Spring 2019 calls for Moccasins! About this argument I’ll suggest you some of the most glamorous new trends about Moccasins. It’s two years I have an obsession for loafers, a kind of shoes born purely for men. Surely my obsession results from my preference for sober, simple, linear, androgynous and male fashion that orients my outfits and stylistic choices towards this vision.
Penny Loafers. Thirties until today: brief history of fashion
I like to think about the origins of this beautiful accessory, which was born exclusively as a male model and its undergoes a profound and symptomatic evolution in form and style, dictated by the past historical ages. At the beginning these kind of shoes was hindered by fashion critic because they were considered similar to slippers, and their use was strongly discouraged to not look sloppy and agée; the moccasins as we actually know them today entered in a disruptive way in the thirties, with the name of Weejun Loafer. “Weejun” is the abbreviation of “norwegian” (the first forms of loafers are inspired by those of the Norwegian milk milkiners.) And “loafer”, in English, means “slacker”. They become a comfortable accessory to wear with informal clothing thanks to university students of the time. This is the period, in the USA, the moccasin is renamed with the name of “penny loafer”: this is because the university students had the habit of introducing a penny inside the lip-shaped mask.
Moccasins 2019: From informal shoe to symbol of elegance
From informal footwear moccasins become symbol of elegance, In the Eighties moccasin return popular thanks to revival of American casual style in the middle of twentieth century. In spite of this, contemporary American designers continue to customize and reinterpret several new models of moccasins. Over time and fashions penny loafers becomes a combination of elegance and comfort.
Back to us, as I told you, recently I developed a surreal and vain “moccasin syndrome” such as to roam in store after store, brand after brand in order to find the right one with a tapered and refined shape, improving the foot (where possible!). Looking latest new models for Spring/Summer 2019 I realised that really modern and trendy moccasins are very few.
Moccasin 2019: tips on how to wear it
First point: it’s not easy to wear them. If you are not high and thin enough the result will be not so exciting. Slim, slender legs joined to a confident and casual bearing in harmony with the pure and modern design of these shoes, are the winning prerequisites to be able to fit them in line with the underlying style philosophy. If the elements above are missing, I am sorry to admit it but the moccasin is not for you (and me!). I admit that I have only a part of requirements above mentioned but this did not make me move away from my habit.
Moccasins: The most glamorous new models for Spring Summer 2019
Colorful, animalier, fluo, jeans, with pattern and little stars: the models of Spring Summer 2019 are very glamorous and cool; Gucci, Tod’s, Car Shoe but also brands less known as Carro Positano, Frau, have in common vivacity and creativity. The colours are luminous and contemporary at the same time: different shades going from brown to vivid pink, from lemon yellow to violet, emphasizing elegance and beauty.
Essentially today the moccasin becomes more than a secondary element to the dress, an element of character and often the protagonist that inspires the outfit depending on the context in which you are. It is a distinctive element of a social status based on personality, on own mood of style today more than ever. And full of comfort I add!
I think that you cannot came to Italy, especially in Umbria, Tuscany or Marches without visiting several factory outlets and company stores spread all over this triangle of Italy. Several famous and exclusive firms of cashmere, shoes, home décor, design, fashion are produced right here so they worth a visit. Especially … for fashion addicted, these are the best destination for a very affordable shopping.
Mastro Raphael: an elegant italian firm of home textile decorations
Therefore We’ll start this fashion tour beginning from Spoleto, a little beautiful town located in Umbria, famous for its Two Worlds Festival and where one of most important Home Décor brand was born: Mastro Raphael. The founder of the firm based in Umbria, opened a small artisan workshop in 1966, followed by a bottega in Via Palazzo dei Duchi which is still the location of Mastro Raphaël’s store in Spoleto.
Mastro Rapahel is one of most renowned and elegant home decor firms and home textile decorations in Italy. It is a synonymous of timeless elegance and art of haute couture. Hand crafted collections embrace every need for textile furnishing ranging from the naturalness of its raw materials, such as linen, hemp, jute, cotton, silk and the iconic decorations of its designs.
A vocation that is also expressed by the naturalness of the colours: cotton, ivory, rope, warm gray, clay, like the natural one of linen fiber. Famous is the color “Terracotta”, one of the most loved in the 1970s, a distinctive color of the brand and evocative of its own cultural roots.
Mastro Raphael: a fashion factory store and its fabrics for home
Returning to the property space, which is located just inside Spoleto factory, it is possible to find countless items, fabrics, curtains, remnants, from the sponge, to silk, cotton, and furnishing fabrics. The curtains in particular can be found or already made or packaged, hand-embroidered cushions, linens of all kinds for the home, from linen to silk.
Depending on the period, the discounts vary, but they usually are around 30-50%. Obviously the presence of the entire collection in the factory store is not guaranteed, just as there are items belonging to the past collections but it is really worth taking a leap.
If you want to buy or visit the factory store , please write me!
I want to suggest you 4 best Boutique Homes among Umbria and Tuscany where to stay for an unforgettable holiday. If your intention is to realize a stay far from the usual holiday habits always devoted to the final choice of the ordinary hotel, which will direct your destination to the greenest heart of Italy, in Umbria on the border with Tuscany, and which be determined to stay this time in an exclusive “home location”, well you are in the right place.
