After an amazing first day, the first part of the second day of LUXURY DESIGN AND CRAFTSMANSHIP SUMMIT began with a blast. With the presence of another luxurious panel, composed by Serena Confalonieri and Francesca Merciani, from Dioppa Firma, fashion designers Storytailors, Alda Tomas, a Designer from Vista Alegre and Toni Grilo, a product designer. The panel, moderated by Essencial Lisboa’s magazine editor and open media director, Fernando Caetano. The panel’s goal is rather simple: to show everyone in the audience that the future of luxury design lies in the hands of craftsmen and women.
Serena Confalonieri, alongside Francesca Merciani, opened the talks by presenting the honourable organization they’re representing: Doppia Firma. Presented by the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, Doppia Firma is a project by Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’arte with Living Corriere della Sera, that provides a platform for a vibrant dialogue between the craftsperson and designer to develop new artworks that combine the finest métiers d’art expertise and contemporary design culture.
João Branco and Luis Sanchez created Storytailors in 2001 after finishing their Fashion Design studies at the Architecture College of Lisbon’s Technical University. They met during 1996 while attending the same classes; during the course they realised that their aesthetic universes had a lot in common and that their ideas and opinions about fashion were complementary. They joined forces, matured ideas and decided to create a project with a name-concept that would reflect internationally their way of seeing and working fashion. Passion for History, fables and stories along with their fascination with garment construction, tailoring and fashion gathered two words into one, and thus story and tailors became Storytailors.
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Alda Tomás, Vista Alegre’s designer, showed us what the brand’s work is about. from the finnest china to crystals and glass. Founded in 1824, the Vista Alegre Porcelain Factory was the first industrial unit dedicated to producing porcelain in Portugal. The persistence of its founder, José Ferreira Pinto Basto, was instrumental to the launch and success of this daring enterprise. A landowner, audacious merchant and distinguished figure in Portuguese society at the time, José Ferreira Pinto Basto wisely adopted the liberal ideas of the 19th century, having become “the first example of free initiative” in Portugal.
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