GROWING up in Bedford was, and is to this day a bit like growing up in a small part of Italy. Not withstanding the obvious fact that it’s a town somehow and peculiarly located in the centre of the British Isles. About 30% of Bedford’s population has links to Italy with its strongest ties being to the southern most regions: Campagnia, Puglia, Calabria and Sicily.
The London Brick Company attracted immigrants to Bedford during the 50s and I guess it’s just developed from there. Being of Italian heritage myself and having lived in parts of Italy at various stages of my life I suppose I’m a mixture of cultures and to be honest there’s a lot of things to love about both our countries and cultures. For instance it is clear to me that ‘food’ has become Italy’s greatest export, but clearly fashion remains a phenomenon and represents a huge part of their economy. Fashion also keeps the Italians at the forefront of style and all things chic. Brands such as Gucci, Armani, Prada and D&G are forever pushing boundaries and they help to drive fashion the world over.