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Mask Shopping for Bal Masqué at iTesori

Anthony Vento, owner of i tesori on Main Street in Sarasota, and a portion of his Venetian mask inventory. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz

Anthony Vento, owner of i tesori on First Street in Sarasota, and a portion of his Venetian mask inventory. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz


SRQ Bal Masqué is one month away! Now is the perfect time to plan your outfit and select your most important accessory for the evening: the mask. Lucky for those planning to attend, there’s a shop in downtown Sarasota that has an incredible selection of authentic Venetian masks in every look and color imaginable. i tesori is a swoon-worthy boutique along First Street owned by Anthony Vento that always feels cool and fresh, like stepping into an air-conditioned oasis on a hot July day. Full of flowing of-the-moment fashions for men and women, Anthony is proud to carry an authentic array of Italian masks.

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Hand embellished Venetian paiper måché masks at i tesori in downtown Sarasota. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz

“For last year’s Bal Masqué, I almost sold out. This year, I have a higher inventory with some new looks,” said Vento. Each mask in i tesori is imported from Venice, so shoppers can trust that their purchases are as authentic as they are artistic. Anthony personally selects each one from a mask maker in Italy that specializes in hand-designed, artfully crafted pieces. Having a family friend in the business, Anthony is the unofficial mask expert of Sarasota.

Delicate laser cut masks and traditional masks adorned with feathers make a lovely accessory for Bal Masqué on October 3, 2015. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz

The selection at i tesori includes delicate metal masks with unreal detail. “Each one is laser cut and the glitter is hand applied,” said Anthony. If  you’re looking for something a bit more traditional, he offers a wide selection of masks made from paiper måché as well. “A carved wooden mold is used to shape the mask when wet. Once they’re dry, artisans paint and embellish them with glitter, gold leaf, lace or Swarovski crystals.”

i tesori also carries traditional Harlequin-style masks in bright jewel tones. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz

i tesori also carries traditional Harlequin-style masks in bright jewel tones. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz

This year, Anthony has increased his inventory with more men’s masks and Phantom of the Opera style.

SRQ Client Development Director Ashley Ryan tries on a feminine Phantom of the Opera style mask at i tesori. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz

SRQ Client Development Director Ashley Ryan tries on a feminine Phantom of the Opera style mask at i tesori. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz

Masks at i tesori range in price from $39.00 – $150.00. While a few styles can be found on his website, Anthony recommends coming to i tesori to ensure a perfect fit and comfortable mask that you’ll want to wear for the duration of the night at Bal Masqué.

For more information on masks, pricing and hours, contact i tesori at (941) 907-9296 or visit the shop on First Street and Central next to Starbucks in the heart of downtown Sarasota.

Tickets for Bal Masqué are on sale now! To make your purchase, visit SRQBALMASQUE.COM today!

An embellished venetian mask for sale at i tesori in Sarasota. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz

An embellished venetian mask for sale at i tesori in Sarasota. Photo credit: Mary Darby Guidroz

PRE-BAL MASQUÉ FESTIVITES: VENETIAN BUBBLES AT BIJOU CAFÉ

As the Official Wine Sponsor for the SRQ Bal Masqué event, Bijou Café’s master mixologists will be celebrating with the creation of a special signature cocktail, the “The Bijou Bal Masqué Bellini,” for sale in the Gossip’s Bar on October 4 alongside delicious fare from Bijou’s extensive menu. SRQ’s “A-Team” of Ashley Grant and Ashley Ryan, along with Kyle Battie and Ivet Atriano worked with photographer Evan Sigmund to illustrate the fashion and ambiance of the upcoming benefit gala and to introduce the signature Bijou cocktail. 

Bijou’s creation will be a twist on the classic Italian Bellini cocktail – a sparkling concoction of pureed peaches and bubbly created in the 1930’s by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy. Named for it’s unique pink color, The Bellini reminded Cipriani of the toga of a saint in a painting by 15th-century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini. This traditional Italian creation is the perfect way to kick off the Venetian infused evening.

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Showcasing gowns from the collections of Theia Couture, Carmen Marc Valvo, Aidan Mattox, BCBGMAXAZRIA  graciously provided by Saks Fifth Avenue Sarasota and Venetian artisan-crafted masks provided by I-Tesori, the European atmosphere of Bijou’s Gossips Bar adds an air of mystery and enchantment that will be a hallmark of the event. Bal Masque will be a magical evening filled with mystery, elegant eccentricity, a touch of magic and of course fabulous, food, fashion and performance.  The Bijou Café with its elegant European charm and location right across the street from the Opera House is the perfect fit for guests to gather and start the evening on a festive note.”

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So on October 4, before Bal Masqué starts at 8pm, head over to The Bijou Café across from the Sarasota Opera House for a festive happy hour starting at 5pm to enjoy a swill of sparkling peachy bubbly and a menu of delights. Bal Masque benefits SRQ Gives Back Partner charities including the Child Protection Center, Circus Arts Conservatory, Suncoast Charities for Children, Suncoast Science Center. “We are thrilled that Bal Masque will support organizations that help children in our community,” enthuses Grant. “What better way to kick off the social season in Sarasota than to don a festive mask, revel with fiends and help the future generation of our area.”

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