From Italy, With Love

As you may not know I am a huge fan of texting, emailing and, most importantly, Skype! I believe most of my catching up with family and friends from afar is done by skyping them, so it's no surprise that for this particular feature that I would use none other than my wonderful skyping tool, especially since I was unable to make haste to head across the pond this time around.

Today, FASHION TALES will fly to Italy to introduce you to an emerging designer of ingrained art influenced garments: Lucia Squillari, the young lady behind the women’s label, Larimeloom
Interview Lucia SquillariLarimeloom
Squillari designs feminine, feel-good apparel that has the ability to give you a radiant glow naturally, even in her loose-fitting silhouettes. She may not be traditionally trained, however the garments that she produces showcases a special designing eye that says otherwise.

The Italian native from Alba creates one-of-a-kind pieces and made-to-measure garments for clients worldwide, allowing them to choose from her on-line shop or customise any items wanted by request. Each piece in Squillari’s line is handmade personally by the designer herself right from her home studio using materials from silk and cotton to leather, linen, mixed wool, and blended knits. 

“I do everything myself right now, but I like it that way, I think I'd get tired of doing only one part of the process.”
  
Some of my favourites in her line are basic styled garments or draped pieces – ones that I’d definitely wear in diverse ways. Much of the beauty in her collection lies within the dying methods that she selects, which is cleverly offset by collaborating with an artist who exercises in [yarn dyes] using natural plants, such as onions, berries, leaves, and roots to achieve rich colour. You can see the difference in the herbal and hand-dyed technique in some of Squillari’s lovely accessories, for example in her hand woven garnet red shawl.
Lucia Squillari Etsy Shop Designs

There’s so many reasons that I felt compelled to introduce this emerging designer; admiring her attention to detail whether by fabrication or sheer focus on creating versatile styles. However, ample simplicity is just as important throughout the collection. Squillari’s a young woman who wants to have fun with fashion, but doesn't get caught up in the hype of today’s market and race to stardom.

Instead she’s grounded by her local community, and staying true to herself with her passions. “I must also admit I do not aspire the high-fashion runways. I hate fast paces and stress, so I think I wouldn't have as much fun in the real fashion world,” said Squillari.  
   

It was a pleasure to speak with an independent designer who expresses such harmony in her easy-living designs as much as sharing her gift to the world; on a greater note wanting to make a woman look and feel good in everyday threads with a handmade touch.

For more information you may visit her on-line shop here!  

Getting to know Lucia Squillari:
On design inspiration… “I don’t follow the fashion world very closely, I mostly just do my thing, evolving ideas from other ideas and letting the fabric talk to me.” 

Lessons & learning…On advice to aspiring designers… “Try to have as much fun with it as possible, don’t worry over what you’re doing.... and of course SEW SEW SEW! The only way to grow stronger in something is by doing it!”

Next on the agenda… “I am pretty happy where I am right now, I would like to have my pieces in more stores locally and a larger work space - that is truly necessary!”


Photos: courtesy of Larimeloom

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44 comments

  1. I love her aesthetic.   Such a great find, Madison!

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  2. She is so lovely! She has some gorgeous pieces. Great find!! xo

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  3. I'm positive she doesn't do fashion in my size... but I like what this designer is doing... ticket to Italy is needed.

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  4. I just installed skype so I could talk to my parents in PA



    Shasie 
    Live Life in
    Style

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  5. Thanks Kirsten, Yes her pieces are so unique I love them as well! :)

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  6. well, I always say,"never assume," you just never know until you ask, when you check out the site there is custom made-to-measure available as well as many accessories. Thanks for your comment. Have a great weekend dear. :-)

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  7. Thanks Alexis! She has a pretty inspiring collection. :-)

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  8. These are such beautiful pieces! I love being introduced to new designers - thanks so much!

    Thanks for visiting us, too! Your blog is lovely! We're now happily following! :)-jsorelle in style

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  9. Ooh, what a fantastic piece! I am so loving all of Lucia's designs - they have such an effortlessness to them. Gorg!  :)

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  10. very nice! I'm excited to see what she does next!
    xo
    MosaMuse

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  11. Great interview. i have never heard of her. I love her designs thanks!! :)
    -Jenny

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  12. have a nice stay in Italy dear. I didn't know this designer actually so great to know

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  13. Madison thanks for introducing Squillari!! She is a remarkable designer and has the courage to truly practice the art of being a couturier. She is a handful of designers who are not succumbing to mass production and assembly line fashion! Bravo and I love her collection, especially non-form fitting silhouette. P.S. You look lovely in the lace and vintage outfit.. Sorry unable to comment earlier as had a very busy week at work :)

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  14. Thanks for introducing me to a new designer; her clotes are modern and chic.

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  15. Thank you, and  I'm so happy to introduce you to a new designer. 
    -xxoo

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  16. I'm glad Erika, thanks for your comment. She has such minimal style lines in many pieces, yet they're still alluring. :-)

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  17. A Brit Greek26 June, 2011

    Thanks for sharing such a cool talent. I'm also a big fan of Skype, it's so much easier speaking to family/friends across the globe this way.
    x.o.x.o

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  18. OMIGOSH!!! MAD I LOOOOOOVE IT! LOVE! Her aesthetic is really close to mine, I die over easy clothing and easy living :). Wonderful highlight...going over to her shop now. Thanks for the introductions friend! 

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  19. sartorialsidelines26 June, 2011

    What a great feature - her designs are really lovely, I love the minimalist feel to some of them.

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

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  20. Amazing designs! What a great post dear ♥

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  21. She's clearly very talented! I love that skirt!

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  22. this collection is amazing!

    btw - i also love skype/texting/emailing etc :)

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  23. Winnie_dc27 June, 2011

    Skype is brilliant...I use it a lot too to communicate with family and friends abroad. Great interview and love the colours in her designs.

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  24. I do love Skype! Thanks so much for taking a look at the interview. 
    -xxoo

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  25. Thank you Ambu! She has a pretty amazing collection and attitude toward design.

    *No worries, we are all busy with life. I too have had a bit of a delay in my blogging lately. Take it easy dear.  -xx 

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  26. Hi dear, thanks so much for checking out this post! Always happy to see you visit. -xxoo

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  27. Hi Jenny,
     Thanks! You may check out more from Squillari at her on-line shop. :)

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  28. So am I, thanks for your comment. :-)

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  29. Isn't is wonderful? I use it for work all of the time. :)

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  30. You're very welcome Ofelia! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. xxoo

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  31. Hi doll, so glad that you were able to check it out. Yes, Skype has pretty much brought many connections together (for me, at least). :-)

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  32. Jamillah, 
    I'm happy that you took the time to view this post. I love her designs as well. Thanks! 

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  33. Hi Courtney,
    Yes, I agree the minimalist feel (in many of her designs) is sometimes more alluring, especially with such basic, but rich  colouring. Thanks!

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  34. Thanks Zarna!

    So glad that you liked it. *skype is so good. lol

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  35. Gorgeous collection!

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  36. really cool designer! Like you said, I love the simple draped pieces! Gorgeous colors too!

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  37. Yeah.. skype is fabulous!...
    Ps. these shots are amazing
    lee x
    http://leeoliveira.com

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  38. Hi Lee,
    Thanks so much, Skype is amazing. Have a wonderful day. -xx :)

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  39. Hi Sara,
     Thank you. I'm loving the collection as well. :-)

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  40. Thanks for your comment Katie. Yes she has an incredible line.

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