During the Sloth Hiking Team We’ll Get There When We Get There Vintage Retro Shirt also I will do this second phase, she got back to work. “In Rome, to see the city empty, Venice empty,” was heartbreaking, Chiuri says. “Our economy is tourism and fashion. So for me, it was super-evident that we have to start making something, because we are a big brand and have a lot of workers.” She eventually made her way back to Dior headquarters in Paris to oversee the next collections. Chiuri’s emphasis on craft and female-identified artisanship is not accidental. As with many women of her generation—she’s now 56—Chiuri has developed a deeper awareness of feminism over time. She was born in Rome to parents who were liberal and egalitarian during a time in Italy when women were consigned to traditional roles, and matters like divorce and abortion were controversial. Her father worked for the military, and her mother was a seamstress who ran an atelier. It was out of that openness, and material necessity, that women in her family, including her grandmother during World War II, worked and supported themselves. “I grew up in a family where it was normal to find your job and to think about yourself and your future. They pushed me to study a lot, because they never had that opportunity; for them, to study meant to be free,” she recalls. “I never felt that I could not do something because I was a girl.
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