In September of 2016, our photography team spent three weeks shooting Spring ‘17 swimwear and clothing collections in two unforgettable settings: the Greek island of Naxos, and Tuscany.
You can work 12-hour days with nowhere to sit. You can endure steamy heat and bounce for hours along cobblestone roads in a rented van crammed with photography equipment. And still, friends and coworkers will not countenance your complaints … because, after all, you are in Tuscany.
One of the most naturally beautiful places on earth.
Better still, you are a guest, as we were, at Castello Di Argiano, the estate of Giuseppe Maria Sesti – astronomer, author, winemaker – his daughter Elisa, co-director of the vineyard, and his wife Sarah, a fine gardener and cook.
Sesti is among a small but growing number of biodynamic wineries in Italy where constellations and the celestial calendar are factored into strategies for planting, growing, and harvesting grapes.
Giuseppe has written five books on ancient calendar systems. He analyzes the inﬂuence of the moon on vines and the making of wine, minimizing sulphites along the way. His tables of small and large moon cycles are employed in agriculture to reduce the use of chemicals on the land.
The Sesti estate is 254 acres, encompassing vineyards, olive groves and woodland. The vineyards are situated on the southern slopes of Montalcino, where some of the most notable Brunello wines originate.
“You may have the universe if I may have Italy,” said composer Giuseppe Verdi. We’ll take Tuscany, the embodiment of our mantra: Beautiful, Naturally.™ Watch for the photography in our spring ’17 catalog.
Returning from balmy Tuscany to New Hampshire in late September, we walked across the street from the parking lot to the Garnet Hill office and heard a clack-clack-clacking as cars drove past. It couldn’t be, yet there it was …
People had begun switching over to studded snow tires.