Dear Shaded Viewers,
Previous posts let you know that I was invited to participate in the Sistema Moda E Made in Italy in Lecce over the weekend. It was a great experience, I met wonderfully talented people in the industry and enjoyed Lecce, referred to in literature as ‘the city of regrets’. It is also the home of Ennio and Carlo Capasa (Costume National). Massimo Torrigiani, Editor in Chief of Rodeo, was the curator for the conference.
After the conference the Capasa family invited us to Ennio and Carlo’s 14th century villa for dinner. I wish that there had been more light so you could appreciate the equation that simplicity = elegance.
After the conference on Saturday, Angelo and I wanted to visit Madame Capasa’s shop, Smart. She’s been the owner of the most directional boutique in Lecce for 32 years. It’s no surprise that her two sons went into the fashion business. Maria Luisa told me a funny story about how when Ennio was quite young he refused to wear part of the school uniform because he did not like the way that it looked.
The Smart shop is a multi brand store carrying labels such as Balenciaga, Chloe, Gucci and of course Costume National. Here is Madame Capasa with a dress designed by her son Ennio. There are lovely details that you can not really see here like chains of black jet.
After our visit Madame Capasa took Angelo and I for a tea.
Massimo Torrigiani (the curator of the event) came to say good bye to Ennio and I before the driver took Andrea Ciccoli and the two of us to the airport. We had a tea together and then I went off to deal with the metal detector.