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Pitti Immagine Uomo 73 in Florence

9-12 January 2008
Fortezza da Basso, Florence

Pitti Uomo is very sensitive to market signals” says Raffaello Napoleone, CEO of Pitti Immagine. "Its interlocutor is an increasingly knowledgeable and refined audience. The 26,000 plus directors and buyers from the most prestigious fashion stores who come to Florence are looking for product culture and are not willing to stop at the global lifestyle proposed by big brands. They want a selection of the most interesting brands in terms of style identity and product quality: in some cases they are big, well-established names with huge sales, in others they are niche brands that are well known among the trade, and are characterized by their research content. And, so it is why Pitti Uomo is the place where business and creativity come together, but it is also the most faithful and up-to-date picture of international fashions: from the great showcase of men’s elegance in the Main Pavilion to the contemporary mix in the recently created Fashion District, via the young talents at New Beat(s) and the luxury collections at Pitti Rooms and the plans and investments that the sportswear and informal brands are making in the fair. The opportunities generated at the menswear show have prompted us to play our cards now and to launch a new and vital project for women’s wear like Pitti W – Woman Precollection”.

On 10 January, the Fondazione Pitti Discovery will present an absolute première, the Adam Kimmel Menswear Collection F/W 08-09 with an event-installation at the Istituto d’Arte di Porta Romana: It will be a fashion, art and photography performance by the young designer from New York citing American Art and involving the coolest artists on the contemporary scene – the New York scene!

Axessories is the new Pitti Uomo project dedicated to the world of men’s accessories with a high stylistic content. Located in the Rondino area, in the heart of the fashion district – the exhibition path created by the Touch!, Futuro Maschile, l’Altro Uomo and Ynformal sections – it showcases the height of cutting edge elegance for men today. Inside a special layout, a select number of brands will display their exclusive men’s accessory collections for fall/winter 2008/2009.

Rooms n.7, the most sophisticated essence of contemporary luxury design is at home in the Villa Vittoria, just across the road from the Fortezza da Basso. Valuable, unconventional, limited-edition collections will be laid out along a path that winds its way through the atmosphere of a 19th century grand ball. Concept by Sergio Colantuoni, one of Italy’s most eclectic fashion editors.

Now in its ninth edition, New Beat(s) is the area that Pitti Uomo dedicates to debuts of new, upcoming designers and young brands following the direction of fashion. The new layout, designed by Ilaria Marelli, is called “Cave”, and transforms the areas of the Lyceum into a cave pierced by beams of light , ready to welcome previews of cutting edge projects from all over the world.

Welcome to my house is the exhibition project that interprets fashion influenced by street culture: a rapidly evolving market, both in Italy and abroad. At the Lyceum, a select number of young but already well-known firms – many of which from Italy - will present their research on street styles. Graphic arts and a visionary spirit come together in the setting designed by UP! Studio, a group of creatives based in Paris.

The news at this edition includes the investments that many important sportswear and informal brands are making in the fair that is increasingly viewed as the ideal context for commercial and image presentations. To do this the exhibitors are expanding their stands and developing new, specific layouts, such as North Sails that will be at the forthcoming edition of Pitti Uomo in the Sala della Scherma, the Batrax group (with its brands Cashus, Jaggy, University Place, W.H.O.P. and Without Paper) that will be in the never before used Sala dell’Orologio, Martina Polo Player Gear will be showing its collection in the new setting at the Padiglione della Ghiaia, and the Geospirit group will showcase an overview of its brands (Geospirit, Peuterey and Kejo) in the Grotte.

The co-operation between Pitti Immagine and ICE - the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade - continues during our next appointments with the support of press and buyers and, on this occasion, of our international press conferences.


Florence Biennale

The 6th edition of the Florence Biennale will be held from 1st to 9th December 2007 in the historical setting of Fortezza da Basso in Florence.

840 artists from 76 countries will exhibit more than 2,500 works of art and will take part in the exhibition for an extraordinary encounter between different cultures, styles and languages. The actress Anne Archer will be in Florence to award the Biennale with the Artists for Human Rights, association prize, for its support provided to the United Nations programme “Dialogue among civilisation” that the Biennale has been officially participating in since 2001.

The Biennale will include the presence of important artistic individuals such as Gilbert & George, who will receive the “Lorenzo il Magnifico”award for their career. Gilbert & George, together with Tim Marlow, manager of the White Cube Gallery of London exhibitions, will meet the visitors and artists participating in the Biennial, for which a rich calendar of meetings, conferences and video projections have been organised (including a video made by Gilbert & George).

The art and life of Frida Kalho and Tina Modotti will be presented in two conferences by Gregorio Luke, already manager of the Molaa of Long Beach and a member of the International Jury of the Biennale.

The Ars Electronica Center of Linz, the “oldest” museum of digital art in the world, that organises the Prix Ars Electronica, the Ars Electronica Festival and the Ars Electronica Futurelab, will have 300 square meters available to present digital art, interactive videos and to allow visitors to enter into the fantastic world of virtual reality.

