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20th Century Faux Crocodile Leather Sofa by Fendi, Italy, c.1990

$4,761.21

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A stunning sofa made in Italy by Fendi. Dating to the latter part of the 20th century, the supple white leather upholstery has a faux crocodile pattern on the armrests, giving them an elegant and unusual look. The details really make the difference to this sofa; the leather back support cushions with embossed with the Fendi logo, the chrome feet, the stitched badge on the armrest, all of which show first class craftsmanship and screams quality. Condition In Good Condition - Some surface scratches to the leather, minor staining to the cushions and to the cloth upholstery under the cushions but minor. Overall very good condition, so rips or tears or any damage of note. Please refer to photographs. Size Height: 78cm Seat height: 42cm Width: 217cm Depth: 110cm.

Details

  • Creator
    Fendi (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 30.71 in (78 cm)Width: 85.44 in (217 cm)Depth: 43.31 in (110 cm)Seat Height: 16.54 in (42 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1990
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. In Good Condition - Some surface scratches to the leather, minor staining to the cushions and to the cloth upholstery under the cushions but minor. Overall very good condition, so rips or tears or any damage of note. Please refer to photographs.
  • Seller Location
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: B83621stDibs: LU1348230342312

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About the Designer

Fendi

Like other major European luxury fashion houses, Fendi started small. Adele Casagrande was an Italian creative who loved fashion and sold leather and fur accessories from a tiny workshop she opened in Rome in 1918. However, after marrying Edoardo Fendi in 1925, her business model was altered dramatically. Together, the couple changed the boutique’s name to Fendi and moved into a bigger storefront, which quickly became the favorite shop of women all over Italy’s capital city for furs and leathers, such as handbags, coats and accessories.

As time moved on for Adele and Edoardo, the couple began to share more responsibility to their five daughters, who assumed management of the company during the 1950s. Fendi’s audience broadened and its profitability has soared over the years, owing to the brand’s fresh perspective on fashion world happenings and innovative sensibility. The maison also has a distinctive relationship with old-world Italian craftsmanship. The Selleria bags were the work of master saddlers in Rome, and Fendi partnered with lace artisans in southern Italy as well as craftsmen in the east trained in the intrecciato (intertwined) technique (an idea that Adele introduced during the 1940s), which, in Fendi’s case, sees an interwoven leather fabric integrated in the creation of its handbags, countering leather’s traditional rigidity with a bag that is soft, versatile and fitted with an alluring slouchy curve.

It wasn’t until 1965, however, when a young German designer named Karl Lagerfeld took the creative helm that Fendi became a world-renowned fashion house. In fact, Lagerfeld, who produced four to five collections yearly for the brand, is credited with creating Fendi’s instantly recognizable double-F logo (which stands for “Fun Furs”) in “less than five seconds.” Until Lagerfeld started designing for the brand, fur was a material mostly associated with heavy coats that few people actually wore. Lagerfeld reimagined fur in creative ways, using it as an accent on purses, cuffs on dress sleeves and collars on wool coats.

Over the ensuing years, Fendi has broken into the home-goods market with Fendi Casa and has become synonymous with luxury fashion, producing such pieces as the iconic Baguette, which was rendered ever popular on the television series Sex and the City. In fact, an entire episode during the third season was dedicated to the “original It bag,” a slim accessory tapered in a manner that recalls its namesake, designed in 1997 by Adele and Edoardo’s granddaughter Silvia Venturini Fendi, who was named creative director of accessories three years earlier.

Perhaps just as well known as its vintage Baguette handbags and creative use of fur is the brand’s devotion to its Italian roots. In 2013, Fendi donated more than 2 million euros to restore Rome’s Trevi Fountain, and when it was reopened to visitors, Fendi hosted its Autumn/Winter 2017 show on top of the landmark.

Fendi was a family-controlled brand until 1999 and is now owned by LVMH. In late 2020, British fashion designer Kim Jones was named the house’s artistic director for womens wear.

Find a wide variety of vintage Fendi handbags and purses, clothing and other accessories on 1stDibs.

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