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Friday, December 3, 2010

NIGHTLIGHT: Peachy Deegan continues to exclaim "Amo Le Scarpe Italiane" but this time at the New York Public Library with ANCI, the Italian Footwear Manufacturers' Association

It is shoe week, New York!  And we are sad it's over but happy for all the new shoes we met.  We love love shoes at Whom You Know and have three shoe columns to prove it.   We love the other disciplines also but cannot think of a circumstance where there is more than two columns devoted to it...and last night we were happy to continue seeing the great work of ANCI, this time at the New York Public Library.  Peachy Deegan attended with Mover and Shaker Jennifer Dixon-we think Hunter Dixon looks would pair well with Italian-made shoes-and we were not surprised at all at the level of detail in the whole presentation.   This group does things right-from the video stations of the four different shoe making regions they are currently featuring right down to the catering that matched those regions, everything was perfect.  Peachy's friend Annalisa, who we must say is the most stylish and slimmest pregnant person we have ever seen and dresses so well remembered that The Peachy Deegan is made in a champagne glass....last night they served some lovely strawberry champagne concoctions but not The Peachy Deegan;  Alejandra Cicognani and Peachy are going to go to Swifty's to have it.

We must emphasize that The Peachy Deegan tastes best when you are wearing the right shoes and of course we don't need to tell you that you dress for Swifty's.  Peachy looks at shoes and thinks are they gorgeous or are they not?  Can she walk in them or will she end up with a ton of blisters?  Quite honestly we had not given enough thought to where shoes are made until recently and we must say we are enlightened.  Of course, we are American at Whom You Know and love great American products like Corvettes and Star Vodka, but we have yet to find great American shoes made in America.  One of our favorite shoe designers, the American Dana Davis from Beverly Hills, even has her shoes made in Italy.  So it took very little arm twisting to get Peachy on board for proclaiming that Italian made shoes are the best!  She even learned how to say so; here is your Italian lesson for the day:
"Amo Le Scarpe Italiane" means I love Italian shoes!  And we can't wait to review more of them.

ANCI, the Italian Footwear Manufacturers’ Association in collaboration with ICE, the Italian Trade Commission, has announced the New York edition of “I LOVE ITALIAN SHOES”. They will showcase the creativity, flair, sophistication and exquisite craftsmanship and style of “Made in Italy” shoe design and production during the December edition of FFANY, from December 1st to December 3rd at the Hilton Hotel.   Whom You Know went to every booth in this fair and you can notice quite a qualitative difference between shoes that are made in Italy and those that are not.

Italian shoes, renowned for their expert combination of traditional craftsmanship, modern technology and design have the largest influence on the footwear industry internationally. The most prestigious shoe designs in the world today are Italian.  “We are incredibly proud to be able to represent the world’s finest craftsmen and shoemakers. In our modern global economy the dedication to hand-crafted quality of all ANCI members is a precious rarity,”  remarked Fabio Aromatici, General Manager of ANCI, “while of course we are focused on economic success, as Italians, our first focus will always be the quality, craftsmanship and care that has gone into each of our shoes for countless generations.”

“We are happy and proud to work with ANCI in order to present at FFANY the workmanship, design and extraordinary imagination of our designers and manufacturers”, said Aniello Musella, Italian Trade Commissioner and Executive Director for USA, headquartered in New York. “Italy is the third largest exporter of footwear in the United States. Italy holds, the first place in the footwear luxury sector”, he added.  He was delightful to chat with at lunch too!

The “I Love Italian shoes” project will celebrate its New York edition with a private cocktail and preview of the fall 2011 season at the New York Public Library. In the spirit of fine Italian craftsmanship ANCI has hand selected traditional dishes and cocktails from each of the four regions that the association proudly represents here in New York: Lombardy, Marche, Tuscany and Veneto. 

In order to celebrate the entrance in America, ANCI is presenting a gourmet synthesis of the Italian lifestyle and culture that has made its products so highly prized in the global marketplace: quality, creativity and tradition.

The presence of a group of selected companies at FFANY has been made possible through the joint promotional activities of ANCI and ICE in the US market.

ICE is the Italian government agency entrusted with the development, facilitation and promotion of trade between Italy and other countries in the world. Its mission is to support the internationalization of Italian firms and their consolidation in foreign markets. 

An outstanding job by A. Cicognani Communications!

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