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Global travel is back—and so are the jet-setters doing it in style. In that spirit, British retailer Matches Fashion kicked off its Grand Tour Italy, a series of immersive parties and shopping events that put the season’s best holiday outfits in their place. il bell paese. With stops in Rome, Florence, Naples and the Mediterranean island of Ischia, itineraries and flight attendant outfits are enough to make every connoisseur of luxury hotels and luxury fashion want to jump on the next flight to la dolce vita.
This excursion is actually part two of the Grand Tour Italy initiative Match launched in 2019 in collaboration with Marie-Louise Sci, CEO and creative director of the Pellicano Hotels Group (which includes the legendary Porto Ercole holiday Il Pellicano and the bustling resort of Mezzatorre) and Milanese. stylist Robert Rabensteiner. This duo knows a thing or two about life well and looks good doing it — with mother Sciò being an inspiration to Slim Aarons and Rabensteiner for a long time. Vogue L’Uomo editor and one of the most respected Italian aesthetics. Together, their series of cocktail parties, private art tours, and pop-up shopping events is a movable summer style party.
Celebrations kick off on Thursday in Rome, with a pop-up shop in Piazza De’Ricci, which is open to everyone and lasts until May 8. The Roman residency was inaugurated with a cocktail party and dinner at fashion favorite Pierluigi’s cafeteria, followed by a weekend excursion to the seaside hotel La Posta Vecchia. From there, Sci and Rabensteiner will head north to Florence for a dance card package that includes dinner at the Palazzo Corsini on June 10, followed by a weekend private art and architecture tour of the city. It all closes with the long weekend from July 19 to 22, when VIP guests will spend the night in Naples before traveling by boat to the Mezzatorre Hotel & Thermal Spa on the beautiful island of Ischia for a weekend of shopping, socializing. and enjoy under the Tyrrhenian sun.
For those of us who won’t be joining in on a sybaritic excursion, Matches brings the gadabout Riviera vibe to everyone with a capsule collection of women’s, men’s and home products curated by Sciò and Rabensteiner. They’re the kind of stuff any wardrobe should include for summer bouncing around a sun-drenched spot: hat by Nick Fouquet, loose-fitting cotton jeans from Jil Sander, plush suede espadrilles from Guanabana, longline linen shirt from Arjé, Gucci x Globe-Trotter luggage and more.
Overall, the Big Tour is something we’ve been really missing since pre-pandemic—and exactly what we’re looking forward to this summer. Whether it’s the Med, the Hamptons, the Caribbean, or your backyard, Matches holiday edits are a great place to start your packing list for any destination on your itinerary.
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