The real slow living

Where can we experience it?

The concept of slow living has become quite popular lately. There’s an inspiring book on the subject: In praise of slow, by Carl Honoré. Though pushed aside from contemporary society, there was a time when it was part of Italian culture.

Indeed, our holiday in Basilicata (Southern Italy) reminded us of the values connected to slowness. Moving at a slower pace. Connected to nature and in sync with its timing. Savouring a quiet environment. Having mindful behaviour towards life, nature and things we need.
We enjoyed it and found it beneficial for the mind and the soul.

Slow lifestyle in Basilicata

Do you really want to understand slow living? Then, go to Basilicata, and you will find out how it is integrated into their daily lives. People do not hurry. Running errands is not hectic. For instance, they wait for their turn at the baker. Even if there is a queue, nobody complains. No honking if someone stops the car in the middle of the road to ask for information. And if anyone honks, it is just to say hello! Because there, they salute everyone. Also, they sit ‘al fresco’ to enjoy some fresh air late afternoon or evening.

With production plants based in northern areas, people had to move to those places to find a job, leaving the south to abandonment. And it’s been easy in big towns to get sucked by what was supposed to be the right thing to do, becoming cogs of a relentless money-driven society that wants us to be productive day and night.

Slow: the South way

However, a comment made us reflect. During our holiday we met a woman coming from Northern Britain. We asked why she had chosen Marina di Pisticci for her holiday and if she had relatives there or what. But she said: “I was looking for a place that had no influence from the northern side. So we came here, to find the real Italy. It’s a quiet place and we fell in love with it.”

So, the more you go south, the more you can experience slow living. No influence from the north is the case for Basilicata. Indeed, the region tends to be disconnected from the rest of Italy. Viability from town to town is not well developed. A sense of isolation prevails, which makes it fascinating.

Slow living & big towns

Indeed, this woman gave a good insight. Northern areas are not the place for a slow lifestyle. Whatever your vision is, Milano, Paris, or London aren’t the place for slowness. So, for people like us living in big towns, it’s about reconsidering our values, priorities and lifestyle.

To make changes in your life, start getting rid of the sense of urgency typical of big towns. Remind yourself there is nothing to chase after. Take deep breaths, appreciate slowness and savour every moment.

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The slow fashion context

Slow fashion needs to be placed into the context of a slow lifestyle to make sense of it. Out of that frame, this concept has no meaning.

Slow fashion & slow lifestyle

And so, slow fashion is not only about the act of making garments at the proper pace. Which, by the way, represents a significant shift toward sustainability. Most importantly, it is about living in the moment and enjoying it, which is the point of a slow lifestyle.

Therefore, it is not about the tons of things you buy or the many experiences you have. No hoarding: you choose quality over quantity. However, there’s no sense of deprivation in that. On the contrary, it’s a more conscious and intentional lifestyle.
Also, living in the moment means that if the weather is still warm, it makes sense to enjoy our light clothing. And it’s about purchasing what you need at a given time. Depending on where you live, of course.

Slow fashion

Slow fashion & slow lifestyle

In sunny weather, you wear lightweight clothes. But keeping in mind the possibility of a layering style, you will use light fabrics throughout the year. Indeed, you only need to add something over or underneath. Or both when it is too cold. Here it’s important to remember that it is not the thickness of the material that will keep you warm but the quality.

The slow mode

For us as a boutique, slow fashion also means starting with the new season when it makes sense. Not too early because there’s no point in doing that anymore. The vision of encouraging a frenzy shopping attitude doesn’t fit into the conscious approach for modern humans.

Therefore, we do not hurry. We selected some unique garments, and we’ll introduce new brands. So stay tuned!

In the meantime, contact us to check out our timeless selection. We’ll help you choose the perfect pieces for you: garments you’ll love to wear for a lifetime because of the unique design and softness of the fabrics.

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