Facing a courtyard of an old building, and “protected” by many kind of plaints, Maria La Rosa showroom is hidden behind a window door with bordeaux frames. Concealing a little antique world, so refined as hitherto unknown, absolutely glamour, made of fashion accessories and home objects, completely hand-made fabrics. Sold through selected fashionable boutiques in Europe and Japan as well as to Barney’s in the U.S.A.
From a stylist who has known the pleasure and the technique of weaving experimenting infinite potentiality and possibility of this centuries–old craft, since she was a child: “ taking to pieces and reassembling” as she tells “old jumpers”. Or simply looking charmed at the women of the village which are working seated in front of their house during her long period in Sicily, where she was born but left early: travelling all around with her parents. Till when she moved and stopped in Milan. Anyway as soon as she started working in fashion, she should go away very oft, in order to take part to the most important shows. It is really during one of these trips that she discovers in Paris in a junk shop along the Senna, her first wooden loom, in which she experiments and realizes unusual materials, which , from the beginning, seem to be suspended between the past and the feature, the East and the West. In Salento, where together with her husband she has restored an old country house, transforming it in a privileged place of holiday and reflection, she buys the last loom: an horizontal model with eight heddles, devoid of metallic part, which is now in her showroom, close to a large wooden table and surrounded by infinite fabrics.
Her daughters, Alice and Lisa, one is graduated in Design at Politecnico in Milan and the other in Foreign Languages at Cattolica University, since they are child they get in contact with loom, they play using it as a house, hiding themselves under the stretched threads; observing, they make themselves familiar with warps, plots, heddles and shuttles and they learn, already from the times of the high school, to weave and to manufacture small purses. After the degree and after a long stay in Australia they decide to entirely devote to the activity of the family. With their genuine freshness and creativeness they produce exclusive and limited editions of bags, socks, leggings, shoes, bijoux, hats, gloves and shawls in cotton, linen, silk, chenille, alpaca, wool, Shetland, cashmere, felt and lapin, sometimes refined with closures and details in shells, corals, murrhine, amber, amethyst and turquoise or in leather, straw, bamboo. All this is made mostly on loom, but also hand-knitting, macramé, crochet and embroidering: using, according to their inspiration and need, one technique or another. Realized on personal drawings, with traditional techniques, and elaborated with actual taste. Without pursuing fashions, but signalling the tendencies. Individualizing a new style: never excessive or showy to seek with care and passion in the interlacements of the natural fibres, that create precious geometric motives defined by intense chromatic combination. Inspired from models of places and far away countries, from some passages of books or studied by the real life, revisited in a contemporary and seductive way.
They inaugurate their first home collection Nidi: cushions, poufs, arm-chairs, table-cloth, straw baskets, beauty-cases, slippers and socks which are created in order to bring in the living spaces a comfortable and colored atmosphere, lively and painted by the soft and refined textures, characterized by little drawings and declined towards tonalities of the nature, which dress again and create the living spaces.
Thanks to their genuine freshness and creativity for the Summer 2008 Collection they inaugurate Maricò a new line, their first men Collection and a special limited edition of bags with Ken Scott.
They realize a capsule collection of stockings in cashmere with Vanessa Bruno.
They start to collaborate with many stylists and different Collections as Rochas, with a creation of hats and scarves in silk hand-knitted. After that many other collaborations with Moschino, Trussardi, Donna Karan, Proenza Schouler, Vera Wang, Luisa Beccaria, Alviero Martini, Blumarine, Betty Jackson, Alexander Wang, Mulberry, Colangelo, Halston, Betty Jackson, Tibi, Scervino, Bruno Magli, Louis Vuitton show and Gabriela Hearst.
Adèle Exarchopoulos the main actress at “Life of Adele” winner at the Cannes Film wears Maria La Rosa silk socks.
Celebrities who wear Maria La Rosa Socks