PORTOLANO – falling in glove

The Portolano brand was a pioneer of the Italian glove exporters and began manufacturing in Naples in 1895. The family legacy of Fortunato Portolano is carried on today through the 4th generation with Vittorio, Francesca, Federica and Fabiana running the company and expanding to offer a multi product line of various high-quality and luxurious leather and knitted products bearing the Portolano standard of excellence.

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Nouvelle Palm Beach and Silk95Five

For elegant day or evening occasion

Nouvelle’s stretch Silk95Five fabric was developed exclusively for the brand. It blends just a touch of elastin with pure silk for the ultimate in wear-ability and wash-ability. Sensual and feather-light to the touch, our Silk95Five fabric simply radiates in an assortment of natural and vibrant colors, custom dyed for each season.

There is no better medium for colour than silk and Nouvelle brings and array of rich hues from jewel tones to pastels to exuberant brights. Once the silk is woven and dyed we oversee the manufacturing process with our longstanding manufacturer, with expertise in silk garments, mostly destined for Italy and France

Benefits of ‘Silk95Five’

  • Clean and natural silk supports the purpose within our philosophy of
    environmentally friendly fabric
  • Enhancing the beautiful qualities of traditional silk, by adding stretch for comfort
  • Featherlight to the touch and breathable as it cools the body on warm days and offers sustainability
  • Perfect weight to keep the body warm when it gets cooler, for a seamless
    year-round essential
  • Luxurious flowing drape and wrinkle resistant
  • Hypo-allergenic and a negative carbon footprint
  • Silk is the strongest natural fiber known to man
  • Unmatched Moisture wicking component as it is a natural fabric

What is ‘Silk95Five’?

‘Silk95Five,’ the proprietary blend of weaving pure silk with elastane, is a perfect combination to enhance the radiant and featherlight feel of silk, with added benefits of stretch for comfort and easy-to-take-care-of features including at home washing and wrinkle resistance. Our silk is a trademarked, washable stretch ‘Silk95Five’. It blends just a touch of elastane with pure silk for the ultimate in wear-ability. Sensual
and elegant, it radiates in an assortment of natural and vibrant colors, custom dyed for each season. Ideal for those who travel, our silk is made to curb wrinkling and ensure lightweight packing. Read more about silk care

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WHO WE ARE – About Us

 

The Elegant You is an online retail platform for those who value quality fashion designs. We have found a number of marvelous designers in our travels in the U.S. and abroad and are eager to present them here.

For years we have been in touch with fine craftsmen and artists whose expertise spans multiple generations – fashion houses smaller than Gucci or Chanel that are known in Europe but are not yet well known in America.  Our newly found boutique designers offer the same fine materials and superb craftsmanship as well-known brands and at affordable price.

The Elegant You is our first venture into online retail, but not the first in our online enterprises. Our company began as a U.S. manufacturer representative for a list of companies.  We sold their products wholesale to boutiques and retail chains. As the Internet speed grew, we decided to partner with a number of designers and use the newly invented drop-shipping method of delivering goods to customers.

Our collections ship directly from the designers’ shops.  We do not use “drop-shipping fulfillment centers” or big intermediary distributors whose inventory may include fakes and knock-offs.  (See our Product Authenticity page.)

We represent brands that we are in harmony with and designers we interact with on a personal and business level.  We vouch for their fidelity to the highest standards in fashion design. We invite you to read testimonials from purchasers on our designers’ pages and judge for yourself.  Along with our commitment to Elegance & Style, No Brand Tax is our un-spoken guarantee. We hope you will visit us often.

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The Elegant You is an online retail platform for those who value quality fashion designs. We have found a number of marvelous designers in our travels in the U.S. and abroad and are eager to present them here.

For years we have been in touch with fine craftsmen and artists whose expertise spans multiple generations – fashion houses smaller than Gucci or Chanel that are known in Europe but are not yet well known in America.  Our newly found boutique designers offer the same fine materials and superb craftsmanship as well-known brands and at affordable price.

Our collections are stylish and elegant and exquisitely crafted by world-class artisans. Fashions made from the finest fabrics, they bring a new meaning to timelessness.  We offer chic and trendy accessories that make a powerful statement and add a touch of glamour to your wardrobe.  All of these sophisticated modern looks are shipped directly from the designer’s shop.  We invite you to explore our store and rediscover yourself in the process.

Ol’ Jimmy Handmade Glamorous Footwear

OL Jimmy shoes, comes from the passion and talent of Libero Orgiana, master shoemaker who begins young, his experience in the footwear industry and later became a benchmark in the world of glamorous fashion.

Libero for many years and still today, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with the best international designers. Gianfranco Ferre, GFF, Laura Biagiotti, Gattinoni, Blumarine, Anna Molinari, I° Class, Luis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, Gina shoes Londra, EDUN New York, Sharon Wauchob Paris,Paco Rabanne Paris. After all this experience for several years finally came time to create its own line of name OL JIMMY.
Ol' Jimmy Shoes

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What is Nappa Leather

Napa or Nappa Leather

Napa leather is a leather noted for its soft feel. It is a generic term in the leather field and has no distinct test for characterization. Among other uses, napa leather is often used in leather products such as furniture, clothing, handbags, and shoes.

The leather takes its name from Napa, California, where the process of making napa leather was created by Emanuel Manasse, a German tanner working for The Sawyer Tanning Company

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Leather Library

A beginner’s lesson in Leather

Alessandro Vasini

Finest Quality and no Compromise

Inspired by the vibrant lifestyle of Miami and the international Jet-Set, Alessandro’s iconic styling always emphasizes his love for the traveling and Rock’n’Roll couture.
All products are impeccably crafted in Italy with only carefully selected leathers of the finest quality and no compromise.
Designed for the “cool”, they represent the adventurer spirit of the modern women and men.

 

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Who We Are and What We Offer

Our collections are stylish and elegant and exquisitely crafted by world-class artisans. Fashions made from the finest fabrics, they bring a new meaning to timelessness.  We offer chic and trendy accessories that make a powerful statement and add a touch of glamour to your wardrobe.  All of these sophisticated modern looks are shipped directly from the designer’s shop.  We invite you to explore our store and rediscover yourself in the process.

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