Milan Flower Shop News
Yuletide bling on a budget:London's florist to the stars reveals the secret to affordable Christmas decorations - Homes and PropertyTuesday, December 19, 2017
Lady Gaga flies florist Neill Strain to Milan. A recent commission was to create a giant “DV” in roses and gardenias for Donatella Versace’s party. Joan Collins adores him. He’s in Kanye West’s address book — and Victoria Beckham’s. Neill, 34, the Belgravia florist with a Northern Irish lilt, is a flower obsessive.The outside of his shop in West Halkin Street is unmissable, a real crowd stopper. Neill Strain Floral Couture has recently also moved into Harrods. At Christmas, he and his team are frantically wiring, tying and arranging, often working through the night.Manoeuvring tall Christmas trees and huge arrangements into some of his wealthy London clients’ homes full of precious porcelain and priceless furniture can be a heart-stopping, hazardous business.Show stoppers: go big with baubles“When we take large trees and hundreds of decorations into these exquisite homes, we have to plan our moves like a military operation.” But Neill loves Christmas. “It’s a time of creative paradise,” he enthuses. “There are almost no...
Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber Wore Nothing But A Bouquet of Flowers On The Moschino Runway - HarpersBAZAAR.comTuesday, October 10, 2017
Moschino's Jeremy Scott is known to take the themes of his collections quite literally (in case you forgot, last season's models wore actual trash down the runways) and his show in Milan today was no exception. For Spring 2018, the designer was inspired by florals—and no, not the kind that would make Miranda Priestly scoff–but actual life-size flowers. Advertisement - Continue Reading BelowWhile the show started with a punk-twist on My Little Pony, the final 18 looks quickly flipped a switch, embracing blown-up flowers, butterflies, and nature in bloom. Taking the floral theme to new heights, Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber closed the show wearing matching bouquets of flowers—ribbons and all: GettyGerber even had flowers growing out of her white over-the-knee boots, which seems like a logical way to make winter boots work for spring. GettyAdvertisement - Continue Reading BelowBut those weren't the only flower-inspired looks. Joan Smalls walked the runway in a skirt made out of red roses: GettyAdvertisement - Continue Reading BelowWhile another model wore a callalily-shaped gown:GettyAnd then this model just wore nothing but a shrub of flowers from head-to-toe:div cla... http://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/fashion-week/a12447089/moschino-spring-2018/
Romantic, fragrant plants you can grow for bodily balance - Green ProphetTuesday, June 13, 2017
This is time to spend doing things such as gardening. Maybe you have a large yard where you can house chickens and goats and heirloom roses that you found in the countryside near Milan. But even on a small plot, patio, rooftop, fire escape, and even inside, luxury can be found in all types of gardening.“It’s one of the most simple and spiritual acts anyone can do,” says Brooklyn florist a href="http://www.vogue.c...
King of flowers Thierry Boutemy draws on his roots for secret garden - The Australian Financial ReviewTuesday, May 02, 2017
Stephen ToddAs an urban agglomeration, Milan presents a cold face. Its stoic, historical stone facades are handsome fortifications that echo the bombast of its Sforza castle. Adding to the city's stand-offishness, since the 1950s many mid-rise buildings have been covered in faceted ceramics designed by architect Gio Ponti to sparkle as the frequent rains pour down. It's poetic but hardly joyous.One of the wonderful things about the annual Milan Furniture Fair – beyond the chance to see design at the zenith of excellence – is that for one week a year the iron gates to many otherwise impregnable palazzi are thrown open to welcome visitors to the launches and presentations and parties that happen all across town.One fortuitous discovery earlier this month was the private garden of the 18th-century Palazzo Borromeo d'Adda. Its neoclassical facade gives onto the bustling Via Manzoni, but the secluded courtyard could be in the far-flung fields of Lombardy. Especially after the Brussels-based French florist Thierry Boutemy ratchet... http://www.afr.com/lifestyle/king-of-flowers-thierry-boutemy-draws-on-his-roots-for-secret-garden-20170420-gvohjn
Holistic Travel: Flower-Based Beauty - Paste MagazineTuesday, April 11, 2017
While walking through the boutique-lined streets of Brera in Milan last week, I stumbled across a pop-up shop with a flower-lined entrance. As I walked inside, an architect table was converted into a makeshift florist, with flowers and branches divided by color and style sitting in piles. As girls expertly weaved these petals into flower crowns akin to what you’d see at music festivals like Coachella, a tall Italian man with one of these flower arrangements jutting out of his suit pocket approached me. “Have you smelled the new Botanicals?” he asked. He was referring to L’Oréal Paris’ recently launched nature-inspired haircare line, Botanicals Fresh Care. The pop-up shop was filled with laboratory-style flasks holding the different flowers and herbs that went into the accompanying products. Playing on the organic and eco-friendly trend, these products replaced silicone, parabens and dye with raw, natural materials like coconut- and soy-based botanicals, each with a specific purpose. Coriander, for example, is meant to revitalize fragile hair, while camelina oil softens and smooths. “Our goal is to offer a premium experience and high-quality products inspired by nature to the largest number of people as possible, especially devotees of a healthy lifestyle—those who, if given the option, would choose their bike over a moped and organic food over junk food—as well as eco-conscious consumers,” explained Anne Machet, L’Oréal Paris deputy CEO International, in a recent statement on the debut of the new hair care brand.Provence-based line L’Occitane has looked to flowers and herbs for its plant-based products for nearly two decades now, drawing inspiration from wild growing flowers like the golden Immortelle. Known to never fade (even after it’s been picked), the brand made this Corsican plant from the Balagne region mainstream in 2001. The products play on the flower’s anti-inflammatory and healing benefits used traditionally in Mediterranean medicinal practices. The result: a collection centered around anti-aging, with regenerative products used in facial treatments at five-star spas in the South of France, such as Spa b...
Society of American Florists Past President Mel Schwanke Dies at 92 - Greenhouse GrowerTuesday, January 08, 2019
Dec. 17, 2018, at the age of 92.Schwanke served as the executive director of the Nebraska Florist Society for more than 50 years and was also the Executive Director of NeMoKan — the Nebraska Missouri and Kansas Florist Association Convention, held annually for many years. He served on numerous committees, including the Retail Florists Council for SAF, and helped to create the American Floral Endowment for research and education in the flower industry.AdvertisementMel and Joey, his surviving wife of 70 years, were known throughout the floral industry for many years for their passion and dedication. They were also known as the famous matching couple, having dressed in coordinating outfits at industry events and everyday in Joey’s family business, Greens Greenhouses Inc.Schwanke served as a Marine in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart for his service. He is survived by his wife Joey, and children Jo Heinz, Cindy McKown, and J Schwanke, along with four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Ludvigsens Funeral Home in Fremont, NE, is in charge of the services. Visitation will be Thursday Dec. 20.Brian Sparks is senior editor of Greenhouse Grower and editor of Greenhouse Grower Technology. See all author stories here. https://www.greenhousegrower.com/management/saf-past-president-mel-schwanke-dies-at-92/
Christmas gift ideas 2018: Here is our Springfield holiday shopping guide - Springfield News-LeaderTuesday, December 04, 2018
Springfield and the surrounding region. As in years past, the News-Leader asked for reader suggestions and sifted through as much of the Missouri Ozarks as possible to come up with a totally local gift guide. With a very few exceptions — nationally published books, products that needed access to open-source manufacturing — everything in this guide is made and sold in the Ozarks. We've also added a list of 11 "best-kept-secret" boutiques. They're all great independent, local shopping destinations. While you're planning shopping trips, take a look at recent editions of the totally local gift guide. More:Springfield, here's our totally local gift guide for Christmas and holidays 2017 More: Here's a shortlist of great sources for gifts made close to home (2016) Hardwoods are good Aaron Black teaches business at Southwest Baptist University. He also recently started Native Range, a brand of hardwood objects for the home that he makes at his place in north Springfield. https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2018/11/19/local-christmas-gift-ideas-holiday-shopping-2018-springfield-madeintheozarks/1578867002/
The Art of Flowers: Carolyne Roehm will speak about her career in fashion, design and gardeningTuesday, October 30, 2018
I’ll be speaking about flowers and gardening, in the context of every medium in which I have worked.”Her love of all things floral started when she was young. Growing up in Missouri, she remembers playing on her grandparents’ farm, in the garden and with the animals.“As a little girl I played dress- up and played florist,” she said. “My heart and soul is really in the outdoors and nature.”Roehm, 67, started her career as a fashion designer in New York City, working for Oscar de la Renta before opening her own fashion house. But the love of nature never left her, and after 22 years she took a hiatus from the world of fashion to learn a new craft, taking an unpaid stint working at a flower shop in Paris.There, she learned the intricacies of designing perfect bouquets and floral arrangements.“I kind of took a sabbatical and decided I wanted to do things I’d never had time to do before,” she said.It was a whole new kind of design, but in many ways, she said, it was familiar.“To me, there is no difference. Flowers and nature teach us about color, about proportion, about line texture, about composition,” she said.She went on to write 13 books, combining her love of gardens, fashion and interior design. Her latest book, “Design & Style: A Constant Thread,” published Sept. 25 by Rizzoli, is part memoir, part photo-laden coffee table book, mixing stories from her life and career with images of her gardens and design work.“I wanted to show this relations... https://www.thegazette.com/subject/life/books/the-art-of-flowers-carolyne-roehm-will-speak-about-her-career-in-fashion-design-and-gardening-20181027
Poultry Plant Controversy Signaled Tonganoxie's Demographic TransformationTuesday, July 03, 2018
More than a million chickens grown, fed, and slaughtered in one area can stink. The water. In fact, Tyson paid millions of dollars in settlements for clean water violations in Missouri. Tyson promised 1,600 jobs, most in the $13 to $15 per hour range. Many worried these jobs wouldn’t match the changing work force here: increasingly white-collar professionals, business owners or managers. Some felt folks here wouldn’t want jobs in a poultry plant, and that Tyson would fill them with inmates or immigrants. Loralee Stevens said Tyson brass tried to win her over when she saw them in town. She, in turn, tried to explain Tonganoxie to them. “This is an A-plus town “ she told them. “(We’re) not a match. We’re right in the middle of the beautiful Kaw Valley.” What also fueled resentment was that residents felt the wool had been pulled over their eyes as plans were being made. Officials had signed a non-disclosure agreement, not uncommon in negotiations of this size, but many felt talks were happening secretly. Facebook pages, Twitter and Instagram exploded with a protest movement. Free-roaming barnyard chickens appeared on T-shirts. "No Tyson In Tongie" signs were scrawled in huge letters on homes, trucks and barns. Becky Pruitt said the majority of people in Tonganoxie were against the proposal. “And they were angry,” she said. “Nobody knew this was happening. In my opinion it felt like ‘Who do our elected officials work for? Do they work for the community or do they work for Tyson?’” Company officials declined to be interviewed, but via email referred me to their press release. A spokesman went on to write that “environmental stewardship is a core value of Tyson Foods' business philosophy and commitment to sustainability.” As for hiring, the company wrote that “we would hope to hire from as many local communities as possible .... we have zero tolerance for employing anyone who is not authorized to work in the U.S.” Tyson supporters Councilwoman Kara Reed had a different experience. We met with Reed and two other local women around her dining-room table. The air was saturated with the smell of fresh blueberry bread and hot coffee. These women said people had told them they wanted to learn more about the potential benefits of the Tyson proposal, but were intimidated by what felt like an anti-Tyson mob mentality. Reed said elected officials were on the receiving end of an absurd amount of hostility. “You know, I live here too; it’s my home,” she said. “It just made me incredibly sad to see that kind of hatred, really, directed to people that I’ve worked with for years and that I know, even though I don’t always agree with them, have the best interest of Tonganoxie at heart.” Reed said she and her family had hoped to stay in Tonganoxie permanently. But she changed her mind after she began to feel unsafe leaving city council meetings. She started to worry about the safety of her husband and children. It’s never bothered Reed that Tonganoxie is 95 p... http://kcur.org/post/poultry-plant-controversy-signaled-tonganoxies-demographic-transformation