Wednesday, 25 April 2012

A cosy vintage shop in Bologna - Dodidi

negozio dodidi vintage bologna


I do love this vintage shop called Dododi, located very close to the place where I live in Bologna (via Guerrini 28, Bologna). It sells vintage clothes, bags, shoes and accessories...if you are in Bologna or plan to come, why don t you pass by?

Monday, 23 April 2012

Lindstén Form Studio

I have spent my Saturday at Salone del Mobile in Milan. I saw thousands of interesting designers...among them one I really loved is Lindstén Form Studio, which is an independent design company based in Stockholm, Sweden.
Lindstén 's  products possess an unique and distinguished design that create interest with its unexpected details.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Siberia Shoes - dare to say you don t love them!!!

A few months ago I posted some pics of Siberia Shop...a great, super creative shop in Budapest. Siberia mainly sells handmade shoes...and if you look at the pics will agree with 's almost impossible to resist the temptations to buy them all.
Anna Zaboeva is the genius mind behind Siberia! the pics below have been taken from Pleasemachinestyle Lab Facebook page...

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Musana Jewelry - fashion for a development project

Today I d like to dedicate a post to Musana Jewelry,  a venture designed to bring stability to impoverished Ugandan mothers by selling their hand-made jewelry. Musana put our profits back into the community through an innovative Ugandan based development project.  Musana provides mothers with: A Steady income
 Financial & literacy classes
 A savings & loans group
An education stipend for their children
I am going to buy something from Musana website I love the idea to support and empower Ugandan women...


Monday, 16 April 2012

Elena Piccolboni - necklace from plastic strings

There is something fascinating about this necklace made this plastic strings (the ones normally used to fix some plants). This has been created and handmade by Elena Piccolboni...a young designer. You can search for her on facebook and see her creations on her page.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Chizu Kobayashi and Silvia Gaiani present MIRELLE vintage bags

Yesterday it was a big success at Matta e Goldoni, a fantastic shop in Via delle Moline 1/c, Bologna.
Chizu Kobayashi ( and myself presented our bags (Chizu designed and made the butterfly you see on the bags in the pics). All bags are unique, they are made of vintage fabrics from all over the world (some of them come from my grandpa's cabinet). They can be order online by sending me an email at and the prices depend on the model...and pls, keep in mind that although the model is the same, fabrics can vary...just tell me the colour you prefer and I ll do my best to stick to your request :)

Saturday, 14 April 2012

A preview of Mirelle's vintage butterfly bag

Hi to everyone. I haven t updated my blog recently for a number of reasons...but the main one is that I have been busy preparing my FIRST collection of handmade bags ...
The butterfly bag you can see above is made with upholstery fabrics from the 40s  and the butterfly decoration has been designed and made by Chizu Kobayashi, a great Japanese artist who does marvellous things with iron, plastic, metals and plexiglas . We have been working together for the last 6 months and she is a great source of inspiration to me.
A part from the butterfly bag, my collection is made up of shopper bags, week end bags, clutches and much more. Each piece is unique, the same fabrics is never used more than one time.
I ll present all my bags at Matta e Goldoni, a super cosy clothes shop in Bologna city center.
Mirelle bags will be soon available on line...but in the meanwhile..if you are interested in buying (I ship overseas) or knowing more about them...send an email to and I ll answer back as soon as I can.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Chez Blanchette - Vintage, handmade and recycled

Raise your hands if you haven't fallen with love with these beautiful clothes....vintage, recycled and reshaped..I love them all.
Welcome to the world of Bianca, a sweet girl retro-nostalgic style that sells accessories for its creation and heads of second-hand, and griffins, from Paris and Lyon. You just have to take a virtual tour on her website , where she accurately reports all information items / accessories, and where she is always available to advise.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Vintage patterns from the 40s



Vintage 1940s KNITTED CROCHETED Slippers,Bed Socks PATTERN Copy 4 Styles


I am totally fascinated by these vintage images representing knitted crochet  hats, bags and clothes...I found them on etsy and think they are a great source of inspiration...

Friday, 6 April 2012



Cuff bracelet

Cuff Bracelet - Silver

Rubber jewelry


VEGHIP Fashion is an Italian eco-chic brand that gathers under its name other vegan brands like Beyond Skin, Uruboro Design and Ecoist. I think it is worth having a look at the webiste....there are a lot of sustainable, eco, cruelty free accessories like shoes, necklaces, bags and much more...

Monday, 2 April 2012

Avigail Adam- beautiful head bands from Israel

All right I think it is pretty clear that I am in my "Israeli" mood... the point is that I really liked all the young creative people I met in Tel Aviv. Avigail Adam is one of them. She is a young jewelry designer and I met her at her stall in Dizengoff Street last Thursday.

Avigail Adam was born and raised in Jerusalem, she graduated from the department of Archaeology in the Hebrew university and after 4 years of traveling around the world she came back and started working as a fashion and beauty journalist.
She designs head bands inspired by her worldly travels, as well as her studies of ancient culture. Other inspirations come from mythology and fairy tales. The head bands are sold in local prestigious boutiques, as well as boutiques located in some of the best fashion capitals of the world. You can also find the head bands starring in commercials, fashion editorials as well as on the heads of the beautiful and famous.

All right yes, I bought the head band below :))

Shopping in Frishman Street, Tel Aviv

My last day in Tel Aviv has gone so fast. I wish I had more time to go exploring this amazing town ...I do love it and it has been such an expected discovery to me.
I must say that the city is vibrant, full of second hand and vintage clothes. A great website is
I do suggest to visit it if you are interested in fashion and want to discover Israeli designers and hidden shops.
Anyway yesterday I took a walk and stepped in the beautiful shop below...located in Frishman Street is a true treasure where you can find great clothes. I took the pics on a VERY sunny day with my iphone so some of them don't really look perfect :)