Kaylee Denmead

Kaylee Denmead was raised in New York and has taken a nine-month trip from the Fashion Institute of Technology campus in the city to live and study in Florence. For the remaining five months of her stay she is interning with The Florentine, studying fashion merchandising at Polimoda, improving her Italian, and tasting all the pappa al pomodoro she can.

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Thanking Florence

I booked my departure flight a year ago, when leaving for nine months felt like the craziest decision I’ve ever made. People have many reasons for leaving: maybe it’s the experience, the fact that all your friends are going, or the chance to see a new


FIT students end the semester in style

Students from the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Florence study abroad program will present their final projects on Wednesday, April 29 at 5pm at the Stibbert Museum. These second year fashion design students are graduating with their Associate degrees this spring, after spending either one semester or one year


How to dress for a Florentine spring

The weather has been heating up quickly over the last few weeks, but Italians are slow to shed their puffer coats and thick scarves. As a New Yorker, I’m finding the early onset of warmth incredible. My tolerance for snow must be at an all time low after


Sciltian exhibition at Villa Bardini

Spring has sprung up on the hill at Villa Bardini - and it's not just in the gardens with their breathtaking views over Florence.   A large retrospective exhibition is taking place at Villa Bardini dedicated to Gregorio Sciltian, the Russian painter who fled the country following the Bolshevik Revolution


Quality magazine launched

On March 31, a new digital publishing and networking project was presented on the first floor of Mercato Centrale Firenze. Dedicated to food and wine companies, Qualita aims to inform trade operators and the wider public about the people and firms who create unique food and wine products. The focus


The future of leather

photos of Florence's Scuola del Cuoio by Marco Badiani Florence is abuzz: on April 22 and 23, the city will host the first Condé Nast International Luxury Conference. Along with top fashion gurus—among them Karl Lagerfeld and Roberto Cavalli—attendees will include executives from Herm&


Vintage and thrift shopping in Florence

For those who enjoy the hunt for the perfect garment or accessory, Florence’s many vintage and thrift shops offer plenty of opportunities for adventure. However, there’s one factor to consider ...


Poetry on the wall

You have probably seen them around Florence: white posters containing just a few lines of poetry affixed on previously defaced walls or derelict buildings. They are the work of Movimento per l’Emancipazione della Poesia, which, for the past five years, has presented poetry in unexpected places. With its


Go Nordic!

You might be surprised the first time you catch someone power walking along the Arno with a ski pole in each hand and a look of determination on his or her face. A combination of cross-country skiing and hiking, Nordic walking is now a popular activity in Florence. Providing


How San Francisco fog inspired a Florentine mixologist

Jacopo Rosito is a Florentine with San Franciscan dreams and a talent for mixing cocktails. Rosito was the mixologist at the Four Seasons Florence hotel before spending a year in ...


3 days of children’s fashion: Pitti Bimbo 80

From January 22 to 24, the annual Pitti Bimbo trade show will be held at Florence’s Fortezza da Basso. Now in its 80th year, the tradeshow is one of the most important events on the international youth fashion and children’s clothing fashion scene.   Open to


How to dress for studying in Florence

It is quite the task to fit nine months and four seasons of clothing (and shoes!) into two suitcases, so when the time came to pack for my study-abroad year in Italy, I asked everyone who might be able to help to clue me in on what I should


Pitti Uomo 87 trend review

My awareness of how well everyone was dressed started bright and early on a 7:30am flight from Frankfurt to Florence on Tuesday morning. Having already flown from New York to Frankfurt, complete with a delay thanks to freezing rain in NY and a layover at 5:15 AM when