I’m on diet, I want to loose 10 kgs and I know that part of them comes from great dinners at Ferdinando Botto Poala’s place. I met this guy when we where teenagers, utterly disliked him first and slowly turned him into a dear friend. He’s from my hometown, Biella, in Northern Italy, his family has been for decades in the top wool business, where he works too, but to me Nando is above all a chef and a genuine art lover.
Last Thursday Prince died all of a sudden and, all of a sudden, I missed his music so much. Forget about the fact that on Youtube I found out that it was almost impossible to see any footage about him. The thing is: why did I ever stop listening to him? When did it happen that I didn’t add to my playlist When doves cry?
I can still see myself in the back of my Mum’s Mini Cooper entering a petrol station. Each time it was a thrill I waited with impatience, as a little kid. Mum lowered the window, smiling to the guy: “Il pieno, per favore” (Fill up, please), she said, and I got ready for the excitement. I loved the smell of petrol, it was strong, it almost made me dizzy. I had to wait for the right moment in utmost concentration because it reached the inside of the car, all of a sudden.
I have a dream, and it started with this picture, now hanging on the wall in my living room. Luigi Baldelli photographed this girl in a village in Malawi while I was talking to the women of that little place.
Waimea is a small Italian brand founded in 2004 by Emiliano Santiago Arrieta, the most anti-fashion guy I ever met in my life. Half Italian and half Argentinian, he doesn’t care about trends, never read Vogue in his life and only think about surf, motorbikes and girls. He’s wild at heart, only he’s got a great warm heart, madly in love with life.
“Anyone could do it”. I interviewed quite a bunch of people with my job and this is the first time I get this remark. Jimi Roos, Swedish, 36, moved to Italy 16 years ago chasing for the sun and a warmer way of life. Now he lives in New York, where his wife works as a designer for Marc Jacobs, but his business keeps growing in Tuscany.