And why does Ellinor Stigle, Beautifuli.com’s Director of Photography, love Florence so? It wakes her at morning with a cappucho at the tabacci on the corner of Via Geulfa and Via Panicale. It pulls her into lively conversations with neighbors; it leads her down the ancient streets of the Oltrarno to browse shops in the old artisans district. According to Ellinor, “the art of fragrance was born in Florence” and no trip back to her favorite city is complete without a visit to perfumeries.
Favorites? Farmaccia SS and Santa Maria Novello. Then evening draws in at the Piazza di Santo Spirito, and “grandma and grandpa, grand children, puppies, the teenagers in the corner… everyone… is there.” Quintessential Florence seen from an outdoor table at the tiny trattoria Borgo Antico over a plate of smoked mozzarella and zuccini risotto. “Eat it. Die. And come to heaven.” says this impassioned photographer with an eye out, always, for life’s best moments.
Ellinor’s eco-fashion choices are just right for a day of rambling through a beloved city, where the perfect finish to a perfect day is a visit to the King of Grappa. “He greets you at the door with open arms and a big belly. He gives you a hug and asks you questions about your taste…” And then…imagine a homemade grappa selected just for you.
Her Eco Ensemble:
No journey should be undertaken without a favorite hat. Ellinor’s is a vintage men’s Yohji Yamamoto, because it’s one of the things she shares with her husband. “When I wear it, I feel invincible.”
Walking a city is too wonderful when it’s both comfortable and stylish. And it doesn’t get more so than this look from the M.Patmos Pre-Spring 2012 collection: leather sequined cigarette pants, reversible tank in nude, and the tuxedo jacket.
Ellinor loves Chinatown-based a.b.k.’s custom leather craft for its urban style and simplicity. Here her bag, shoes, Leica camera case and favorite skinny wrap belt all come from a.b.k. (a.k.a. Alya B. Kazakevich.) Leather goods tend to live with us awhile, especially for a hard-working fashion photographer, so it’s no wonder she gravitates toward products with a good story to tell. A.B.K. uses only domestically produced, vegetable-tanned leather. More care goes into the details of hand dying and stitching. And to wrap up this sustainably satisfying story, all the hardware comes either from discontinued production stock or small suppliers in the U.S.
Wrist and hand are dressed in bangles and a high-profile “step” ring, both from KORA. Crafted by artisans in Kenya, Ellinor’s choices are made of recycled Ankole cow horn and recycled brass wire. KORA believes in merging the world of fashion and sustainable business development “to the mutual benefit of both.” We second that emotion.
(Photos: All photos sourced from designer’s web sites)