Retaining talent in Florence – how to pass on know-how in embroidery

3. March 2015 — Leave a comment

In January during the time of the Pitti Uomo in Florence visitors had the chance to get deeper insides about womenswear embroidery and how to train this to further generations. Now, anyone who has seen these intensely treated dresses or formal outfits might have wondered if all that had been done by hand. The answer is No, we found some very interesting and for us quite unknown sewing machines that were able to do special stitching and applications of fabric and of leather as well. The organisation that showed all is called “my Vintage academy and had a big booth right in the City centre of Florence.


The first item of course that we observed from far was a black dress full of feathers and tone in tone pearls. Coming nearer it went even more spectacular and right behind the skirt a woman showed the way how to attach these feathers by first sorting them, then bundle and attach them in endless stitching.




Besides the Dress making there were many women who demonstrated hand made features. Very impressive were the ones with feathers on small leather goods.


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What also impressed us was the attachment of pearls to a thin white fabric. This woman didn’t get nervous regardless to the many visitors looking at her, taking pictures like me or discussing how and where to include this artwork in their own collections.

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Another station explained the way of attaching small fabric parts with a machine to leather materials. I saw a sewing machine which I had never seen before. The upper threat moved around the needle and so drilled a kind of rope on top of the fabric while attaching it to the basic leather material.

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I also recorded the machine while working. It’s a larger video but it’s worth to watch because of the uncommon functionality.

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Here’s another video of their impressive workshops at the city of Florence

After all I must say that as much as I am addicted to men’s clothing this handcrafted artwork impressed me very much and I am happy to work for a company who does both, men’s and women’s clothing. That gives me the opportunity to visit our “dress team” from time to time and “spy” a bit around their techniques and abilities.

stay tuned



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