The complete programme is avaliable on the Florence Biennale web site.

Opening hours: from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tickets: 10 Euros - Reduced Ticket 8 Euros

Florence Biennale
Ph.: +39 055 3249173 - +39 055 3218172
Fax. +39 055 333540
Web: www.florencebiennale.org


Officina vintage: a new store in Florence

Saturday afternoon I've been to a new store in Florence: Officina Vintage. It's a sort of concept store where you can buy nice vintage clothes and accessories and when you are tired, you can have a break relaxing on the nice sofas and drinking an italian espresso! you can see the bar with the coffee machine in the picture.
The store is quite big, and it's divided in separate areas with different styles (elegant, jeans, formal, informal..). Three young men own this store and they believe deeply in this project!
You can have an idea of what they sell looking at the website www.officina-vintage.com, but I definitely recommend you to go and see it.
In december they will stay open even on Sundays.
The store is not in the center of Florence, but it's easy to park.


Florence Electronic Movement

FEM Florence Electronic Movement Friday 23d Novembre 2007

MIRO_dj set TEO NADDI_dj set FABIO DELLA TORRE_dj (Minimono / Telegraph rec.)

special guest : ALEXX a.k.a. ALEX PETIT_dj set (Logistic / Telegraph rec.)
Born in Paris in 1977, Alexandre is one of the Logistic and Telegraph founder. Good producer and talent scout. Alex plays house-techno freak from more then 12 years. From 1996 Logistic has hosted famous artists as: John Thomas, Robert Hood, Daniel Bell, Cabanne, Mattew DearŠ The sub-label Telegraph born thanks to the Cabanne'sinfluence.
Logistic Records is an electronic music label based in France. In ten years, Logistic has developed many projects and collaborations to constitute an over seventy references discography. Natural evolution after 5 years devoted to raves and partys organization, the creation of the label in 1995 in Montpellier by Alexandre Petit and Éric Dalbin was the answer to their hunger for techno music which reflects their principal influences: hip-hop, jazz and funk. Since, the groove is at the center of every Logistic release. Supporting quality over quantity, the artistic direction of the label rests on solid bonds with its artists. Then the meeting with John Thomas, a young French musician and African rhythms, was the beginning of a collaboration that lasts since the birth of the label and generated twenty-three record releases. Americans Robert Hood and Daniel Bell are other good representatives of the label.

Next guest: STILL VOR TALENT showcase feat

FEM @ CENTRAL PARK is in via Fosso Macinante 1, Firenze (parco delle Cascine)
MIRO_dj set, TEO NADDI_dj set, FABIO DELLA TORRE_dj (Minimono / Telegraph rec.)
special guest
ALEXX a.k.a. ALEX PETIT_dj set (Logistic / Telegraph rec.)
15,00 € drink included > normal price
12,00 € drink included > lists
Free entrance before Midnight

info: 393 9012540 lists: 339 7230615 tabels : 393 9557905


Thanksgiving day in Florence

Thursday, the 22nd of november for THANKSGIVING DAY there will be a great turkey dinner at trattoria Conte Diladdarno, in Florence.
There is a fixed price of € 25.00, which includes everything.
This little restaurant lies in the historical quarter of San Frediano, one of the most typical areas in Florence. The owner, Luca, is very friendly and welcomes everybody with a warm smile.
Firenze, via de’ serragli, 108 r
tel +39 055 225001


Florence Noel and Christmas markets in Florence

It's time for Christmas Markets in Florence!
- From the 24th of November until the 2nd of December at Stazione Leopolda (via Fratelli Rosselli) there will be Florence Noel: a special fair for Christmas shopping that will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself amongst the Christmas sweets and the atmosphere of Xmas. Events for the children, with Father Christmas’ house and chocolate tasting.
From monday to thursday: from 3.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. Entrance fee: 6 euro with 2 chocolate tasting.
From friday to sunday: from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. Entrance fee: 9 euro with 2 chocolate coupons.
- From the 28th of November to the 16th of December Piazza Santa Croce will be the background of this Christmas market where the belief in Christmas is enough to turn dreams into reality. Enjoy buying nice handmade presents with the aroma of hot chestnuts filling the air. Heidelberg Christmas market is held on the Piazza Santa Croce, the famous square in front of the Santa Croce Church. There, several old stands sell products and sweet delicacies.

- In addition, a little Christmas Market staged from 10 – 16 December 2007 at Istituto degli Innocenti, at Santissima Annunziata square, not far from the Duomo.


Firenze Marathon

Next sunday in Florence there will be Firenze Marathon.
Meeting on Sunday, 25th of November 2007 with the 24th edition of the international classic road race.
The wrapping glamour of centuries of art, history and culture accompanies you step by step along the 42 kilometres and 195 meters of the Florence Marathon. A unique emotion which can be told only by those who have run in Florence and which has made the classic race of Florence an appointment that cannot be missed by thousand of sportsmen and enthusiasts who each year punctually come from all over the world on the last Sunday in November. The Florentine event has gained exponential importance during the recent years, so much that on last November 26th on the occasion of its XXIII edition a new record of participants has been achieved with over 7.700 runners (4.836 Italians and 2.872 foreigners, 37 % of the total approximately) coming from 58 countries.

