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Finding Materials in Florence, Italy

Hello TIGERS!

Finding the right materials in Florence, Italy for projects might be a whole adventure around the city. It takes a lot of curiosity to find the right places to shop for fabrics, trims, buttons, that you might be looking for. The following is a list of stores and markets that will help you through your search!

  1. Bacci – Located in the central market, in between all the local leather-goods vendors, this store was my go to when it came to buying fabrics for garments. They had such a wide range of fabrics, from linings to linen, from silk to velvet, even wool and Alpaca. Prices are good and there is a student discount.
  2. Giesse – This fabric store is located in between Florence City Center and Polimoda Design Lab in Scandicci. It is very convenient as a one-stop store, with a variety of supplies including: fabrics, trims, design tools, etc. Towards the back of the store, they have a container with remnants of fabrics with great prices since they are the final pieces.
  3. Cascine Market – Located in the Cascine Park right along the Arno River is one of the largest markets in the city. You can find anything you may need for your household, but most importantly it is a great place to find trims, ribbons, buttons, zippers, etc. There are also vendors with fabrics and you can find lace in some booths too. The market is also great for thrifting, prices are pretty cheap, and the great thing is that the market is so big there is so much you can find!
  4. Haberdashery Samba Di Villani Carmela – Located near the Duomo, this tiny store is great for ribbons and any extra embellishments you may want to use in projects. They have some beautiful brooches, appliques, buckles for belts, etc.

These were some of the ones that I went to the most and found great materials in each. There are, however, other stores, it all depends on the quality that you are looking for. There are some stores that have the finest of finest fabrics, it all depends on your budget.

Until next time,

Maria

AAS Graduating Ceremony in Florence

Hello EVERYONE!

A little recap of the past weeks; we were finishing up our garments and portfolios for the AAS Exhibition in Florence, Italy! Meeting with our professors and industry critic, Mr. Mirko Bottai, from the design firm Emilio Pucci.

Last week we gathered in the ballroom of the Stibbert Museum. Located a couple of minutes from Florence’s historic center, to celebrate the ending of our journey here in Florence and to also exhibit our work completed abroad!

A ceremony filled with parents, professors, classmates, friends, it was certainly a joy to see everyone walking around and enjoying the evening. We had our professors and industry critic speak a little to the graduating class and to our parents. As an Italian tradition, instead of a graduation cap, we were placed laurel leaves crown, symbolizing our graduation!

Fashion Design Graduating Class of 2019 Florence, Italy

Fashion Design Graduating Class of 2019 Florence, Italy

I got the great opportunity of being the class speaker, which also gave me the chance of thanking every single person involved in the process. From our industry critic Mr. Bottai, to our amazing and caring professors Cinzia Cardelli and Sophie Springer. A big thank you to the administrative team of FIT and Polimoda, as well as all those people who in one way or another cooperated so that we could satisfactorily complete our studies.

After the ceremony we had a reception made for the occasion in the Limonaia, with our portfolios and illustration work showcasing on tables. Guests walked around the room with little aperitivo plates while gazing at the very elaborated fashion design portfolios. In the end, it was a great way to finish with what are our design classes!

 

Arrivederci

Maria

AAS Exhibition In Florence (Continued)

Hello EVERYONE!

Last week I was kept quite busy finishing up for the AAS Final Exhibition in Florence. On my last post I explained the theme and how we gathered all of our inspiration. From the museum we chose two objects/spaces of the museum that would inspire us for our collections. Since then we have had a few important deadlines along the way! The latest was last Friday, both of our garments were due and needed to be ready for our guest judges coming in to view them throughout the weekend. These judges included some of our professors, museum coordinators, and a very special critic, Mr. Mirko Bottai, textile designer for Pucci.

In total we completed two illustration projects and two final garments! All which are now part of my portfolio.

