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"In the early 1990s, I originally moved to Italy with Hobbs of London where I helped design their handbag, shoe, and knitwear collections in Porto San Giorgio on the Adriatic coast. The impromptu demise of my aunt, who had spent most of her life in Florence, resulted in my moving right into the Centro Storico into one of the lovely, old, paved and cobbled streets, ,famous for its antique dealers, marble sculpture and high fashion boutiqes such as Gucci and Beltrami and relic dealers.
I found work with one of Florence's lynchpin traditional buying offices, dating back to the 1950s, in palazzo Frescobaldi on the Ponte santa Trinita. I subsequently spent the following years flying back and forth to the middle and far east, and the States acting as a design consultant, sourcing agent and production manager for clients mostly based in North America.An exciting and stimulating career developed for me, and I had enormous fun whilst working at times under great pressure.
However,The wish to spend more time in my beloved Italy automatically led me to select a clientele that was more interested in working with the design, quality and innate style completely unique to Italy. I went on to work at a more exclusive designer level with Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren on outerwear and suiting, in the sartorial artisan workshops around Naples and Rome."
''As I also had accrued from my early career days in Hobbs in developing and designing jersey and knitwear, and so had a fairly good technical all round background, as well as a quantity of great high level contacts spaced all around Italy, I decided to form my new company Boboli Ltd, with which I worked with more European clienteles, including Paul Smith, Nicole Farhi, Joseph, Harrods and Harvey Nichols on capsule label collections, across outerwear and knitwear to shoes and accessories.
I have worked on a variety of product levels from handcrafted intricate jewellery to enzyme-washed leather and butter soft suede coats and jackets and beautiful hand stitched handbags, accessories and elegant, luxurious knitwear.
Now based in the southeast of England, less than an hour from London, I am eager to put my more than 20 years of experience to good use and aim to provide a niche product previously not available in the UK."
Your search for an eclectic array of handcrafted items ends with Catherine’s Emporium in Kent, England. We curate a unique collection of art pieces for the English ladies and gentlemen who adore the grandeur of Italian lifestyle. We bring you selected artworks and handicrafts from talented artists and artisans.
We have acquired a superior level of acquaintances for more than two decades of living in Italy. Visit our online store for unique and upscale art pieces to add to your collection. Additionally, we hold various workshops about art and pottery. For more information, call or email us.
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