Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio of Florence was one of the artificers, as fabric supplier, of the 11 collections of Baguettes by Fendi produced from 1997 through 2005, and of a special model created specifically for the 2007 runway show on the Great Wall of China,
The fabrics, hand-woven of silk on the manufactory’s historic looms, were the result of close collaboration between the creative talents of the fashion house and of the foundation: each Baguette bag is fruit of a complex design process and meticulous preparation carried out in various stages.
Fendi believed in the skills and in the possibilities offered by Fondazione Lisio and entrusted the manufactory with creation of the fabrics for twelve Baguette models.
The collaboration between Fendi and the Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio is a perfect example of italian savoir faire and excellence in craftsmanship. In a successful blend of innovation and tradition, the most modern design technologies merge with time-tested production techniques for velvets, silk brocades, and precious metals, which the Fondazione has protected and passed on since its founding in 1971. From 1997 to 2004, as well as for the groundbreaking fashion show held in 2007 on the Great Wall of China, the Fondazione Lisio has created velvets, brocades and silks decorated with antique motifs. Fendi has worked side by side the Fondazione Lisio for every phase of the articulated design process for twelve Baguette models, all of which have been created with hand-stitched fabrics produced on the Fondazione legendary looms. The first Baguette in 1997, created with a patterned velvet that defi nes and highlights Fendi's double F monogram, pays a homage to the ancient art of hand-weaving valuable velvets, a technique in Italian manufacturing that achieved its splendid apex from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries.