Photo Essay: A Night at Maserati’s Modena Factory

Celebrating the end of an era to make way for a new beginning

This week Maserati shuttered their 80-year-old factory in Modena, ending production of the iconic GranTurismo family of cars. It’s not a permanent closure; the space will be refurbished and retooled to prepare for their newest—yet to be named or shown—super-sports car. But before closing the modest production line where 12 cars are hand built each day, the brand decided to throw a dinner party. On …

Factory Visit: California’s Modernica Furniture

Tracing the people-powered process of making a fiberglass shell chair and more

Half a dozen buildings rise on Modernica‘s sprawling five-acre compound just south of DTLA proper. Here—in Vernon, California—the family-owned business awaits its 29th birthday. Brothers Frank and Jay Novak founded the furniture brand to honor and foster Southern California design and, along the way, Modernica became synonymous with the fiberglass shell chair—a product that’s still at the heart of what they do today. On the …

Factory Visit: Christian Louboutin’s Aurelien Production Facility

Exploring the masterful leather production of the acclaimed brand's new sneakers

Tuscany’s international renown stems from its nature and art—the beauty of the hills and the enduring magic of the Renaissance. The crafts of the region are also very well known—leather in particular. But most people are unaware of the level of sophistication and technology that such workmanship involves. Recently we were invited by Christian Louboutin to discover the complex production of Aurelien, the brand’s latest …