09 JANUARY '23 | LIFESTYLE
The origin of the pochette, or pocket square, seems to date back to the banks of the Nile River in ancient Egypt. Apparently, the people of that area used the ancestor of this accessory both as a cloth to wipe away the sweat and toil of hard work, but also as an object to flaunt their wealth. Today, the clutch bag is used as a distinctive element in men's outfits, synonymous with class, attention to detail and self-care, able to adapt to solemn, formal, business and even more casual contexts.
14 NOVEMBER '22 | LIFESTYLE
A signature accessory in a true gentleman's wardrobe, the scarf has over more than 2000 years of history behind it. It is perhaps one of the oldest in the world of accessories: ever since man learnt to weave cloth, he has been wrapping his head and neck in these worked fabrics that bring to mind the modern scarf. Once worn to shelter and protect oneself from both cold and heat, it then became an element to distinguish oneself from the masses and to flaunt one's wealth, until it became a refined and classy accessory not only for women's fashion, but especially in the male universe.
21 OCTOBER '22 | THE ORIGINS
The history of the scarf has its roots in the past. The first peoples to start using an accessory similar to the one we know today were the Egyptians and Romans. In Egypt, the scarf was a symbol of power, proof of the social position to which one belonged. The headdress of the Pharaohs was in fact a twisted scarf, fastened at the back with a knot and falling long over the shoulders. For the Romans, on the other hand, the “Sudarium” was a kind of scarf that was used tied around the waist or around the neck to wipe away sweat. Historical finds dating back to the 3rd century BC testify to its use in the Far East as well. The terracotta statuettes of the Qin Shi Huang dynasty army of soldiers have one carved around their necks.
14 OCTOBER '22 | THE ORIGINS
A way to express oneself, one's personality and character. Accessories are an important sphere of the clothing world, worn mainly to enhance an outfit, make it unique and special. Sometimes to give a slightly more casual air to an outfit, other times to add a touch of style and elegance to a dress or suit. The beauty of accessories is precisely that they can tell their own story and express themselves as freely and personally as possible. A real world to discover that of accessories, which for centuries has accompanied the way of being of each of us.
13 JULY '22 | LIFESTYLE
A timeless icon: a favourite accessory of the divas of the 1950s and 1960s, the foulard or carré is a refined, lightweight and extremely versatile headscarf. It can be worn and knotted in a variety of ways: around the neck, as a headdress or to adorn one's handbag with class. The carré, in the universe of women's accessories, leaves ample space for imagination. There are many different ways to wear this refined square of fabric.
22 DECEMBER '21 | CHRISTMAS
"Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much."
The gift is a well-established custom today, especially at certain times of the year and for particular occasions. One above all, of course, is Christmas. On this occasion, it is normal to find ourselves thinking and having to choose the right gift. A gesture so profound that it has its roots at the dawn of human civilization: this is where the history of Christmas gifts begins.
27 OCTOBER '21 | SPORT
"Sport consists in delegating to the body some of the highest virtues of the soul."
For 130 years now Fumagalli 1891, the oldest Italian tiemaker, has been producing garments that can convey the philosophy of the brand itself, characterized by a strong passion for art and culture. And in the new collection "The Sport Origins" this philosophy is inextricably linked to the love for sports and history: in nine precious scarves, Fumagalli 1891 tells the story of some of the most loved sports, retracing the fundamental stages thanks to vintage and detailed illustrations.
14 MAY '21 | LIFESTYLE
Today we are going to have some little talks with Mitchell Moss. He’s originally from northeast Indiana, but have lived in Nashville for three years; he write for his blog, Menswear Musing, and he’s one of Fumagalli friend’s and lovers. He works in the creative field for his church organization as an editor, writer, photographer and designer; he’s father of two small boys and husband for 11 years.
"My passion for tailoring and style began sometime during my time at university. I can’t pinpoint any specific cause, but I will say that my dad has always dressed well, and my older brother has, too, My interest in tailoring stems primarily from how flattering tailored clothing is, and in the boost of self-confidence that comes when I wear it."
Photo by Menswearmusing
10 Mar '21 | textile art
Silk-printing in the Como area dates back to the end of the past century (around 1880). At first, it was carried out on some 65-feet-long tables, where pieces of fabric were laid down and printed with incised blocks of pear-wood, sometimes reinforced with engraved brass plates reproducing the motif. At times they were heavier and made of tin or lead. The blocks were duly passed in a colour medium according to the palette of the composition, initially executed on grease-proof paper. The blocks, whose number depended upon the number of shades (up to 20), were patiently and thoroughly pressed one by one against the fabric. Though simple, this hand-printing technique gave remarkable results for colour brightness.
04 Feb '21 | Lifestyle
This week we are pleased to interview one of Fumagalli friends and lover. His name is David Venegas , born in Seville the capital of Andalusia, he managed an hotel in the beautiful setting of Djerba, Tunisia, and he has a interesting blog. Family, travel, sport and elegance are his passions and he spends his life always searching for happiness, respecting others.
"Since I was little I liked to look at the clothes of those elegant men who appeared in the movies, from the oldest like Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca", to those of Agent 007, James Bond. Also my parents raised me from a young age on the need to always look good in a neat manner. I remember I really loved seeing my father's collection of ties in his dressing room as he tied his tie every morning in front of the mirror."
Photo by David Venegas
19 mar '20 | textile art
Now let’s fly to Ireland, considered, in combination with Scotland, the home of tweed. Tweed emerged is Scotland and Ireland as a work suit, as a way for the farmers to battle the chilly climate that characterizes those lands. Only during the nineteenth century the wearing of tweed become a gentleman’s way of dressing.The homeland of Irish tweed is the county of Donegal, where even today it weaves on wooden looms. Donegal is a fabric with carded and buttoned weft yarn and semi-combed in the warp.
Weft and warp in donegal are dyed in various tints, in fact donegal provides for the insertion of threads with bold colours.The characteristics of Donegal are the rough surface and the sandblasted appearance, mottled in different colors, with many wool particles, called "buttons" coloured on the surface and the sweet hand.
Its colours in ancient times also indicated the social status of its wearer: kings could use up to seven colours, poets and bards six, warriors three and servants one. The colours had different origins: green came from heather, brown from peat, dark red from lichen scratched off rocks, purple from myrtle.In antiquity considered a winter fabric it was mostly used for jackets and sports suits
18 mar '20 | textile art
Melange yarn seems to have French origins, probably related to embroidery and needles. The embroidery art is now mostly widespread among women but is well known that in the past was a man occupation.The melange yarn is usually composed by 2,3 or 4 threads and every yarn is paired with other two twisted. In silk we usually couple two yarns. Different fibers proportion in the blend modify the melange yarn uniqueness. Being a different colours blend, the beauty of these yarns is that they crate different and never regular nuances in the final fabric. The best features and the uniqueness of this fabric are expressed through spotted games and effects.Melange is a chromatic effect that is created mixing different colour fibres during the wick formation process. On the texture surface is defined a chromatic effect whereby different colour blend to each other.