

An interview with Patrizia Gucci

Fashion designer, writer and painter
(issue no. 55/2007 / May 3, 2007)
Patrizia Gucci is daughter of designer Paolo Gucci and great granddaughter of Guccio Gucci, founder of the famous fashion house. She worked for the family company in the international public relations department until 1994, before establishing her own fashion line for …

An Interview with Rab Hatfield

Art historian
(issue no. 54/2007 / April 19, 2007)
Trained at Harvard, professor Rab Hatfield taught at Yale for five years before coming to Florence to head the Art History Department at Syracuse University. The majority of his research deals with Renaissance art, with a particular emphasis on Michelangelo and …

An Interview with Pino Carbone

Gyrotonics master, inventor of training system 'Bodycode'
(issue no. 53/2007 / April 5, 2007)
Gyrotonics master Pino Carbone studied ballet from the time he was an infant. He danced professionally throughout the world, in places like Hong Kong, Finland, and New York City. He was born into a family of dancers; his uncle of the …

An Interview with Giannozzo Pucci

Pioneer of the national movement for organic agriculture in Italy, founder member of ASCI
(issue no. 52/2007 / March 22, 2007)
Nephew of Emilio Pucci, the famed fashion designer, Giannozzo Pucci is a leading advocate and founding member of the environmental and anti-nuclear movement in Italy. Essayist of Florentine culture and architecture, with a Ph.D. in political science, he created the Fierucola, …

An Interview with Ippolita Morgese

Medici Archive Project President
(issue no. 51/2007 / March 8, 2007)
Ippolita Morgese studied the history of music at the University of Florence and earned her postgraduate degree in musical palaeography at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. She later earned another degree, in archival practice, palaeography and diplomatic studies, …

An Interview with Camilla Torna

Florentine-born graphic designer, visualizer and illustration professor
(issue no. 50/2007 / February 22, 2007)
Camilla Torna is a Florentine-born graphic designer, visualizer and illustration professor at Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence. She has lived in New York City, Turin, and Vienna for a total of 10 years and has thus gained different perspectives …

An interview with Antonina Bargellini

Daughter of '1966 Flood Mayor' Piero Bargellini
by Elia Celestina Della Chiesa (issue no. 49/2007 / February 8, 2007)
‘How fortunate indeed is your Firenze, to have as Mayor a man like you, so sensitive to her beauty’ Jacqueline Kennedy   Assessor of Education, Culture and the Environment under Giorgio La Pira in the 1950s, Piero Bargellini became mayor of Florence in 1966. …

An Interview with Giovanna Ferrer

Director of Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund
by Vicci Recckio (issue no. 48/2007 / January 25, 2007)
Giovanna Ferrer was once the director of International Public Relations for Salvatore Ferragamo, drove a sports car, and lived in the centre of Florence. Since then she moved on to a board of director’s seat for the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund, …

An Interview with Jules Maidoff

Founder of SACI, Studio Art Centers International
(issue no. 46/2006 / December 14, 2006)
Artist Jules Maidoff, currently celebrating his 33rd year in Florence, has exhibited his paintings in over 200 one-person exhibitions around the world. His artwork has been presented in major ret-rospective museum exhibits in Pisa, Orvieto and San Giovanni Valdarno in Italy, …

An Interview with Contessa Simonetta Brandolini D'Adda

Founder of Friends of Florence
by Nita Tucker (issue no. 45/2006 / November 30, 2006)
The Contessa is married to an Italian count and has lived in Italy for over 33 years. In 1998, she started Friends of Florence, a non-profit foundation that raises money to preserve Florence’s artistic legacy.  The organization has raised millions of …

An Interview with Stefano Ricci

Fashion designer
by Nita Tucker (issue no. 44/2006 / November 16, 2006)
Stefano Ricci has designed men’s clothing for over 30 years.  His line, with suits costing up to $30,000, is considered the most luxurious and expensive in the world. What inspired you to become a fashion designer? Walking through the streets of Florence as …

An Interview with Maurizio Serracini

The man behind the real Da Vinci mystery
by Nita Tucker (issue no. 43/2006 / November 2, 2006)
For centuries, the whereabouts of Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterwork, a painting of the Battle of Anghiari, has been one of the art world’s greatest mysteries. This painting, said to be the ‘school of the world,’ has sparked debate among contemporary artists, …

An Interview with Lisa Clifford

Australian author
(issue no. 42/2006 / October 19, 2006)
Australian author Lisa Clifford turned her real-life, mixed-cultural romance with her Italian husband into a popular novel. Her book, The Promise, is currently being made into a movie and is beginning its third year of film production. This interview took place …

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