The Florence Marathon is the main road race event taking place in Tuscany, which together with Rome is rightly by now the most important international marathon in Italy and among the first 20 marathons in the world as far as quality and number of participants

This is the route:
Piazzale Michelangiolo - Partenza - Viale Galilei – 1° Km - Piazzale Galileo- Viale Machiavelli – 2° Km. – 3° Km - Piazzale Di Porta Romana- Viale Petrarca – 4° Km - Viale V. Pratolini - Viale A. Aleardi - Viale R. Sanzio – 5° Km - Piazza Pier Vettori - Via Pisana – 6° Km - Via Sant’angelo - Via Del Pollaiuolo – 7° Km - Via Bronzino – 8° Km - Piazza Gaddi - Via Della Fonderia- Lungarno Santa Rosa - Lungarno Soderini – 9° Km - Piazza Nazario Sauro - Via Dei Serragli – 10° Km - Piazza Della Calza - Via Romana - Piazza Pitti – 11° Km - Via Guicciardini - Via Dei Bardi - Piazza S. Maria Soprarno - Lungarno Torrigiani - Lungarno Serristori – 12° Km - Piazza Poggi - Lungarno Cellini - Ponte S. Niccolo’ – 13° Km - Lungarno Del Tempio - Lungarno Colombo – 14° Km - Lungarno Aldo Moro – 15° Km - Via De Nicola- Via Gobetti - Via Di Varlungo- Via Turati - Via Aretina – 16° Km - Via Della Ripa - Via Rocca Tedalda- Via Aretina – 17° Km. – 18° Km - Largo Monzani - Via Aretina - Piazza L.B. Alberti - Via Di Credi - Via Mannelli – 19° Km. – 20° Km - Piazza Vasari - Ponte Del Pino - Via Campo D’arrigo – 21° Km - Largo Gennarelli – ½ Maratona - Viale Malta - Viale Fanti - Viale Paoli – 22° Km - Viale Fanti – 23° Km - Via Cialdini - Viale De Amicis – 24° Km - Cavalcavia Dell’affrico - Piazza L.B. Alberti - Via Piagentina – 25° Km - Via Fra’ Giovanni Angelico - Viale Duca Degli Abruzzi - Viale Giovine Italia - Via Dell’agnolo – 26° Km - Via Santa Verdiana - Piazza Ghiberti - Largo Annigoni -Via Della Mattonaia - Via Niccolini - Piazza D’azeglio - Via Della Colonna – 27° Km - Piazza Ss. Annunziata - Via Battisti - Piazza San Marco - Via Ricasoli - Piazza Duomo – 28° Km - Piazza S. Giovanni - Via Roma - Piazza Della Repubblica - Via Strozzi - Via Della Vigna Nuova - Piazza Goldoni -Borgo Ognissanti – 29° Km - Via Il Prato - Via Magenta - Via Montebello - Viale F.Lli Rosselli – 30° Km - Piazza Vittorio Veneto - Via Del Fosso Macinante - Viale Del Visarno - Piazzale Jefferson - Viale Degli Olmi – 31° Km - Piazzale Delle Cascine - Viale Dell’aeronautica – 32° – 33° Km - Piazzale Dell’indiano - Viale Washington - 34° - 35° Km - Piazzale Kennedy - Viale Lincoln – 36° Km. – 37° Km - Piazzale Vittorio Veneto - Corso Italia - Via Magenta - Via Solferino - Via Palestro - Via Montebello – 38° Km - Via Curtatone - Lungarno Vespucci - Lungarno Corsini - Lungarno Acciaiuoli – 39° Km - Via Por Santa Maria - Via Vacchereccia - Piazza Della Signoria - Via Calzaiuoli - Piazza Duomo (Lato Misericordia) - Via Del Proconsolo – 40° Km - Via Ghibellina – 41° Km - Viale Giovine Italia - Piazza Piave - Lungarno Della Zecca Vecchia - Piazza Cavalleggeri - Corso Dei Tintori - Via Magliabechi – 42° Km -Piazza Santa Croce – Arrivo

For more info: www.firenzemarathon.it/


Interpol to perform in Florence

Interpol to Perform on November 12th
On Monday, November 12th, 2007 at Teatro Saschall on Lungarno Aldo Moro, 3, the New York City based, American rock band, Interpol, will be performing in Florence for all to enjoy. The band will play new songs from their recently released third album, 'Our Love to Admire,' as well as older songs from their previous two albums. This is an opportunity to make the most of the city with locals, rocking out to American Music. Ticket prices range from 21£ to 120£ and for more information, you can call the number 055.6503068 or contact the ticket office by e-mailing info@saschall.it, or checking out the Teatro Saschall website at www.saschall.it. Take advantage of and internationally recognized band performing in the very heart of Florence.

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