The Venetian term “barena”, of Celtic origin, is little-known in Italian, and indicates the territory of the lagoon between land and water. Originally Venice was comprised solely of the lagoon, marshland and some small islands. The activity of the people living in this territory alternated naturally between agriculture, hunting and fishing. A love for this unique place, a curiosity and desire to penetrate a centuries-old tradition and research the manners and fashions of great charm, together with a know-how handed down over generations - all these things lead up to the birth of the BARENA brand. BARENA derives its inspiration from the people that populated the Venetian estuary; many of the pieces in the collection are reinterpretations of unique garments found in museums, or in books and antique prints depicting the everyday life of a bygone era. BARENA honours the poetics of the imperfection and requisite slowness in reaching places dear to the heart of every individual.