• A Fascination with Greece: The Palace of Knossos

    A lot can be learned from the sketchbook of a master. A scrap from 1906 gives us a glimpse into Fortuny's the process and influence. In 1905, Sir Arthur Evans' completed his historic archeological dig of the palace of Knossos in Greece -- this is Fortuny's sketch of the discovered pieces.  It seems Fortuny, a known Grecophile, was [...] Continue Reading
  • Fortuny Unveils Collection W/S 2015 – The Foxes’ Wedding

    Drawing inspiration from Japanese folklore of “The Fox’s Wedding,” Fortuny released 30 new SKUs in the W/S 2015 collection, including four newly designed patterns, two archival patterns and seven existing patterns in new colorways.  The line also includes a limited edition series of Ann Wood designed Fortuny foxes wearing reversible Fortuny kimonos. “We decided upon [...] Continue Reading
  • When Venice is too Far Away: A Meditation

    Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor of The New Yorker, recently published an entertaining piece called “The Anatomy of a Cartoon,” in which he chronicles the inception and development of one of Joe Dator’s iconic drawings. His example depicts a couple sitting in a gondola while stuck in the middle of a classic Manhattan traffic jam. Naturally, […]

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  • The Timelessness of the Pleats

    No matter the city, whether it be New York, Milan or Paris, in every season surrounding the flurry of Fashion Week, there is an inevitable shift in the "It" crowd–new models arrive on the scene, new designers have their first shows, and new trends make their debuts. However, among all the new, one can often [...] Continue Reading
  • Milton Gendel’s Portrait of the Countess

    Those that have had the honor of meeting or knowing Countess Elsie Lee Gozzi can attest to her larger-than-life persona, a fitting description for the woman responsible for bringing Fortuny’s textiles out of the churches, museums and theater and into people’s homes. Her relationship with Fortuny began in 1927 and continued until her death in [...] Continue Reading
  • Bill Cunningham’s “Facades”

    Bill Cunningham's series "Facades" is on view at the New York Historical Society through this Sunday, June 15.  In his project, which spanned from the late sixties to early seventies, Cunningham shot portraits of Italian-American photographer Editta Sherman in front of landmark buildings around Manhattan, dressed and posed in styles contemporary with the architecture of [...] Continue Reading
  • Summer Countdown

    It’s almost Memorial Day, marking the unofficial start to summer, and we could not be more ready for the barbecues, dips in the pool, and trips to the beach - our Fortuny cooler in tow, of course. Until then, these summery fabrics remind us of soothing, blue waves and the beaming, yellow sun, holding us [...] Continue Reading
  • Happy Birthday, Mariano, and Happy Mother’s Day, Cecilia!

    As most of us have figured out by now, this Sunday is Mother's day. Also, this Sunday is Mariano Fortuny's 143rd birthday (May 11th).  We will be celebrating, and we hope you all take a moment to toast the incredible artist, inventor and founder of our company, without whom our homes, cathedrals, dimmer switches and theater [...] Continue Reading
  • Now Available: Fortuny Velvets & Wools

    Introduced this January at Paris Deco off, our latest collection is officially available. Fortuny Velvets & Wools is our first-ever collection of solid and striped velvets & wools tailored to the Fortuny palette. About Fortuny Velvets & Wools RONDO & FUGUE Patterns Rondo and Fugue are woven from 100% Merino wool in fine worsted flannel [...] Continue Reading
  • “History in the Making”

    “Consider three objects: a sweep of wallpaper whose billowing black and white cloud motif brings to mind a hand-carved woodcut; an elegant console table with a design of trailing wisteria inlaid in golden wood; and a pillow made of exquisite fabrics, its scrolling floral pattern reminiscent of the 17th century. “What do these pieces have [...] Continue Reading