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Naples II

Posted on 28 Jun 2013

Naples II

On our final day we ride the metro – a long and laborious undertaking – to Chaia, the
marina. Walking to the sea, we briefly find ourselves amidst the wealthy, perfumed elite
of Naples. 
Designer shops and puffed-up restaurants line the pavement and swarthy,
deck-shoed young men saunter. As we walk along the seafront, we watch over-tanned,
over-weight Neapolitans sunbathing on the rocky beach, lazing on sailing boats, eating
and arguing (as the residents of the city seem to be permanently engaged)...

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Posted in Editor's Choice By Natalie

Naples I

Posted on 27 Jun 2013


Naples is a whole other animal. The air here clings like a warm, damp cloth. It's like
the poor, alcoholic grandmother of Rome, who forgets to wash and keep her manners
in check. The old town is a warren of narrow cobbled streets held together by strings of
washing, like pulled stitches. Neapolitans eye us from doorways and the backs of
ramshackle scooters.

Later we drink a beer and a prosecco in a tiny dimly-lit bar in the Jewish quarter, full
of locals studiously ignoring the smoking ban. Th...

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Posted in Editor's Choice By Natalie

Portrait of a Shoemaker

Posted on 24 Jun 2013

Italian Shoemaker

A string of muttered obscenities, entreaties to the gods and condemnation of various
mortal and immortal beings flows from the lips of Roberto. Tattooed and pierced, iPod
stuffed firmly in one ear, phone clamped to the opposite shoulder, he's much like any
young Italian, except that while he conducts this impassioned conversation with his friend
(maybe his mother?) he's also gouging away at a leather-covered last on his workstation.

Shoemaking by hand is alive and well in Florence, and doing a ...

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Posted in Editor's Choice By Natalie

When In Rome

Posted on 17 Jun 2013


In Rome we buy small bottles of prosecco and drink them on the grimy steps of the
fountain in Piazza Trilussa in Trastevere, where the resident drunks gave a hearty
'auguri!' as the corks popped across the square. 

We watch the sun go down from the Villa Borghese, looking out over the rooftops of the
city. I always expect everything to be the same when I visit Rome, and in some ways it is,
but I never quite recapture how I felt the first time I came here, a feeling of falling utterly
and irrevoca...

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Posted in Editor's Choice By Natalie

Place Of Origin: Italy

Posted on 14 Jun 2013


As part of our Place of Origin series we'll be taking you on a journey through Italy over
the next few weeks.

Writing from Italy will be our guest blogger Natalie, of, whose
words and photography you'll have seen each week on the Tails blog. Having lived in
Italy, she's well placed to be bringing us snippets over the upcoming weeks.

From cobbled alleys to sunlit piazzas, characters larger than life to food that affirms it,
as well as a report from the Pitti Uomo trade show in Flor...

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Posted in Editor's Choice By Natalie

The Don

Posted on 12 Apr 2013

Mad Men

The multi-award winning period drama Mad Men returned to our screens this week,
meaning the return of the original 'Mad Man' himself, Don Draper. The charming Don,
played by Jon Hamm, has lived through personal demons and more than his fair
share of drinking, smoking and one-night-stands over the seasons.

Despite this, dressed by a costume team infamously devoted to pin-sharp accuracy,
Don never fails to look immaculate, and if not immaculate, then dressed in a way that
still draws the eye. It's easy ...

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Posted in Editor's Choice By Jamie

Django, The Hats Aren't Silent...

Posted on 7 Mar 2013

Christopher Waltz in Django Unchained

Nobody does cinema quite like Quentin Tarantino, and whether you love him or hate him, it’s
impossible to not be a fan of at least one of his movies; unless of course you’re not into
blood, guts or
 Samuel L Jackson. His latest blockbuster instalment ‘Django Unchained’ is a
typical Tarantino picture,
 set against a backdrop of a pre-emancipated America, with the
structure of an old fashioned spaghetti
 Western and plenty of thrills and spills.There is also an  
abundance of sublime acting per...

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Posted in Editor's Choice By Jamie

The team has pulled together a list of favourite winter items; some new in and
some you may recognise as old favourites.
As always, we’d love to hear from you, so do get in touch.

1. Lambs Wool Cardigan by Wolsey
This beautifully soft and warm classic cardigan will stand the test of time and looks
great with jeans, cords or chinos.

2. Ushanka Russian Fur Hat
The Russians know how to do warm hats. If you’re waiting with trepidation for the
snow to hit, this is just the thing.

3. Fair Isle Socks by Corgi

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Posted in Editor's Choice By N. A. David