The photo shoot in Siena was during two days. One in Villa di Geggiano at my friends Andrea. The Villa is amazing it has been in movie by Bertolucci with Liv Tyler “i dance alone”. It was the summer residence of Pope Piccolomini. It has amazing gardens and the interior is breathtaking. Like always Andrea was welcoming and friendly of a kindness that is rare now days. Magnus Magnusson is an amazing talent in picking the right moment and light and catching the train that goes by in amazing photos. He is absolutely my favorite I love his work and and his talent was a great gift for this young brand. Joakim Flodman and all the others were mesmerized by the locations and gave their best for the photo shoot trying to’ interpret Italy, italian way of being and Tuscany.
The second day we were at Villa di Corsano which is incredibly different but at same time beautiful, aristocratic and the outdoor in that area is fantastic the rolling hills and swimming pool Made it fabulous. I thank Jocopo for being so friendly and giving to’ us and preparing such good food every night.
I am happy and proud of this photoshoot and video of Oscar Spendrup playing at Villa di Geggiano makes all the magic fly to the SKY.
The kickoff catwalk for the Italy expo took place at Hotel Granduca in Houston. I loved the location. Intimate and elegant. It reminded me of the first catwalks of cocochannel. Being in a catwalk Next to Brioni which has always been synonymous of top of quality and elegance in the world of “made in italy” made me incredibly proud.
I want to thank italian chamber of commerce for the opportunity and all who worked on the show. My brother and his wife Sarah Correale.
The audience reacted very positively to the bags. They applauded even before the catwalk had finished. Almoust for every model. I could hear the comments from backstage and I had tears of joy in my eyes.
The reason for this success is not only in my hands. The Romana Correale brand has combined unique and modern design inspired by art with traditional craftsmanship. Both of these elements work in symbiosis in perfect balance. This is how the beautiful bags that look like sculptures become alive!
Vegetable tanned petit shopper bag with iris handle, red on red.
Tuscany has always been a land of artists and craftsmen, a place of culture and tradition, a creative workshop were the border between art and crafts is an imperceptible line marked by the imagination and the genius of its people.
The noble art of vegetable tanning is still kept alive between Pisa and Florence.
The vegetable tanning, known since the paleolithic age, is a long and articulated process based on ancient recipies and knowledge. Tuscan masters have been working for more than two hundred years to offer the public still now days a unique and timeless leather. They follow with care and passion the slow process turning raw hides into vegetable tanned leather, in full respect of man and the enviroment.
It is in large wooden drums that raw hides become a strong and long lasting material. It is a slow metamorphosis taking up to forty days and ending up in a wide range of finishings.
Tannins, vegetable powders extracted fr.o.m. Trunks, fruits, leafs and even roots of plants ad chestnut trees, mimosa and Argentinean quebracho, render the leather unique.
Tannins give the vegetable-tanned leather peculiar characteristics making it immediately distinguishable from other tanning methods: warm and brilliant colour shades, soft touch, resistance and an unmistakable scent of leather, a fragrance reminding the woods.
The natural working process allows this material to absorb changes due to’ the passing of time and trasform them into a plus value.