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Amelia Éclectique

    Originally hailing from Dublin, Amelia Éclectique pens fashion and culture articles from her newly adopted home of Florence. Continuing on a writing ethos that champions the most eclectic of emerging design talents and creative innovators, you’ll find her fawning over the city’s abundance of gold-embellished ceilings and uncovering vintage treasure troves. @ameliaeclectique / www.lafemmeeclectique.com

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    ART + CULTURE

    The godfather of fragrance: René Le Florentin

    As Pitti Fragranze’s annual fixture wafts through Florentine streets, the industry’s sharpest and future-filtering noses follow suit. Much like Pitti Uomo’s preserve as global trailblazer of menswear trends, Fragranze has ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Six scents of Florence

    Confession time, for context: my senses aren’t exactly the sharpest. Coming from a moderately myopic family, some visual impairment is probably inevitable, but my stubbornness to embrace neither specs nor ...

    NEWS

    Pitti Immagine Uomo turns 30

    Florence’s streets will soon be awash with a panoply of Pitti attendees. Their impeccably tailored, jubilant presence is par for the course each January and June, but with Pitti Immagine Uomo celebrating its 30th birthday this season, the volume of spectators and spectacles is set to balloon.

    ART + CULTURE

    Made-in-Florence fashion publications

    With the Tuscan capital submerged in a swirl of Pitti-goers—their sartorial flamboyancy dancing across monochromatic cobblestones—why does a scarcity of fashion titles continue to endure? For long-celebrated runway capitals and ...

    COMMUNITY

    The four fashion types you’ll meet in Florence

    While first-time travellers to the Tuscan capital may expect a city awash with colourfully clad locals, in reality most Florence dwellers don’t look as if they were plucked straight from ...

    FOOD + WINE

    5 sweet treats from Tuscany

    Pici pasta and Sangiovese may have captivated global gourmands, but Tuscany’s lesser-known culinary offerings, crafted with home-grown, flora-filled ingredients, cater to even the sweetest of appetites.

    NEWS

    Met Gala fashion and Florentine embroidery

    A key part of "Heavenly Bodies" explores the influence of Catholicism on fashion over the years, and while this may, partly, manifest in the Met through jewel-encrusted crosses adorning racy dresses, the Church played a crucial role in the flourishing textile trade of Renaissance Florence.

    ART + CULTURE

    Sartorial subversion in Florence

    The “wear whoever, whatever, whenever we want” mantras of 2018 could not be further removed from the clothes-curbing, classist ethos of early Renaissance Florence governments. “Sumptuary law”—legislation that, by its ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Sorcerers without apprentices: Leonardo Becucci

    As Florentine tourist tracks go, the streets encircling the Accademia’s entrance are some of the city’s most congested. Constantly filled with art-frenzied visitors, all of whom are eager to get ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Sorcerers without apprentices: Simone Fiordelisi

    For many a seasoned Florentine sojourner, artisans of little- or largely-known status are as crucial a part of the city’s fabric as its best-loved landmarks. From the long-frequented jewellery purveyors ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Six degrees of sculpting

    Little can be said on the subject of Michelangelo Buonarroti that has not already spawned centuries-long discussions and analyses. Michelangelo’s career inaugurated “the cult of personality” that elevated the role ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Three-generational strings, one bow

    Comfortably nestled in the character-filled surroundings of their via della Dogana workshop, the extraordinary Vettori family are weaving a sonorous tale of their inceptive ties to violin making. “Our grandfather ...

    ART + CULTURE

    A Florentine fashion revolution

    Florence’s intrinsic ties to slow design make it an optimum base for sustainable fashion makers. Whether you consider yourself a fast-fashion aficionado or a trend-following neophyte, even the briefest of ...

    THINGS TO DO

    Summer camps in the Florence area

    Read the 2018 article here.   Entertain your little tykes and teenagers with this eclectic mix of campi estivi. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF FLORENCE Rooted in the expertise and commitment to student-centered ...

    ART + CULTURE

    Florence in bloom

    An Ephemeral “Museum” of Fashion may be entering the rankings of the city’s “must-see” attractions, but Florence’s position as a fifth fashion capital is anything but transitory. In an age ...

    Lifestyle

    Florence in technicolour

    Whether perusing the inside of a fresco-filled palace or visually absorbing the Uffizi’s jewel-toned artworks, there could be little doubt in the minds of visitors and locals that Florence is ...

    THINGS TO DO

    Conscious kids shopping in Florence

    From eco-kidswear purveyors to long-treasured toymakers, these children’s boutiques seamlessly balance modern-day innovation and old-school charm.

    Lifestyle

    Four imaginative design duos in Florence

    In a city long celebrated for its inherent abundance of familial artisans—from multi-generational bookbinders to dexterous father-and-son marblers—it comes as little surprise that a new epoch of fratelli creativi is ...

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