S: The Man's Shop in Italy - January 2010 - by Brandon Baker
BC: Special thanks to our hosts Scott Lehmann, Mary Tilt, Mattia Mondani and the rest of the wonderful people at Hearst Magazine - Esquire USA & Magazine International.
FC: The Man's Shop in Italy January 2010 by Brandon Baker
1: Dear Friends, I recently had the pleasure of accompanying a group of retailers to Italy. I was one of about thirty across the country invited to be a guest of Esquire Magazine and the Italian Trade Commission. Their intention was to immerse us in all things Italian and hopefully in so doing our experiences would enhance our perspectives on Italian style. This book is my way of sharing the enthusiasm I experienced. It is because of all the support I have received from you that got me to this point as a retailer. Thank you so much for this opportunity, I hope you enjoy. Brandon Baker, Italian Style Aficionado
2: Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo of Florence)
3: Welcome to Firenze
4: Pitti Immagine focuses its attention on fashion's ability to be a marketing and communications paradigm for other merchandise categories and industries, and its multidisciplinary nature: fashion, design, architecture, entertainment, art. | Jack Mitchell (Left) Owner of Mitchells, Richards, Marsh's, Wilkes Bashford & Author of Hug Your Customer & Brunello Cucinelli Designer Brunello Cucinelli
5: Jack Mitchell (Left) Owner of Mitchells, Richards, Marsh's, Wilkes Bashford & Author of Hug Your Customer & Brunello Cucinelli (Right) Designer, Brunello Cucinelli
6: CORNELIANI Fashion Show
8: Dinner hosted by d'Avenza at Restaurant il Latini in Florence. Good thing we didn't have any vegetarians on our trip! | Jack Mitchell, Matt Duru & Me | Got meat?
9: Murry & Karen Penner of M.Penner, Houston, TX
10: CARUSO Factory Just outside of Parma, Italy | Caruso's factory is responsible for making apparel for a number of well known high end clothing labels.
11: Myself & Esquire Publisher Kevin O'Malley | Gabriel Camalo & myself | Surrounded by aging prosciutto
12: Fresh Parmesan cheese and prosciutto | Aging Parmesan | This round pit served as an ice box before electricity. Meat was packed with fresh snow to help preserve it longer.
13: These underground taverns provide ideal temperatures and humidity for optimal aging conditions of the prosciutto and Parmesan cheese produced here. This particular room pictured in both of these pages held the underground fireplace. Outside temps were currently in the 30's (Fahrenheit) and these underground rooms definitely needed these fireplaces to keep people warm I'm sure these fireplaces came in handy back in the day.
14: Welcome to MILANO | Pal Zileri
15: Pal Zileri
16: Duomo Forum Milan
18: Duomo di Milano
19: Da Vinci's Last Supper on Display at Cenacolo Vinciano in Milan | Went to visit Da Vinci's "Last Supper" only to find out there was a two week wait to view it.
20: Castello Sforzesco (Castle of Milan) Filarete Tower
21: Castello Sforzesco (Castle of Milan) Piazza delle Armi (Arms Yard)