Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Sartorialist’s Italian Tips….Villa Spalletti Trivelli


I can’t wait to go back to Rome this summer.


When I was there last summer, I fell in love with Hotel Villa Spalletti Trivelli. It’s a private home which has been converted into a hotel (but don’t worry, it has not lost any of its original character).


As you can see from all the photos above, I loved the decor in this hotel. They had such a great mix of classic Italian with little modern touches that kept it from being too period specific. The real charm was in all the small Italian touches. It seems every table had a little silver candy tray and if it didn’t have a candy tray the tabletop was filled with framed photos of the family. The pure linen sheets are tonally monogrammed with an S for Spalletti. Again, so chic and so subtle, most people wouldn’t even notice it, but that’s what makes it so special.


My individual room was a corner facing room with windows on either side which allowed me to throw open the windows and feel like I was really a part of Rome.


Below is a link to the site, I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

On the Street…Crosby St., New York

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

On the Street…Crosby St., New York

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Ease of Paris with Cinq-S!


We’re preparing for the next round of shows in Italy and Paris and one of the first thing’s we’re doing is making arrangements with Cinq-S.


It’s a great car service in Paris, and it was able to get us not only around Paris, but also to Versailles just outside of Paris. The driver literally meets you at the door of the airplane at Charles de Gaulle.


Everyone knows my love for Italy but Cinq is warming me up to the delights of Paris.


Click here for the Cinq-S App

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Screening Room…Leave Her to Heaven

leaveher2Leave her to Heaven won the Academy Award for best cinematography in 1945, but that’s only part of why I’m suggesting this film.



The color throughout the movie is beautiful, a dreamy palette of teal and white, but to me this film is all about Gene Tierney. Specifically in the infamous boat scene above. I watch this movie for that scene alone.


She embodies the perfect idea of 1940′s fashion.  Great hair, perfect makeup, gorgeous sunglasses, and of course big shoulders. Not to mention she plays a great femme fatale.



Friday, May 8, 2015

The Colors & Patterns of the Spice Market, Mumbai


Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Sartorialist’s Italian Tips….Trattoria Sostanza



For those of you planning some time in Italy this summer, over the next couple of weeks i’ll be sharing a few tips of places you really must visit.


Florence is an obvious must see for ANY trip to Italy.


Tucked away on Via del Porcellana, is Trattoria Sostanza. I hate to use the phrase “it feels like old italy“,  but this place really does.


It’s tiny and it’s crowded, but it’s so charismatic and the food is SO good. You have to try the chicken dish (i don’t remember what it’s called exactly….but I bet you could just say Chicken!!! and they’ll know). The last time i was there, I had the pasta (pictured above) and it was equally as good.

I think it’s usually pretty packed at night, so lunch seems like a better option. Whichever time of the day you choose is up to you, but make sure you spend at least one meal at Trattoria Sostanza.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

On the Street…West 13th St., New York


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

On the Street…La Fortezza, Florence


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Who To Follow On Instagram…The Costume Institute Library



Sometimes it can be very hard figuring out who to follow (even harder trying to sift through hundreds of accounts to find one that might actually inspire you).


The Costume Institute Library (@costumeinstitutelibrary) is a great surprise because a library within a museum would typically be the last type of institution you’d expect to find using a social media tool such as Instagram to their advantage.


Several photos are posted each day from The Costume Reference Library at The MET Museum of Art. Photos are taken daily by Librarian Julie Lê.


How clever to take something that would usually be quite private, and make it so easily accessible to many.