The Tide That Binds

The Tide That Binds

Most of the designs created at our factory on Giudecca have historically been original designs by Mariano Fortuny. But as trends have changed, Fortuny has emerged with new, unique colors and patterns throughout our history. Among them is Camo Isole, a uniquely Venetian rendition of camouflage, introduced in 2015 as part of The Foxes’ Wedding collection. From a collection of photographs of reflections on the Giudecca Canal taken in front of our factory, Camo Isole seamlessly blends into the waters which inspired it. From the vetiver blues of the sky’s reflection glistening off the gentle waves to the deep sea greens, Camo Isole flows through the fabric on which it’s painted. 

If you’ve never visited one of our showrooms, you may not immediately recognize what these lustrous metallic bodies are that float across the field of fabric. They are quite significant, though. From the imagination of Fortuny’s Artistic Director, Mickey Riad, Camo Isole is adorned in islands that hold a special place in the hearts of the company and its employees. Fortuny wouldn’t be what it is today without the artisans working at the Fortuny factory or the sales representatives spreading the beauty of our fabrics. To honor them and their work, you can find islands such as Sicily, Cuba, and the Philippines. Obviously, Venice, including Giudecca with a dot signifying the location of our factory, can also be spotted among them. And closer to the heart of the Riad family you can find Manhattan, Long Island, and various other East coast islands. So many more islands could be named, but hearing the story in person makes the fabric that much more special.

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