Sunday, 10 June 2012

Convivio




Hello everyone! Would you wear a matching handbag and wallet?

This morning I went to check out Convivio, a (predominately) clothing fair benefiting the Italian National AIDS Association (ANLAIDS). When it started, in 1992, it was a VIP-only event held at the Castello Sforzesco. Today, it is a large benefit that draws about 60,000 people to Fiera Milano City, the downtown outpost of Milan's exhibition centre, which happens to be located a block from where we live.

The idea is that contributing brands donate a few items that are then sold at about half price, with all revenue devoted to ANLAIDS. I had seen a preview (here), but today the selection remaining was quite limited. Brunello Cucinelli had a total of 10 pieces in unlikely sizes, and Gucci had only its limited-edition canvas totes created for the event. Nonetheless I was able to score a incredible bargain, in the form of this studded Etro shopper with matching makeup bag and wallet. It felt good to give back, for once!


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