Exploring the World of Vermouth With Martini & Rossi

We visit the botanical fields in Pessione to learn about the misunderstood, herbaceous libation

Anyone who has enjoyed a martini, Manhattan, or a negroni already knows that one of the critical ingredients in their beloved cocktail is vermouth.  And yet somehow, vermouth continues to be one of the least understood and least respected bottles in the bar. (First things first, your vermouth belongs in the refrigerator, not oxidizing in your liquor cabinet.)   Vermouth is believed to have evolved from a …

Italian Fashion and Logomania

Whether viewed as “an ironic subversion of consumerist society, or disregarded as an epitome of ‘bad taste,’” logos were (and remain) a significant factor in fashion. In a new exhibition at Milan’s Palazzo Reale, this culture—in Italian fashion design specifically—is explored in a cohesive and fascinating manner by two guest curators, critic Maria Luisa Frisa and W Magazine editor Stefano Tonchi. The show “ITALIANA: L’Italia …

Studio Visit: Italy’s Crea Concrete Design + Foscarini Lighting

Shining a light on the process of the skilled artisans who produce the Aplomb lamp for the major design firm

Foscarini is the third largest Italian lighting company and yet they do not own a factory. Their entire production relies on collaboration with skilled artisans, each of whom is specialized in a particular material or craft, from glass to carbon fiber. The company is now lifting the veil on this with Maestrie (Master Skills), a narrative photographic and video project by the artist Gianluca Vassallo. …

Fondazione Prada, Milan

Complete with a bar designed by Wes Anderson, the arts complex is a beauty to behold

With over 100 years of history, Prada has long been respected for originality and subtle contradictions—and finding a visually striking balance between dichotomies is what makes the fashion house unique. Milan’s Fondazione Prada complex maintains the values of the fashion empire—albeit through art. The foundation is an independent entity, separate from the fashion business, and in almost 20 years of existence it has hosted philosophy …

Etro + Marchon Eyewear

Sophisticated shapes, bold colors and the Italian fashion brand's signature paisley

Whether it’s the low-set winter sun or the tropical brightness of a holiday escape, there’s a need for sunglasses in all seasons. The latest collection designed by Italian heritage brand Etro, and constructed by the eyewear experts at Marchon, defies the common silhouettes and colors to which we’ve grown accustomed. From vibrant reds and yellows to variation upon variation of Etro’s signature paisley stylings, these …