L.A. Salomè is born from a Flavia Zama idea, a person full of enthusiasm. Thanks to hier fervent fantasy, she likes to fantasize on epochs and create hats inspired to such distant but so fascinating epochs. Flavia gives life to her ideas in beautiful Sicily, more precisely Favignana in the Egadi Islands, which is the perfect frame of her imagination and allows her to give free rein to his dreams being made here.
L.A. Salomè isn’t a randomly selected name: Louise Von Salomé, also known as Lou Andreas-Salomé, was a Russian writer and psychoanalyst, a pupil of Sigmund Freud and friend of Friederich Nietzsche and Paul Rée, resulting a fascinating and great intellect character in history, to which Flavia decided to dedicate the name of her business.
Born in St. Petersburg, Lou Andreas Salomé (1861-1937) was a writer, thinker and psychoanalyst who figured in the most prominent intellectual circles of late 19th century Europe. Despite engaging with the most privileged minds of the time, today she is virtually unknown ––a fact that forces us to question the validity of fame.
The daughter of a Russian general who worked at the service of the Romanov family, at the age of seventeen she met her first mentor, Henrik Gillot, tutor of the Zar’s children, who would initiate her in theology and French and German literature. Gillot, married and with children, soon fell in love with Lou and asked for her hand in marriage; she rejected him.
In 1880, Lou travelled to Zurich with her mother. There she studied Dogmatic Theology and History of Religion in the University of Zurich. Two years later she moved to Rome where she met Paul Rée (who would be her lover for some time) and Friedrich Nietzsche ––with them she would establish an intellectually overwhelming threesome. Her travels and studies continued, until in 1887 she would meet the man she would marry: Carl Friedrich Andreas. Her marriage to Andreas, which lasted until he died in 1930, was never consummated —some say he threatened to kill himself if she refused to marry him and that they always lived in separate houses. Additionally, Lou continued to have relationships with other men for the rest of her life.
By writing articles and books, Salome would maintain and economic independence from her husband. She was the first person to publish studies about Nietzsche’s work, six years before the philosopher’s death ––who at some point fell in love with her and asked her to marry him; proposal she would once again reject. Some scholars believe that it was during this phase and under the influence of disenchantment that Nietzsche would write Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
In 1897, already married to Andreas, Lou met writer Rainer Maria Rilke, with whom she would keep a romantic relationship for many years. The young poet, fifteen years younger than her, instantly fell in love with Lou, who at first rejected him. After some time and due to Rilke’s insistence, she agreed to have a relationship with him, which always oscillated between love, friendship, admiration, platonic love and an incredibly profound creative relationship. Proof of their prolonged and intense relationship is their love letters, which still survive. Among other things, she taught Russian to Rilke, so he could read Tolstoy and Pushkin.
In 1902, after Paul Rée’s suicide, Salome entered a profound crisis that she would overcome with the help of Viennese doctor Friedrich Pineles. She would have a romantic affair with him that would lead her to have a voluntary abortion.
In 1911 she met Sigmund Freud and immediately became hooked on psychoanalysis, being the only female to be accepted in the Vienna Psychoanalytic Circle. For the rest of their lives they would maintain a friendly relationship based on deep respect and love. She began giving psychoanalytic therapy in the German city of Gotinga.
Lou Andreas Salome died in 1937 at the age of 76 due to renal failure. Her thought combined Freudian psychoanalysis with Nietzsche’s philosophy, and her studies were based, mainly, on narcissism and female sexuality.
This is a woman who lived her life with extreme freedom, beyond what was common at the time; she was an icon for the free woman of the 20th century. Regardless of the fact that she would strangely remain in the somber region of historical memory, what is true is that some of the fundamental men of the last one hundred years sighed more than once for her.
Already in the early age Flavia develops a strong passion for fashion and hats of all kinds, this passion finds a way to realize through a meeting that will change her life. Everything begins when she knows a milliner, a historical figure among artisan crafts dating back to the eighteenth century. The milliners were already in the fashion of that time, and they took care to adorn the noble women heads with hats and decorations of all kinds. The lessons learned by this craftsman will bring Flavia to materialize all her thoughts and, with her creative vein, to create everything she has always loved since being a little girl.
The Fundamental Purpose of L.A. Salomé is very noble and is to continue to live this craftwork, which required and still requires creativity, technique and knowledge of the materials, all in all to an artisan skilled in which manual work was the real key to success create quality products. One of the most important and fascinating trades of fashion history, a true art form that is disappearing and which still has much to offer for traditions and special crafts.
Flavia wants to revive the Belle Époque again with a collection of 10 hats dedicated to her that she wanted to propose to our store. She uses for these wonderful creations classical modister techniques, shaping hats over various forms of wood, using hardened tools and tools to process, as the materials use velvet, pure silk organza and various original decorations, painting and creating from the ‘beginning to end all by hand.
Here are some of these models:
The first Skull cap painted organza is made of silk organza, painted by hand, with decoration on top.
The second Hat “Belle Époque” brown is made of brown silk velvet. The beautiful rose, made by a single line, gives it charme in its simplicity.
The third Hat with purple decor is made of silk organza with feathers ornament, painted by hand.
With this collection inspired in the 20s and 30s of the 20th century, Flavia has provided material for stage costumes for theatrical actors. She has participated, besides these hats, with other creations including clothes and accessories, including various Liberty fashion shows, sea fashion shows, parades telling the essence of Sicily and an other show in particular, which Flavia remembers with affection, linked to the figure of Franca Florio, another feminine character of great intelligence and charm, which proved to be of great significance during the Belle Epoque period, resulting in one of her major exponents. Here is portrayed in Giovanni Boldini’s painting.
Franca Florio was one of the most important women of the Belle Epoque. With her charm, she helped her husband Ignazio Florio junior to extend his family business among the royal courts all over Europe, launching also Palermo as an international capital.
She was very famous for her outfits that occupied the gossip columns of that time, making her one of the most beautiful women in Europe.
In May 1902 she was elected as ‘court lady’ of Queen Elena, wife of King Vittorio Emanuele 3rd of Savoy.
Flavia, with its activity, looks at traditions with an eye to new technologies and new production techniques. Re-using materials that are thus rediscovered for the realization of timeless masterpieces.