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The lace to the conquest of Milan. But also the hat. Two entrepreneurs from Abruzzo, two women who make their products by hand, are among the 10 professional figures of Italian excellence chosen by Confartigianato to represent made in Italy at The One fairunderway in Milan, Rho exhibition hall, until tomorrow, on the great pole for high-end women’s prêt-à-porter.
It is about Simona Iannini, from L’Aquila, a teacher of bobbin lace, who after the earthquake moved her house and her laboratory to Montesilvano. And of Stefania Belfioremilliner of Pescara, which creates refined handmade hats, unique pieces exhibited in parties and exclusive anniversaries. Both award-winning for their work, even Belfiore in 2020 received the international award “Innovative Use of Felt” conferred by the queen’s milliner Elizabeth of England. «My works are distinguished by style and fine manufacturing – says Belfiore – I believe in the rebirth of craftsmanship and even more in female entrepreneurship. I collaborate with fellow artisans, artists and designers. We have organized events and exhibitions, we spread the local artistic wealth through our works ».
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“For me it is a great honor to represent my region here in Milan” says Iannini, who for years has dedicated his life to the Aquilano pillow and lace, so much so that it attracted the attention of Fendi who two years ago had her make an iconic baguette. A determined woman, Iannini did not allow herself to be discouraged by the earthquakes that destroyed L’Aquila or Covid and she continued her niche business until reaching the highest levels of the profession. For over 20 years he has been creating applications that embellish the house and clothes with the pillow. And gradually he followed the evolution of fashion, creating jewels, belts and accessories. Now she has brought the magic of threads and bobbins to Milan where yesterday while she was doing a demonstration she was noticed by two buyers with whom she made contact. «They are two Italian fashion companies – says Iannini – interested in original lace creations».