With a desire to support the rich textile culture that has long been a trademark of Italy, Barena focuses on using high quality natural textiles from wools to linens, often reproducing fabrics from the archives of historically prestigious Italian mills. Similar attention is paid to the research of the traditional dress codes from the Venice for details and themes that they then reinterpret in Barena’s look. Historically, Venetian dress was dictated by their surroundings, occupation, and trade. Barena applies the same principles of utility and long-lasting quality that were so integral to recreate the distinctive Venetian style they define as “lagunare”.

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