When he picks collaborators Carol’s This is My Hallmark Christmas Movie Watching shirt. they’re people. like Owens and Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino—who have likeminded hands-on instincts fitting for a company that has kept its craft going since 1774. “It’s about meeting people and engaging—that’s what happened here. It’s luxury in a different way—the energy and warm feeling that comes from family business.”Sciò concurs. “There’s a simplicity, but a quality which brings us together, some shared values.
People who come here can afford to stay pretty much anywhere in the world—it’s a a home-designed, simple place, loved and taken care of Carol’s This is My Hallmark Christmas Movie Watching shirt.”She selected the materials to chime with the region, and with the decor, which she’s seamlessly fine-tuned to keep the spirit created here in 1964, when Il Pellicano was built by the stylish Grahams—Michael, a British, ex–Royal Air Force fighter pilot and World War II hero and his American designer wife, Patricia. The woven raffia is sourced in Italy. “Jute,” adds Reichert, “a good-smelling, nice material to work with. It’s woven like a carpeting—rough and good-smelling. It’s a very, very old, breathable material.” The upscale satin has a colorway based “on the bougainvillea you see everywhere here,” and the piping details echo the furnishings Sciò had made to maintain the aura of a midcentury private playground of aristocracy and movie stars.Where the collaboration connects with the now, they agree, is in the current desire to reconnect with enduring authenticity. “Birkenstock was always there,” Reichert shrugs. “From time to time, fashion comes near to it. I think that people realize that in the past five to 10 years, we’ve been driven in the wrong direction—so we have to go back and then to create something new. It feeds the moment when people get hungry for real things.”When high-flown sophistication meets grounded simplicity? This is bound to take off—and not just with those who will be checking in to the hotel this summer. Il Pellicano x Birkenstock launches today on MatchesFashion.com, and worldwide on June