What's cooking, good looking?
Everytime you see that particular perfect luxurious blazer that would fit all your dresses, pants and skirts – it's probably a Blazé Milano blazer. Three women, who worked together at Italian Elle Magazine, stand behind this fashion brand, that we have all waited for. And that is also worn by style icons like Caroline de Maigret and Alexa Chung.
These three women are Delfina Pinardi, Corrada Rodriguez and Sole Torlonia. They share a passion for Haute Couture. Together they decided to revolutionize one garment: the blazer. They did. As part of our quick interview series #TOGETHERWEAREEUROPE, we caught up with them to find out how they are coping with Coronavirus times. Pretty good as we think: Get a watery mouth by reading what the Italian ladies are cooking in these days!
MADAME: Where are you currently?
Sole: I’m very lucky because my house is in the countryside, near Rome.
Delfina: I am at home near Florence with my dog, at the country side. I feel very blessed since I moved here last October after having lived 20 years in the world’s big fashion capitals,Milan.
Corrada: I happen to be in Rome, I was here for a weekend just before Italy’s lockdown, and I stayed. I am in the house I lived in whilst going to school as a kid, so it’s an interesting feeling to spend so much time quarantined in a place full of childhood memories.
M: How you stay in contact with your clients now?
Sole: Our relationship with our clients is probably much stronger now than it has been in the past. We hold many conference calls with them inorder to plan future business development.
M: What's the biggest change for you because of Corona?
Delfina: By nature, I am a very social and aggregating person, hyper active and enthusiastic; I always thought that I had to prove to myself and to others that I was capable, competent, smart, quick etc.. These past two months gave me the opportunity to stop. Changing my routine and having less things to do, has stressed me out at the beginning, and it was a real challenge for me. I am trying to enjoy the be atitude of being on a sofa from time to time, smile and be grateful of my persona at what I have done till today.
M: Is there anything you wanna do different in future?
Corrada: I imagine each one of us is thinking the same right now: how important health and family are, how much less of everything is really necessary, and how much more we need to think as a whole and less as single beings. This is something that will need to happenurgently for humanity to create a better world.
M: How do you entertain yourself these days (Netflix, books, Instagram,...)?
Sole: I have 2 small kids that keep me very busy when I’m not working online. The nice part of this quarantine is that I have learned how tocook and how to entertain kids with old games.
Delfina: Gardening, walking on the fields and woods around here, discovering new paths, picking wild flowers for the house. Cooking things I didn’t havethe time before, meditating much more my religion (I am Buddhist)practicing yoga, checking emails, running the business on Zoom,and once in a while having fun on the House Party application for the aperitive time...
Corrada: I keep very active physically every day, dancing and working out. I enjoy the terrace sun for at least an hour a day, so important for vitamin D and a good night rest. I never stop creative research forour brand of course, since its my job and my passion. I only watch movies at night, this is a rule. I am trying to get the best in ahealthy way from this lockdown, meaning healthy food, good energy, mental balance and long hours of sleep.
M: Any books, movies you wanna recommend, recipes you wanna share?
Corrada: The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, movie: Bourne (Jason Bourne).
Delfina: L'affaire Saint-Fiacreby GeorgesSimenon , Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, recipes: Roasted polenta with feta cheese and rosemary, Maccheroni with broccoli & ricotta cheese.
Sole: Netflix TV series Self-Made, recipe: home-made pasta (fettuccine) with wild asparagus and cheek lard.