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14 MAY '21 | LIFESTYLE

5 May '21 | lifestyle

REGIMENTAL TIES: THE STRIPED DESIGN FROM THE TIME OF IDEALS TO THE PRESENT DAY

Everything began in 1880 in London, at the exclusive Exeter College of Oxford. At that time, almost by chance, some members of the college’s Regata Club, created the first “School Tie”. They tied a red and black ribbon around their necks, following a trend of identification already existing in the military. In fact, specific colours and stripes were proudly worn by every member of a military brigade, creating an identifiable unit. The same word “regimental” comes from the Latin “regime”, a rule or system of order, referring to military organization. So it was that in the early years of the twentieth century, the use of Regimental ties spread like wildfire. Each member of sports clubs at the prestigious colleges of Oxford and Cambridge, wore a Regimental tie.

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19 Mar '21 | lifestyle

"GREEN PEA" & FUMAGALLI 189I FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

On December 8th, 2020, opened “Green Pea”, the new eco-sustainable mall, in Turin. The project was conceived by Oscar Farinetti, inventor of the Italian food chain “Eataly” and “Fico” in Bologna. Part of a colossal requalification of Turin’s ex-industrial Carpano Lingotto zone, “Green Pea” has already reaped enough success to foresee the creation of ten more concept stores abroad, from London to Paris, from the USA to China, from Japan to Canada and to the United Arab Emirates. The entire structure is an expression of architecture in which the protagonists are natural materials, vegetation and light. Every detail of the building is resilient, eco-sustainable and respectful of the environment. The keyword of the whole project is “RESPECT.”

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10 Mar '21 | textile art

05 Mar '21 | textile art

THE FOUR SENSES OF A SILK TIE: THE CREATIVE ART OF COMO

The success of the Italian tie industry in the world is essentially based on the quality of fabric, achieved by means of an accurate and thorough production process. In this case, "Italian " means primarily from the Como area, the world’s capital of silk fashion, whose reputation goes back to the 1920s, when Lyon, Vienna and London started declining in the market. In those years, the textiles manufactured in the Como area achieved international fame, due to their inventive flair. In particular, qualities such as softness, smoothness, chromatic brightness, a refined touch and consistency rendered the fabric of extremely high quality.

photo by Silk Museum Como

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24 Feb '21 | lifestyle

WHAT IS THE ELEGANCE IN A MAN

Having taste, elegance and personality: all are innate and perfected qualities. It’s true, but does a man really dress elegantly, only for himself? Have you ever asked yourself if we would use the same care that we take in dressing elegantly, if it weren’t for the remorseless judgement of women? Without a female presence, above all, refined, men let themselves “go:” whether it’s a little or a lot, depends on our class and education, and it doesn’t really matter. However, men definitely have to admit that we dress well primarily for women. There was a time when men dressed themselves in clothes that today could be referred to as “vintage.” A man was considered well-dressed, only if the fabric were expensive ...

photo of Sofia Loren e Marcello Mastroianni

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16 Feb '21 | lifestyle

HOW TO MAKE A GIFT: IS IT BETTER TO GIVE A TIE ORA A SCARF?

Choosing a considerate gift is always a unique experience, because it means taking care of a relationship with an important gesture. It can be a caress, or perhaps an act of recognition and appreciation, which enrich the relationship. In primitive societies, giving a present represented an exchange through which relationships were created, not only between individuals, but among entire societies. In this way, new relationships were born and social systems were conserved. The French anthropologist and sociologist Marcell Mauss, in 1923, in his book The Gift, after having studied extensively the meaning of gift-giving in archaic societies, wrote, “A gift has the magical power of stabilizing a relationship with another individual, or  others. It is a supernatural force, a spiritual power, a symbolic strength that can be interpreted with vital force.”