Both of our illustration projects include the following elements:

  • Introduction Page
  • Moodboard
  • A Series of Concept Pages
  • Makeup & Beauty Pages
  • Accessories Page
  • Fabric Swatches
  • Collection Overview
  • Illustrated Models
  • Flat Sketches of Designs
  • Tech Pack for Garment Constructed
Project Example for AAS Stibbert Exhibition

Project Example for AAS Stibbert Exhibition

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Along the way we had meetings with Mr. Bottai and our professors to make sure we were making all the right decisions and staying on track between our inspiration and execution of them.

I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to sit down with an industry professional to discuss the projects and listen to their suggestions to enhance my skills.

I will say it was not easy, but definitely eye-opening. To have a glance on the different jobs there is in the fashion industry, and most importantly of the main role a designer plays when it comes to creation and production of a collection.

Next week we have a celebratory ceremony, where we showcase our work in the museum. Open for parents visiting, plus other classmates and professors.

Arrivederci,

Maria

How I Made My Summer ’19 Decision

Recently, I went through a very difficult decision process to sort out my summer plans. For context, I am a junior soon to be heading into my senior year, and I am originally from Washington state. I have been working as a production intern at Tory Burch since the Fall semester and was offered an opportunity to stay with them as a product development intern over the summer. I have yet to stay in NY over the summer, and I always miss home this time of year since I’ve been away for so long. There were many things to consider when debating to accept this offer from Tory Burch. I wouldn’t be able to see my friends and family from back home over the entire summer, I wouldn’t be back in the PNW during one of my favorite seasons, and I wouldn’t be saving money from not paying rent. It is also my last summer as a student and I wanted to be very careful with how I used this fleeting freedom. On the other hand, if I stayed with Tory Burch, I would be building my resume and developing more skills and experience to further my career and eventually achieve my long term goal; I eventually want to move back to the West coast and work for iconic outdoor apparel and lifestyle brands, with one of my top picks located in Seattle, WA. If I stayed in NY over the summer, I would be helping my future job search when applying for positions back home, but was this worth not seeing my friends and family? In the end, I chose to take the internship with Tory Burch with hopes that working towards my long term goal would be best for me. There was really no right or wrong decision in this situation for me because I could see myself being both thankful and regretful at the same time for making either decision. Sometimes, you just have to push aside your critical analysis and just make a decision when one is needed. It made me realize that I’m at a point in my life where my choices are going to have direct consequences on aspects of my life, and that real planning needs to be put in place if I don’t want to lose control of my life. One thing I did to sort out my decision was I put together a 5 year and a 10 year life plan for myself, mapping out different aspects of my life, including career, health, and relational. These things are important to think about and develop an understanding of what you want. It’s never too early to start planning.

Upcoming AAS Final Exhibition in Florence, Italy

HI TIGERS!

In the upcoming months I will be graduating from the Fashion Design Associates program of FIT! Now, for me, it will be a little different from most students graduating back in NYC. From illustration projects, to garments, to final portfolios, each detail is different from NYC’s program.

Over the next posts I will be sharing some of the different projects, critiques, and general idea of how classes run here in FIT in Florence.

For our AAS Final Exhibition we were given the challenge of gathering our inspiration from the Stibbert Museum in Florence. The museum was created by Frederick Stibbert, originally his home, he collected great amounts of treasures from all over the world. His passion for arms and armour show through the different collections. On display you can observe European, Islamic and Japanese armory as well as his other interests for things such as costumes, instruments, paintings, sculptures, etc.

Stibbert Museum

Stibbert Museum

This semester we based our projects on the Stibbert museum. From two illustration projects, to two garments, to research in different classes about the history of the museum and general world events at the time. All for the understanding of what our concepts should represent.

Inside Stibbert Museum

Inside Stibbert Museum

It has been a challenge trying to juggle all this and other classes, but, slowly, my classmates and I have found great ways to navigate through the semester!

In the next post, I will go into detail in explaining different parts of projects and how they all come together for the final exhibition.

 

Ciao, Maria