Sensuality not always, and not necessarily, means baring it all. A pragmatic dreamer, Manuela Arcari looks at the world around her and condenses her observations in a sign retaining a quality not usually associated with fashion design: dignity.
Ter et Bantine was born in 1992. A pragmatic dreamer, Manuela Arcari looks at the world around her and condenses her observations in a sign retaining a quality not usually associated with fashion design: dignity. She designs for a woman who is real, not fictional, living real-life, concrete situations. For this polymorphous character, Manuela creates clothing that erases pre-conceived distinctions. Design is controlled but not monastic; pureness, sometimes, opens up to decorative abandon, in a new way. The tone is assertive, but not oppressive; severity includes grace, femininity has the dry anti-romanticism of masculinity. The expression is fluid: an open, inclusive language. Manuela Arcari knows when to stop. She also knows that silence speaks volumes, and seduces. Ter et Bantine is a wardrobe: an open repertoire of possibilities. Construction is the result of intense study, because the body and its movements are not abstract concepts for Manuela Arcari. The infinite possibilities of this modular style highlight the personality of the wearer, not the ego of the designer. The tone is concentrated, rarefied at times, yet, between the folds, the clean cuts and the geometries, one can discover memories and emotions. Simplicity, after all, is complex, full of nuances.
The GFM Industria is Ter et Bantine’s alma mater. The headquarters are in Granarolo Faentino, Ravenna, in what was once the Eridania sugar factory: four brownstone buildings in the middle of a pinewood. Here all phases of both design and production are carried, translating into a product that is one hundred percent Italian. The enterprise is headed by Manuela Arcari, who is the president, and David Agus, who is the CEO. Determined and open to dialogue the first, a lover of doubt and excellence the second, the couple work in unison, mixing a taste, flair and knowledge all their own. In 1999 the firm opened a one-thousand square-meters space, flooded in light, in Milan’s Via San Francesco d’Assisi. It functions as both showroom and show space. Worldwide distribution is carried by two other showrooms: one in Paris and one, just opened, in New York. The collection is sold in 140 hi-end points of sale worldwide. GFM Industria also produces Hache and, under license, the Jean-Paul Gaultier casual collection.
THE STYLIST Manuela Arcari was born in Bologna, she is introvert and does not enjoy appearing in public. She speaks about herself modestly and sincerely and feels she can discuss her new unshakeable balance based on solid principles. She joined the world of fashion in 1980 when she began collaborating with the Design and Style Department of a clotheswear firm in her area. Work has become a passion since then and Manuela designed her first collection, which met with unprecedented success both with the public and the press, in 1992. Mother of two children, she defines Ter Et Bantine her “third child”. She declares that she brought up all “three” with love and care, protecting them without ever failing to apply strict discipline and without sparing even bitter criticism to enable them to win the freedom of being what they want to be.
… “Speaking of oneself, attempting to describe oneself and relating the details and episodes of the track followed is like making the most merciless decision, the harshest confession and the most invasive self-analysis. I feel I can do it today and I consider this an important goal. I have recently reached a personal inner balance to defend my space and affections and, probably to contrast the disorder and confusion that surround us, I feel stronger and find I can define the principles of my life..."