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.
I have always sought the utmost transparency and order. It is not easy to live with these principles; they are rather a way of complicating your life especially if you feel the need to also convey them through your work and to all those who surround you, especially to your children.
I found it very hard to find a balance between work and the family as I wanted to succeed in both. I chose to adopt an approach based on the full transparency of feelings and actions. I have never been tolerant or worse, a friend to my children. I am both firm and an accomplice, I conceal nothing and want to know everything even if it means to suffer. My attitude towards what I call my third child, Ter Et Bantine, is no different. I brought the company up with love and care, protecting and preserving it without ever failing to apply strict discipline and without sparing even bitter criticism to enable the company to independently win the freedom of becoming what it is now.
I consider this an important concept, which I have always fought to achieve: the freedom of being what we are without masks and compromises. Even today it risks being the only real luxury a working woman who manages a firm, which expresses her creative skills, can obtain. A luxury difficult to reach and impossible to maintain.
Hence I have cultivated an instinct of preservation, which is implemented by carefully selecting friends, the people I work with, when to appear, what to do and the few passions to develop. Hence I have defined my area of interest by drawing close to all forms of contemporary art, which can open the mind and improve the perception of the reality we live in. I do not wish to propose the usual parallelism between fashion and art. I cannot resist being enthralled by a work of art or by an exhibition and I later find that I am stronger and enriched by a more extensive vision of life, love and, why not, work too.