Situated in a small hilltop town near the Ionian Sea in the Basilicata region of Southern Italy is Palazzo Margherita, is an intimate resort owned by director Francis Ford Coppola. A former 19th century mansion houses nine charming rooms, each decorated with hand-painted fresco ceilings and restored marble floors, private courtyards and lush gardens. And not only does the hotel serve homemade Italian cuisine, it also shows old Italian movies nightly in the salon. Sounds like a dream, right? Andiamo, let’s go!
Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean just kills it collection after collection. The styling is always spot on as it really doesn’t get better than impeccably tailored wax printed cottons paired with vintage-inspired tees, menswear button downs, bold jewelry and of course, silk head wraps. The combinations are outrageously cool and endless and needless to say, I’m completely obsessed.
Yulia Brodskaya is a master at the art of quilling, using strips of colorful paper that is rolled, shaped and glued to create the most magnificent works of art. As much as I absolutely love her typography, as seen in Startbucks or Hermès ads, I am most impressed with her portrait series. Yulia so brilliantly challenges the limitations of traditional quilling techniques by bringing these three dimensional portraits to life. Each of her subjects have the most poignant and emotional facial expressions . . . they’re simply extraordinary!
With the sun out and with the music festival season just around the corner, the one and only accessory you really need is a wide brim wool felt hat. Any one of Janessa Leone‘s menswear inspired hats make the perfect statement while still looking effortlessly chic. Her sophomore collection, entitled Shadows, consists of 8 timeless hats meant to be passed down to many future generations.
My love affair with rugs began in Turkey with kilims. And now, the obsession continues with India’s dhurries. Sweden designers Lina Zedig and Marcus Åhrén explore new cultures and age-old techniques for creating one of a kind dhurries in their nomadic studio. Each Oyyo dhurrie is handwoven by a group of artisans who live just outside of Jodhpur, India’s blue city, with 100% organic cotton and richly pigmented, vegetable dyes. Honestly, need!