THE OTHER BUSH AGENDA: L’il Kim has checked out of the Principe hotel — the fashion flock’s home away from home — and former President George Bush has checked in. While Bush Sr. didn’t come to Italy to attend a Versace show, as Kim did, he does plan to mingle with industry bigwigs. He’s slated to dine tonight with 20 Italian industrialists, including Diego Della Valle of Tod’s SpA. Prada chief executive officer Patrizio Bertelli was invited, too, but is unable to attend. Bush is in Italy to meet a long-planned commitment for the Carlyle Group, the Washington-based investment firm he advises. But he’s also believed to be doing a little diplomacy on the side, encouraging unity among European leaders at a crucial time for his son back home.
TAILORED READING: First there was handmade, now there’s handwritten. In a bid to promote his concept of living well, Brioni ceo Umberto Angeloni is penning a series of lifestyle books, which will be released by his own publishing company, Brioni Books. In the first book, “Single Malt Whisky: An Italian Passion,” Angeloni explores his favorite potable spirit and the joy it can bring. The book, which invites readers “to live more intensely,” is due out in the U.S. next month.
NEW GENERATION: The Italian manufacturer Hettabretz, known for its skills with leather and fur, is banking on former Jil Sander designer Akito Okuda to raise its profile. The Bologna-based company, which produces for Valentino and Prada, will launch its first Okuda-designed collection next season. Okuda spent seven years at Jil Sander and eight years with Yohji Yamamoto. Hettabretz director Felix De Maio promises a totally new direction for his firm.