Missoni celebrates Il Pellicano’s 50 years

“The Pellicano is a home, not a hotel,” says Marie-Louise Sciò. “We have clients who have been coming here since the late ’60s. They feel they are in a family” explains Hotel Il Pellicano’s creative director and the owner’s daughter.

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It was back in the 60’s, when Il Pellicano’s original owners, Michael and Patricia Graham, decided to open the iconic hotel. Inspired by the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California, they designed the hotel to be reminiscent of a Tuscan farmhouse, with 18 guest rooms and a few larger cottages.IL_PELICANO

In the blink of an eye Il Pellicano became a favourite spot amongst European royalty, socialites and Hollywood’s glam ambassadors. By 1979 Roberto Sciò, an Italian business magnate and real estate developer acquired the hotel and the rest is history.

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Since 2006, the year Marie-Louise committed herself to the role of creative director, Il Pelicano is having it’s second coming.

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After a six-month renovation -“I looked at all the Slim Aarons pictures, used the colors and tried to recapture the mood but make it more of today and not nostalgic,” Sciò explains-, Il Pellicano updated its spirit.

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Humorous and bright and vibrant, this Saturday the storied hotel turned 50 and Missoni gave the gala the zig zag treatment.

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Full of the Italian house’s genuine lively vibes the event was filled with jet-setters who appreciate what Missoni and this iconic hotel is all about.

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“Il Pellicano is totally timeless—but not retro,” said Margherita Missoni in WSJ. She is a regular guest since 2009. “It’s in its own bubble.”

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