Sailing in Style on the Amalfi Coast

Our editor-at-large journeys to the scenic island of Capri for a fashionable getaway with Italian luxury brand Loro Piana.

IF YOU HAD to choose a perfect aesthetic match for Italy’s Amalfi Coast during the first blush of summer, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better one than Loro Piana. This thought flickers through my mind as I sit in a small boat in the bright blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea, somewhere between Capri and the bays of Naples, Salerno, and Gaeta. I’ve come here as a guest of the sixth-generation Italian ready-to-wear company on the occasion of the 68th Tre Golfi Sailing Week. In the distance, sleek sailboats (one of them Loro Piana–sponsored) slice through the water at dizzying speeds, competing in the regatta. All around us, other small boats and yachts bob and jockey for a better view. As a first-timer, I have only the most cursory understanding of how the race works or who is winning, but it hardly matters. We sip Champagne and shield ourselves from the misty sea wind by wrapping up in the company’s custom cotton blankets as we zoom back to our weekend home: the island of Capri. The whole thing feels impossibly glamorous.

As it happens, manifesting glamorous things is something the folks at Loro Piana know a lot about. For nearly a century (the company turns 100 next year), they have been manufacturing textiles, clothing, and (more recently) home goods that set an incredibly high bar for craftsmanship and design. At Loro Piana’s store on Via Camerelle, Capri’s most well-heeled thoroughfare, flowy lines, elegant leather bags, and an exquisitely articulated sandal reflect both this prestige and the island’s famously effortless style.


To the point: I spy the brand’s signature white-soled loafers on many passersby during my three-day island stay, which includes lunches at the iconic La Fontelina, beach excursions, and raucous late-night drinks at Taverna Anema e Core (where I am handed both a cocktail and a tambourine upon arrival). We enjoy romantic boat rides around the island, a guided walking tour through the Charterhouse of San Giacomo, and more Aperol spritzes than I think possible to consume. When rain throws an unexpected wrench into the itinerary, a concert by celebrated flutist Andrea Griminelli is relocated from a private island to a spectacular seaside cave, giving the already swoon-worthy music (several Ennio Morricone compositions from famous Italian films) an even more wildly cinematic vibe. And later that night, when faced with the prospect of a chilly boat ride home, I don a Loro Piana Windmate Bomber jacket to keep me cozy and dry, which it manages to do perfectly — all the way back to decidedly less glamorous New York City.

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T. Cole Rachel Editor-at-Large

T. Cole Rachel is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and teacher with over 20 years of experience working in print and digital media. He is currently an editor-at-large at Departures.

Hisham Akira Bharoocha Illustrator

Hisham Akira Bharoocha is a multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, NY, working across various mediums including large-scale murals, paintings, drawings, collages, audio/visual installations, and performances. Bharoocha has had solo exhibitions at Snow Contemporary and Ginza Mitsukoshi in Tokyo, D’Amelio Terras in New York, and De Vleeshal in The Netherlands, and has exhibited his work in numerous group shows in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. His work has been published in Artforum, NOWNESS, i-D, V, and Flaunt Magazine to name a few.


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