Monday, December 9, 2013

The Fairchild Baldwin designers take on a different part of Italy

Jill Fairchild and Karen Baldwin both come from rich fashion backgrounds, but the buck doesn’t stop there. The two teamed up to create Fairchild Baldwin, a handbag line carried by Fivestory and Calypso, that captures their jet-set lifestyle. The women pinpoint Forte dei Marmi, Italy as the perfect place to hunt for inspiration, ride around on blinged-out bikes and find your fall footwear.


Italian secret

We are reluctant to share our favorite place because it’s becoming more of a destination, but it is Forte dei Marmi. Think “Santa Barbara meets Saint-Tropez,” but even better! Forte is one of the oldest beach resorts in all of Italy.


Classic accommodations

Villa Roma Imperiale is defined by Italian discretion and simplicity that’s über chic. The whole experience is close to perfection, with an incredible breakfast made up of delicious fruit and incredible cakes and pastries, and phenomenal lunches, especially the tuna sandwich. We are obsessed. Teatime is also a delight, with wonderful exotic teas and a staff that makes you want to stay forever. In short, this hotel is an Italian jewel!


Not all who wander are lost

We live for the flea market every Sunday and Wednesday. It’s all about hunting for treasure. We love sitting on the beach ensconced at the Impero Beach club­—a locale which offers us the chance to get in henna tattoos, a quiet Thai massage and then a little beach shopping from all the vendors wandering the sand peddling their wares.


The scene 

Lots of fashion designers are there, looking for inspiration just like we are at Fairchild Baldwin.


Ideal itinerary

Go up to Pietrasanta, a fantastic picturesque village filled with the artsy set, including the painter Fernando Botero. Make sure to travel by bicycle; everyone gets around by bike, and it’s not about fancy bikes, but  who has the best-dressed bike basket! In terms of dining: Al Bocconcino has the greatest pizza on the planet. We adore Tre Stelle, a streetside trattoria with chic people.


We came back chic-er because . . .

. . . of our Forte boots. We are addicted and have multiple pairs.


Caution: uneven surface

Beware of the cobblestones in Italy. We vote wedges, not spike heels.


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