It’s Spring Break here this week for the kiddies and I have just returned from a whirlwind 9 days of travel. The first leg of my trip was to Parma, Italy for Mercanteinfiera. I wrote about it before I left HERE.
Our team of designers including Mark Cutler, Jon Call and Tobi Fairley as well as American antiques dealers and appraisers landed in Milan early on a Wednesday morning. Once we arrived, we were transported about two hours as a group to Parma.
Full disclosure here:: I have never been to ITALY! So this trip was a huge eye opening experience for me and an opportunity to shop for several projects I am designing. Because this trip was so full of eye-candy and networking I have lots of pics and details to share with you all. I will break it up so there isn’t a huge flood of photos, but I will give you my view of what this trip entailed.
We were hosted by the most amazing team at The Antiques Diva and Toma Clark-Haines (Toma is on the right, above). I had only spoken with Toma over the phone but immediately felt at home once we arrived and met in person at our hotel in Parma, The Grand Hotel de Ville.
Toma has a great team of “feet-on-the-street” in each of her cities where she conducts tours and they were a huge help in negotiating, finding great restaurants, speaking the native language and overall education while we were there. Thank you to Susan with The Antiques Diva for being so patient as we learned our way around the fair!!
So, back to the timeline: Jon, Tobi and I landed in Parma and immediately had food on our minds. We trekked to a great little Trattoria which gave us a chance to truly see the architecture on our walk.
Lunch was exactly as you might imagine. Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, pasta, fried bread, and of course…parmesan and prosciutto.
We made it back to the hotel, had a shower and quick nap and then met everyone for dinner. The conversation at the table was amazing as I was seated next to arts and antiques appraisers, Miller Gaffney and Carol Lee Broussard.
It was more education than I could have ever hoped for over dinner conversation. Now I have a great source of investment-level art suppliers and appraisers in my rolodex too. And these ladies are originally from Texas too – a definite plus!!
Day 2 started with a bang and we headed to the Fair. Check back tomorrow and I will share with you some of the most amazing photos and dealer info.