The great designer is sitting on a white couch, surrounded and flattered by friends and fans. He is holding a flute of champagne. He immediately offers me one without knowing who I am. He is very kind and cordial, more so when the beautiful blond lady tells him my name and explains the originality of my work.
I notice his interest right away… his questions become more searching as he tries to learn more. I do not lack fantasy, even when inventing absurd tales. I have the ability to be quick, believable and keep a straight face.
In fact, I explain all of my painting and printing techniques, thinking of the fabrics, sweaters and pullovers I am printing daily. I just change the material from fabric to leather!
He asks me to bring some samples the next day. He will be leaving early in the afternoon, so, the appointment is made for late morning!
My head is spinning like a top, my friend asks me what I am thinking about so earnestly.
What colors am I might going to use? Where can I buy light glove leather? How can I roll it on the table to get a perfect print surface?
Next morning… get up early… I remember that my warehouse keeper Gianluigi used to work in a knitwear factory where they were using leather patches… the ones you apply to the elbows of shirts… Gianluigi procures me the leather and begins to help me make the leather soft and supple… a very light leather, light beige in color… the design I print on it is that of a small flower… 5 or 6 colors… very nice.
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN THE WORLD THAT LEATHER IS PRINTED ON AS IF IT WERE FABRIC!
I am very pleased… I rush to the appointment with the great designer. As soon as he sees my samples he cannot hide his enthusiasm. He begins to talk about collections… exclusivity… things that are new to me. I take my time and promise that I will soon get in touch!
This story is very important. From this strange coincidence the very idea of creating my first fashion collection is born.
I leave you now. I really want you to think about this…!
To be continued tomorrow…
Un bacino e…
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