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AN INSIDER'S GUIDE
TO LECCE ITALY

TRAVEL DIARY

AN INSIDER'S GUIDE
TO LECCE ITALY

TRAVEL DIARY


The Southern Gem of Baroque Italy

Stepping into Lecce is like entering a golden dreamscape. Sunlight bathes the honey-coloured buildings, casting intricate shadows that dance on ornate facades. The air hums with a gentle murmur, a mix of local chatter and the clinking of spoons against espresso cups. As you wander the labyrinthine streets, the scent of freshly baked bread mingles with the salty breeze from the nearby Adriatic coast. A sense of timeless beauty surrounds you, whispering tales of ancient empires and artistic fervor. Here, history isn't confined to museums; it's woven into the very fabric of the city, inviting you to become part of its captivating story.

Curate your dream travel agenda to one of Italy’s most idyllic cities with tips from the creative team who visited, from the churches and piazzas not to be missed to the best tagliatelle in town. “The experience was like anything I’d experienced before” says the stylist, “it’s like a different world inside the city, tranquil and untouched by harsh modernity”.

Discover what to do, eat and pack for a trip to the "The Florence of the South".


THE FEMME DRESS
THE PRIMROSE DRESS

WHERE TO VISIT

Churches stole our hearts this trip. Like every bell tower, statue and historic landmark, Baroquist exhibitions were around every corner, reflecting the maze-like design of the inner city. Basilica di Santa Croce was a breathtaking highlight - boasting an ornate facade and an equally impressive interior filled with sculptures and frescoes. Escaping the crowds, we uncovered the Church of Sant'Irene: peaceful, charming and a beautiful backdrop for campaign shooting.

The Church of Saint Irene - the epitome of Baroque architecture.
SPIRAL

"It's a city that makes you slow down, savor the moment, and truly appreciate the simple joys of life." - Amy Fisher, Head of Design

KERRI
Pink walls of sun-soaked palazzos influenced the hues of new collections.

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

Between shoot locations, food stops were fast but after hours, we indulged in the what the varied city had to offer. From wining and unwinding at Saloon Keeper 1933 to La Torre di Merlino’s incredible pasta to Pasticceria Natale for a late-night gelato, we found some of the best cuisine situated in the small golden streets.

"The menu, like the setting, is a delightful exploration of Puglia's culinary heritage, with fresh seafood and local ingredients taking center stage." - Sarah Holden, Creative Director

THE VICTORY DRESS

WHERE TO STAY

In a charming 18th-century palace overlooking the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, the Santa Chiara hotel was the dream home away from home for the shoot - blending historical elegance with modern amenities. Landmarks like the Santa Chiara Church and Roman Amphitheatre were just steps away, so we could immerse ourselves in the culture of Lecce like a privileged resident.

"By far the prettiest place to stay in the heart of the city. As tourists, we were so close to landmarks and the hotel's stunning interiors kept us inspired between shoots." - Freya Ramsden-Smith, Creative Coordinator


WHAT TO PACK

Embrace your inner Sophia Loren and swap practical outfits for crowd pleasers. Opt for breezy, light-as-air silhouettes in liquid pastel satins to complement your figure and your honey-hued surroundings. For something classic and cinematic, add a full monochrome look to your suitcase; one that’s tailored to perfection and uses Lecce-like architectural volumes and pleats to captivate. Refined yet unique, the looks from our upcoming collections certainly received the approval of piazza admirers behind the cameras.

THE LISBON DRESS
THE MAYFAIR TOP
THE BORDEAUX DRESS
THE DOLCE DRESS
THE GLORIANA DRESS

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