Welcome to the Jungle

Article by Phoebe Murray & Kailyn Stahl
Photo by Phoebe Murray

At this month’s FLY Fashion Aperitivo, Florence was honored to host the amazing FUA student and handbag designer, Rutendo Karikoga, from Zimbabwe in our subsequently themed ‘Into the Jungle’ night extravaganza. Her fabulous handbags were displayed on a wall of spotlights that stole the show. In the celebratory toast starting off the night, she explained that her “inspiration for the handbags came from tropical birds, especially the parrot Grees and 1920s architecture.” She also explained that her choice of color palette for the bags was inspired by her last trip to the beautiful city of Naples.

It was an absolute blast being able to walk around the FLY boutique and browse Rutendo’s hard work and dedication to her handmade handbag collection. Not to mention the photojournalism and fashion design students that ran the entire night behind the scenes. From tasty wines, to decadent pistachio cookies and chocolate cake, the authentic Italian pastries provided by the culinary students were the perfect bite of dessert. Overall, this month’s FLY-Fashion Loves You event was a hit!

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