Italians are well known for their appreciation of the finer things in life, something which online boutique Finaest celebrates and shares by giving international e-shoppers access to the very best of Italian fashion and accessories.
Founder Luca Gian Maria Catalano racked up years of experience as an entrepreneurial and finance consultant before deciding to support the dwindling numbers of artisans in their home country. Showcasing pieces from both established and emerging brands, the website is closely curated: everything must be entirely made in Italy and characterized by excellent workmanship and materials.
The men’s section is a cornucopia of sartorial excellence, from the Grignola 1966 grained calf leather briefcase (€512) to the Francesco Maglia 1854 Benjamin umbrella (€185), complete with Malacca wood handle. Other highlights include the Miserocchi driving shoes (from €180, third picture) – beloved by Gianni Agnelli – while the modern Oliviero Toscani glasses (€135, second picture) come in a variety of shades (cognac is a favourite) and is similar to a style worn by icons such as Woody Allen.
The women’s section is also replete with savvy picks: witness the Vernissage Motherbee pendant (€150) in silver, and the You Khanga slippers (€175, first picture), available in a plethora of colours – the orange and blue colourway is particularly chic. For a vintage-style hit, check out the Tasso hat (€220) in blue rabbit felt from the family run Panizza.
Complemented by behind-the-scenes videos and interviews with the designer-makers, Finaestis bringing traditional Italian bottegas firmly into the 21st century, and a touch of la dolce vita to online shopping.