Wednesday was an eventful day! We started off with class, then headed to Pitti Mosaici. I was blown away when I walked in. There was so much to look at and it was unbelievable all of this art was made from stone.
We went down to their studio where everything is made and we learned some history about the company. If you wanted to work for them, it would take three years for training. Once training was over, you would only be able to do small simple mosaics. None of these mosaics are painted, it’s hard to comprehend, it’s all stone polished and placed. Below are some photos of our visit.
The next place we went was very exclusive and we couldn’t take any photos. Gucci Headquarters. It was so exciting to go and see what happens there. This isn’t their factory where they make products and distribute. This is where they design and sample new pieces for a collection. We went through a room with all the skins of animals. They had all of these laid out for us to see and feel. Obviously, they would not use what we are touching on a bag, but it was cool to hear about the animals and how many they need for a bag.
We proceeded to the next room to see how the patterns are cut. It takes 1.5 hours to cut and match the skins. We walked into another room, we were split into two groups because there are so many of us. We walked in and it was different work stations, with people making different products. This room is where the upcoming collection is made. Also custom products for clients. Everyone here at Gucci was so nice, they would smile and they welcomed us here. We then had to leave, before that Michael took a group photo of us and a spare of the moment photo shoot for a few of us.
After we left Gucci we had some free time to grab a bite to eat before the Opera. This was my first time at the Opera, so I didn’t know what to expect. The show was in French with Italian and English subtitles. I did enjoy the show, the run time was 3.5 hours, sitting there and trying not to fall asleep was difficult. I did love the show, but I will stick to broadway shows.