Featured designer: Emilio Pucci

Emilio Pucci b&w

When you think of multicolored retro fashion, it’s easy for the name Emilio Pucci to come to mind.  Emilio was a Florentine Italian fashion designer born in 1914, who lived up until 1992.  He was somewhat of a Renaissance man, delving into many different areas of interest.  But when he managed to receive notable attention for an experimental stretch fabric he created for his own ski wear design in the late 1940’s, he decided to pursue haute couture as his life long profession.

Emilio-Pucci beginning

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Polish Pattern Parade

All hosiery companies offer patterned styles, ranging from subtle to loud, conservative to outlandish, and everything in between.  With the advancement of modern machinery and super synthetics, the possibilities are nearly endless.  And some hosiery companies are embracing this opportunity to take it to the next level.

Poland has really become a hotbed for hosiery manufacturing.  From what I’ve learned, there are a number of brands that are not only supplying hosiery within Poland but all across Europe and Asia.  The Internet makes it possible to view their websites, browse their products, and visit European on-line retailers to see what they’re offering.  The more prominent ones that I’m aware of are Fiore, Gabriella, Gatta, Tespol (Mona), and Bas Bleu.  There may be others, but these are the ones I’ve found with a strong web presence and availability worldwide through some retailers.

The Polish hosiery makers seem to be rather bold and artistic in their use of patterns.  Having viewed the styles offered by other brands, I have to say that these are quite unique in appearance.  To give you an idea, I’ve made a few photo collages of them.  Mind you, this is just a subset, because I started running out of time!  Click on each image for a larger view.

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