“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” Marilyn Monroe
It is true to say that money can’t buy you love, but it can get you pretty much everything else. I should tell you right away that I am not a shopper. The consumerism that has gripped so many people in the developed world does nothing for me, but I do still enjoy a bit of window shopping.
Where better to window shop than Italy for quality and style? Home of so many fashion labels: Versace, Gucci, Armani, Moschino, Valentino and Prada, to name but a few. But as well as the big names, small businesses – often family affairs – are commonplace, and their attention to detail in materials such as leather, silk and wool is wonderful.
“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Yves Saint-Laurent
“You can never be overdressed or overeducated” Oscar Wilde
Even in the small Umbrian town of Spello there are a variety of small shops crammed with delights….
….where a little Italian flair is used to show the goods to best effect….
Further afield, in Umbria’s capital, Perugia, the shops are cosmopolitan, stylish, plentiful.
“Where is the man that can ease a heart like a satin gown? Dorothy Parker
I think I was more attracted to the reflection of Perugia Cathedral than the contents of this particular window….
“Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.” Audrey Hepburn
This was a feast for the eyes. Look – more sparkly shoes….
Food shopping is more my style. Local cheeses just waiting to be nibbled with a decent glass of wine….
Then there is chocolate. Perugia is famous, amongst other things, for its high quality chocolate. No surprise then that shop windows are crammed with sweet delights….
Even better was the Chocostore in Perugia’s main square….
….with a view of the beautiful fountain….
Even the drinks were chocolate-based, including alcoholic beers and cocktails….
The city of Assisi is known for its links to its most famous son, Saint Francis. Here, beside the many churches and the basilica, numerous shops and restaurants exploit the Saint, for example selling Saint Francis cakes which are tagged with a picture of him!
Walk in the steps of Saint Francis: this footwear could only be found in such quantities in Assisi….
Time to head back to Spello where this hill town helmet caught my eye.
Helmet, designer sunglasses, leather gloves and Vespa scooter….I’m all ready to go touring with the Touring Club Italiano!
“Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” Coco Chanel