Nimble hands and state-of-the-art machinery have flooded the once-abandoned Manifattura Tabacchi. An urban regeneration project come to life, the monumental space is now home to cutting-edge fashion spaces, taking its first strides towards becoming Polimoda’s third educational playground.
October marked the inauguration of the complex’s first fully functioning tailoring workshops, where roughly 1000 square meters of space were opened to final-year Fashion Design and Fashion Technology students, as well as Master’s students in Fashion Design and Collection Design. The new structure, ripe with the latest professional equipment, features five workrooms, four tailoring and one knitwear, plus a supply shop for all tools of the trade. In line with Polimoda’s vision of fostering ties between students and the industry, the spaces anticipate a series of workshops with special guests and industry experts.
With the inauguration of its official campus set for 2019, the occasion marks a huge step towards the school’s opening of the epic 6000 square-meter edificio dell’orologio, and is the start of a larger transformation taking off. Turning the unwanted into new, the 100,000 square-meter industrial building complex is expected to undergo major transformations in the coming years, moving from industrial wasteland to a hive of modern Florentine culture and life.
I am proud of this goal achieved by Polimoda, a project that I am happy to share with the city of Florence. The decision to open the new campus at the Manifattura Tabacchi is also strategic for the city itself. The urban renewal project will transform the former industrial complex into a new neighborhood, offering Polimoda students, neighborhood residents and all citizens countless services and public spaces.