Rome, Italy is the birthplace of luxury fashion maison, Fendi; its creative director for menswear, Silvia Venturini Fendi, often cites the Eternal City as her source of inspiration. Singapore multi-hyphenate Benjamin Kheng shares a close-knit relationship with the Italian house and is naturally curious about its history. Men’s Folio, together with Fendi, brought Kheng on a voyage of discovery and imagination, and this is his photo journal.
Videography & Photography Jeremy Kieran Ng, Landscapes Benjamin Kheng
Fendi Wool knit sweater, wool pants
Rooftop view from Zuma, Palazzo Fendi
Fendi Wool sweater, wool pants
Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, also known as “The Square Colosseum”, was designed in 1937 as part of Mussolini’s plan for the 1942 World Exhibition that never happened due to the war. It now houses the Fendi headquarters where the first floor holds on-going exhibitions all year round for the public to visit.
Fendi Cotton T-Shirt, wool pants, coated canvas waist pouch
Palazzo Fendi Largo Goldoni where the seven-floors flagship Fendi store in Rome down the road from the Spanish Steps can be found. The Palazzo Fendi includes two floors of boutique, a boutique hotel – Fendi Private Suites, a private VIP area, and a top floor restaurant and rooftop bar by Zuma.
Fendi Wool Jacket, wool sweater
To pay homage to it’s hometown, Fendi funded the Restoration project for the Trevi Fountain in 2013 and reopened after a 16 months project in 2015.
Fendi Silk Shirt, wool pants
Saint Peter’s Basilica
Fendi Wool sweater, wool pants, leather sling bag
One of the many fountains in Rome.