Dal numero di dicembre di Stilemaschile, un’esclusiva dal valore simbolico importante per noi che amiamo i tessuti inglesi. L’abbiamo diffusa volutamente alla fine di un anniversario per molti versi inutile e per altri stucchevole, quello dei 150 anni italiani:
Concludiamo quest’anno così retoricamente gonfio di celebrazioni, forzate e spesso fuori luogo, con una curiosità che solo noi di Stilemaschile potevamo avere.
Riguarda Giuseppe Garibaldi e una sua lettera inviata a mo’ di ringraziamento a George Harrison, titolare dell’azienda appena raccontata.
Come ci spiega Cameron Buchanan, titolare della Harrisons, infatti: “In 1851 Garibaldi, together with others, was trying to unite Italy into one country. Harrisons already exported to Italy and Garibaldi had heard of our company and so wrote to us asking if we could supply him with heavyweight material for his troops in the mountains. It was of a dark red hue and obviously we were happy to supply him and in fact Mr Harrison gave it to him as a gift, because of course they had very little money. The letter is a thank you letter from Garibaldi for our generosity and it has helped to cement our business in Italy ever since”.
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