Now I’ll suggest 4 unique and sophisticated locations located in the Umbrian-Tuscan countryside where modernity, design, contemporary luxury, and I add mysticism, are protagonist elements. A sharp and gritty contrast wrapped by silence and quiet of the Umbrian-Tuscan country which joined to glamour and exclusive touch of these boutique homes will render your vacation unique and special and really Italian.
4 boutique Homes among Umbria and Tuscany
Castello di Reschio
Reschio is a thriving, family-run estate whose history can be traced back to the beginning of the 11th Century located in the Umbrian-Tuscan border. Today it is undergoing restoration and will be transformed into a private hotel. Count and Countess Antonio Bolza fell in love with what was in 1994 a largely abandoned estate. Under their initial stewardship Reschio became a thriving working family estate with their renowned pureblood Andalusian stud at its heart. Over the past 20 years the Bolza family has restored its ancient Umbrian farms to create this little paradise.
The eight villas are eight treasure chests wisely furnished under the sign of design, home decor and attention to detail: Arrighi, Bell’aria, Brusceto, Noci, Palazzo, Piantaverna, Spinaltermine, contain all the contemporary comforts to enjoy and fully enjoy the tranquility and of the silence of the place where they are immersed. Each Villa can accommodate up to 14 people. At the entrance of the estate is the imposing Castle, which once housed the Umbrian-Tuscan border. La Tabaccaia di Reschio, at the foot of the hill below the castle, houses the administrative offices, the land management team, the architecture and design offices together with the B.B. for the Reschio furnishing and lighting laboratories The famous Reschio stables and its private Osteria, Enoteca and Bottega are located beyond the Castle. From there, miles of winding private mule tracks lead you to the hills and valleys of Reschio, where wild boars, deer, porcupines, pheasants, partridges and hares thrive in the ancient oak forests. Castello di Reschio Tabaccaia di Reschio, Lisciano Niccone (PG) Italia
Chiesa del Carmine – Perugia
Chiesa del Carmine takes its name from the ancient church at the centre of the Carmine Estate, located in the heart of Umbria, 20th minute north of Perugia and close to the Tuscan border. Where there was once an abandoned valley, there is now a thriving farm including ancient terraced olive groves, a 5.7 hectare vineyard, a truffle wood and pasture, producing a variety of organic produce. It is located at the foot of Monte Tezio in a protected valley, where the wildlife is abundant and nature thrives. To the south, is Monte Subasio and the town of Assisi, to the west, the ancient castle of Antognolla and to the north,ancient woodlands and the Appenine mountains. The property is divided into two structures, the first the ancient church and the second the farm house. The 13th century Chiesa with its adjoining farmhouse is now a country house for 14 guests. The attention to detail and use of the best local materials is the result of a choice of furniture dictated by Anglo-Saxon origin of owners combined with local, regional style. It is also expression of eclectic and globetrotter of them which is evidenced by painting, Buddha and carpets coming from Near and Far East. African masks and other furniture and paintings purchased in Umbria. As well as the ancient columns, the fountain, the external gate and the master bathroom, from local antique dealers.
Curiosity: in immediate proximity of the estate you find the Winery and olive grove. The wine and olive oil produced are available for guest. In the farm house is also possible to experimental truffle hunting. Chiesa del Carmine : Località Sodo Pulito Voc. S. Giuliana – Pierantonio 06019 Umbertide (PG) – Italia
Mazzini 31 – Monteleone di Orvieto
Mazzini 31 is a holiday destination truly exclusive and wonderful located in one of the corner more fascinating of Umbria close to the Tuscan border. It is a luxury and romantic residence with private pool, spa and cellar set against cliff face in front of Umbrian-Tuscany valley. An elegant and cozy refuge which its architectural and furniture concept was realized by Patrizio Fradiani, talented Italian architect now based on United States.
The boutique home is located in the heart of thetown of Monteleone d’Orvieto in a medieval building that has been modified over the course of four centuries and was eventually divided into numerous elegant noble residences in the 1800s. On the second floor of the building there is a beautiful terrace, the vaulted stables. Lastly the underground caves used to conserve local production of wine and olive oil.
“During the renewal process – says Patrizio -” we were amazed to discover the hidden inner beauty while we extracted layers of wallpaper, paint and plaster to reveal an enchanting combination of wall and ceiling frescoes that stretch for four centuries.” The passion for architecture, design, aesthetics and luxury has been so cleverly grafted into this wonderful architectural project that has become a housing and hospitality solution and transformed into a unique residence of its kind with 21st century comforts and old fashioned charm world. Mazzini 31 Via Mazzini, 31 05017 Monteleone D’orvieto TR
Casa di Luce Montone
The French windows that join the floor to the ceiling are the details that capture the attention once you cross the threshold of this exclusive and eclectic boutique home. This beautiful gem has become a contemporary haven thanks to the intimate and rational touch that the furnishings express.
The residence is immersed in over twenty hectares of private land in the splendid countryside overlooking the hilltop village of Montone. Famous resort chosen by Hollywood director Terry Gillian to create a beautiful film festival that has attracted fans and film lovers from all over the world for the past twenty years.
The villa has been carefully restored and furnished in a modern chic style that blends perfectly with the traditional stone walls and ancient ceilings with wooden beams. Particular attention has been paid to interior lighting to create an intimate but airy space. There are a total of four bedrooms, two of which are suites with bathrooms and private outdoor spaces. There is also an additional tower room, which can provide an additional sleeping space. Noteworthy is the infinity pool that characterizes the home. Casa di Luce, SP201, 06014 Montone PG
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