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04 Feb '21 |  Lifestyle

27 Gen '21 | the origins

THE HISTORY OF FUMAGALLI FOUNDATION

History is a great present, and never just a past.Fumagalli & Pianca weaving mill started its operational in Milan, under the leadership of Germano Fumagalli.In Milan, during the industrious Belle Epoque, Attilio Fumagalli, driven by the desire to create a high quality product and with a great family textile tradition, started the production of ties in gauze and dressing gowns in silk. The factory workrooms is located at Via Sirtori 22 - Milano. During those years, at the end of 1800's, it was normal practice to go into the old headquarter in via Sirtori to get a tie made from Fumagalli gauze. After choosing a design from the archive, you could watch your tie woven ...

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22 Gen '21 | the origins

THE MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AROUND ONE'S NECK : THE TIE

Whether striped, wide, solid-coloured or printed, today, the tie is known for its elegance.

Photo by MingShine - MS bespoke, Master of style- Taipei,Taiwan

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20 Gen '21 | textile art

THE STORY OF MARCO POLO

More than seven centuries have passed and we talk about Marco Polo, a very young boy who started one of the most famous journeys in history. His life is then told in his famous book "Il Milione". Those were the years around the end of the 1200s and in his journey between time and space, our history begin between past and present.Marco Polo's father and uncle had already traveled the mythical Silk road many years ago: The long commercial route that connected Europe to Asia.  Marco Polo, still a teenager, instead participated in the second trip of 1271 which brought him for the first time to China, after a long and tiring journey of two and a half years, through seas & mountains...

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19 mar '20 | textile art

01 Apr '20 | tailoring

A FEW KNOTS...

“In an elegant world, an irreproachable tie knot is an essencial part of one’s toilette; it doesn’t metter whether the knot is simple or complicated, because the art is what counts ..."
Doctor A.Debray- Hygiène vestimentarie-1857

Photo by Fabio Attanasio @fabioattanasio

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26 Mar '20 | tailoring

HAND MADE TIES: BEHIND THE SCENES

Blade, collar, tail, lining, tip, self-loop, bar-tack and thread.
All the stages of creation must be done with extreme care and precision Every single accessory is full of love and attention to detail, and every single detail makes the product special and unique.
The hand made tie is composed of three parts which are obtained by cutting along the outline drawn on the cloth.

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16 Sept '20 | tailoring

HAND MADE SCARVES: HOW & WHY?

Behind the production of a handmade scarf there is a long process that is based on a love for detail, creativity and style. In this way Fumagalli makes each of his scarves a unique piece. The combination of the work of several skilled craftsmen and the maniacal attention to detail make Fumagalli’s scarves so special,being able to meet the needs and demands of each customer. Every year, for each season Fumagalli offers different designs combined with as many variations to satisfy customers and the style of the moment.

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18 mar '20 | textile art

18 Mar '20 | textile art

THE MAGIC OF ENGLISH GAUZE AND GERMANO FUMAGALLI'S ADVENTURES

It's a long story coming from the period of the English Industrialization. It was in fact in 1809, in England, that an English creative called John Heathcoat built the first loom suited to produce the woven one in gauze. It seems that it was built in Loughborough a mill expressly to store the ingenious machine, ready to weave the new fabric.Some years later,in 1816, a "Luddites group" invaded the mill and burned it. There was the risk to loose the traces of a so genious creation. The Luddites was a popular movement developed in England at the beginning of XIX century, marked from the fight against the introduction of machinery.

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18 Mar '20 | textile art

THE INVENTION OF MESSIEUR JACQUARD

Jacquard fabric takes its name from Joseph Marie Jacquard, its inventor. In Lyon he invented a loom thanks to which you could create fabrics with incredible weaving possibilities. At the Exposition des Produits de Industrie National of Paris in 1801, he presented a mechanism that applied to the manual loom made mechanical  the selection of wires for weave the design onto the fabric.

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18 Mar '20 | textile art

THE HISTORY OF PRINTED TIES

Printed fabrics are assumed to be originating in a small town: Macclesfield, situated in Cheshire country in England.

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