Four bags from the new spring-summer collection call to mind Il Bisonte’s connection to Florentine gardens. Let’s start with Giovanni Michelucci’s Roseto.
There is a villa in Fiesole called Il Roseto. Well the garden is, at any rate. A villa «is a rose, is a rose, is a rose» someone – Gertrude Stein – would have said. The American poet visited Fiesole in 1903. She didn’t see the villa; it wasn’t there. Did she see the roses?
At the end of the 1950s, Giovanni Michelucci and his wife Eloisa Pacini moved into the Roseto. To a layman, Michelucci’s architectural work might seem to accurately describe certain uninhabited villages and valleys: he built «more churches than houses.»
MICHELUCCI’S (AND ELOISA’S) GARDEN
He was one of the greatest twentieth-century Italian architects. You wouldn’t know it though, from the house he chose. Very simple, traditional. Maybe he chose it for the garden. The house cautions us that quality can’t be measured by appearance alone. And it invites us to stroll around it.
THE SS23 BAGS PAY HOMAGE TO GARDENS (AND ELOISA)
Let’s take a tour, then. What can you see? Florence. Florence, down at the bottom of the hill, spread out over the plain, and past a number of other gardens. Though it’s far away, it might seem from Michelucci’s villa that the entire road to Il Bisonte’s city is dotted with gardens. Beauty within beauty.
Four of these gardens lend their names to four bags in our brand’s new spring-summer collection. They are a tribute, among other things, to beauty as understood by Giovanni Michelucci and Eloisa Pacini. (Which of the two tended the garden?)