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Buon Ferragosto from Perla Formentini!

Buon Ferragosto from Perla Formentini!

Ferragosto

Ciao! Ferragosto is an Italian tradition that everyone looks forward to. A holiday mood is in the air and everyone’s looking forward to prosecco and sumptuous food to dine on: salads, gelato, fresh seafood, grilled meats and lots of fresh fruits. Parties used to be a big thing for those who celebrate Ferragosto but nowadays, people look forward to delicious food, and a languorous day spent with family and friends.

Celebrated annually on the 15th of August, Ferragosto is thought of as the height of Italian summer. Not an exaggeration: all the locals leave the cities and spend the holiday relaxing on beaches — or on Italy’s famous lakes.

Ferragosto

A bit of history: Ferragosto is a holiday that goes back to the times of the Roman emperor Augustus. It’s a national holiday that has strong roots in Italian culture. It is a period celebrating the time of rest after intense agricultural labor. Nowadays, the spirit of fun and relaxation is pretty much still alive and well in the hearts of locals and tourists who experience Ferragosto first hand.

Expect locals to board up all establishments as they all head up to the coast. If you’re heading to Italy or are in Italy during Ferragosto, it’s one of the best times to experience the local culture as everyone’s in a fun, relaxed mood. Enjoy the company of locals and make as many friends as you can!

CHIC CASUAL LOOKS TO TRY

Since Ferragosto is a time of celebration and relaxation, switch to casual chic looks that you can wear and forget about.  
Ferragosto

Andriena is the city sleek style that will get you to the beach and back to the city. Teatro is your summer style savior. Crafted with supple Italian leather and adorned with wispy feathers.

Ferragosto

Stella heels have that fun, summer festival style. The low block heel makes them perfect for long summer days. Mona sandals work far beyond the confines of a beach vacation. 

Wishing you all a fun and relaxing Ferragosto!

Travel images from Pixabay, outfit images from Polyvore

Leather Treasures: Luxe Italian Leather Shoes to Love

Leather Treasures: Luxe Italian Leather Shoes to Love

Italian leather is synonymous to quality and style. Like all other things, Italian shoemaking had humble beginnings. It all starts in a village, with a craftsman working with readily-available materials and creating footwear for his family. As word spread, the craftsman would then cater to the rest of the community, crafting especially-made shoes depending on one’s occupation. Materials were usually animal skins (in cold areas) and vegetation. Later on, leather tanning entered the scene. Since one man often created all the shoes for one village, he developed a great mastery in the field.

Italian leather stands out because it is a thing of beauty: soft, supple, and richly hued. Historically, Italian artisans get raw materials from the best suppliers of the region. This tradition of locally sourcing products and crafting genuinely Italian-made shoes is still implemented until today. Marrying traditional craftsmanship with technology translates to genuine Italian leather shoes that has all the elements of a traditionally-crafted piece with better value.

At Perla Formentini, our leather styles are our treasures: supple, thoughtfully-handcrafted, and always a pleasure to wear. Here are our most loved styles:

 

City slick with a dash of drama

Teatro

Elevated take on a classic oxford silhouette

Bacca

Laid back and cool, the stacked heel adds a touch of urban cool to any outfit

Alessia

Unabashedly feminine silhouette with tough hardware details

Centauro

Take strong strides in studded leather sandals

Marcella

Where Your Shoes Will Lead You: Cafes in Milan

Where Your Shoes Will Lead You: Cafes in Milan

PASTICCERIA MARCHESI

For the love of fashion and excellent espresso, head to Pasticceria Marchesi. The cafe’s been serving amazing pastries and coffee for 191 years but recently underwent a facelift. Locals and tourists alike have more reason to drop by the iconic Milanese hotspot now that Prada acquired the cafe.  The historic appeal is bolstered with the luxurious Prada touch, as seen from the green walls to the well-dressed staff. For a taste of the past, don’t forget to order a cup of espresso and Pannettone, which is a must when going to Milan!

 

Caffe Cova

A few steps away from Marchesi is another well-known (and Louis Vuitton-owned) Caffè Cova. The 200-year-old establishment is another favorite thanks to its wide selection of dainty pastries and filling sandwiches. The espresso with whipped cream is an absolute must-try — it’s a deceptively simple drink that’s hard to recreate at home.

 

Trussardi

For a sweet pastry and cappuccino breakfast, head to Trussardi. Often frequented by the young banking and fashion set and for good reason: the food selection is surprisingly robust and enticing. From espressos to after-work cocktails, they have it. Nibbling on a brioche while looking at its good looking neighbor — the Teatro alla Scala — is not a bad way to start the day.

 

For artisanal breads and pastries, head to Princi, a beloved Italian institution. For a delicious Italian cheesecake and cappuccino, stop by this cafe and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. It’s a great place to stop by if you’re on holiday with friends or family who all want different food options. From pizza to finger sandwiches, they have it all. It's also a good starting point for wandering around town: it's conveniently located near Duomo, a magnificent structure and definitely a must-see in Milan. With 4 stores in Milan, you don't have a reason to miss sipping espresso in this Milanese favorite.

 

Bastianello

For a memorable end to your Milano trip, step inside the Bastianello, which is another must-visit. Known for its delectable aperitivos and sumptuous desserts, you’ll be hard pressed to decide which to order first. Don’t forget to add a frothy coffee to accompany your meal of choice.
 

Photo courtesy of Pasticceria Marchesi, Caffe Cova, Trussardi, Princi, and Bastianello.