Cinny Murray is Chico's President.
One of my favorite countries to visit is Italy. I love the old world way of doing things; the hand touch and craft that goes into making everything from shoes to jewelry. Everywhere you look there’s something that delights the eye and inspires. The food isn’t bad either! This fall, I was lucky enough to travel to Italy with Chico’s head of design, Tracy Traver, on business. After flying all night, we started our journey in Milan, looking through all of the fashionable boutiques (after an espresso and a pancake, of course!) Then, we traveled to Lake Como, where many of our print studios are located. I can see why the artists are so inspired; there is beauty everywhere. We ate a lot of pasta, but you walk or bike all over Italy, so we kept up with our meals.
The breakfast spread at our hotel, Villa Flori, was heavenly. You can see the lake just outside the door. It was a spectacular way to start the day.
Then, we hopped on bikes to head into town to look around and visit some of the famous fabric mills and printmakers. It was a perfect early fall day for a ride. We saw the beautiful landscape and hopefully worked off a little bit of breakfast.
We loved the workspaces at our first stop. Those arches are so classic and clean, and the skylights let the light in. Nothing is more refreshing than greenery indoors.
We immediately got down to business, pulling prints and brainstorming. There was a lot to look through and talk about. Tracy has been working with printmakers in Italy for years. She went to college at the University in Perugia, where she first fell in love with Italian style.
We were starving, so it was back on the bikes and off to lunch. We stopped at the most charming restaurant in town, directly on the lake. The view was stunning and the food was just as good as the view.
I love old doors—there’s something about them that inspires me. They are everywhere you look in Italy. Maybe they’ll show up in a print?
We stopped for a quick coffee before we quickly had to check out, change, and run to the airport. Doesn’t Tracy look fabulous? She’s in head to toe Chico’s Black Label. Then, off to Rome…
No rest for the weary! Stay tuned!