“As the fash­ion world changes And evolves, we move for­ward with it, Al­ways mak­ing sure that we keep our sense of co­her­ence And con­ti­nu­ity in­tact”

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the Tus­can town of Castelfiorentino, half­way be­tween Florence and Pisa. “Some of my best child­hood mem­o­ries hap­pened at Granaiolo,” says Lau­do­mia. “I would spend much time loung­ing by the pool or rid­ing horses with my friends. To ren­o­vate it into a space for Pucci as a brand was to give it an­other di­men­sion.” At Granaiolo, her fa­ther’s orig­i­nal de­signs, fab­rics, sketches and pho­to­graphs are stored in tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled rooms. Gar­ments are hung in wooden clos­ets painted with nonacid coats to avoid dam­age. Aside from be­ing a home to the brand’s archives, Granaiolo is a place for stu­dents to learn new skills and ex­per­i­ment with their cre­ativ­ity. The grounds in­clude a Tal­ent Cen­tre, a mul­ti­pur­pose space for train­ing and con­duct­ing workshops. Lau­do­mia had a colour­ful child­hood on the coun­try es­tate. It was the site of leg­endary par­ties in the 1960s and ’70s, and hosted var­i­ous il­lus­tri­ous vis­i­tors, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the Kissinger and Von Furstenberg fam­i­lies. She re­mem­bers in­ter­na­tional mod­els be­ing pho­tographed on the rooftop, thun­der­ous ap­plause af­ter bian­nual fash­ion shows on the es­tate, her fa­ther work­ing with bolts of strik­ing printed fab­ric. “We, as chil­dren, per­ceive the en­vi­ron­ment we live in as what is or­di­nary,” she says. “Emilio Pucci the fa­ther, though strict, en­joyed spend­ing time with his chil­dren. We were taught to ski, swim and ride; we were highly ac­tive. He also made sure we learnt to speak English. Emilio Pucci the de­signer was a tor­nado—highly

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