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PAISLEY SOUL

ETTA JAMES AND LESLIE UGGAMS

With a complex, considered look and love of Indian ramage, Etta James and Leslie Uggams add a vintage touch to Paisley soul. Two different stories for two iconic talents that blossomed in the American soul era, exploring vibrant personalities with style. For Etta James, this meant a deep and troubled voice, mirroring the twists and turn that life takes under the limelight, exposing the balance between fragility and success. Her classic songs such as At Last and I’d Rather go blind left an unmistakable mark, symbolizing a pivotal moment in time, just like Etro’s Paisley patterns add an artistic, contemporary twist to a historic tale.

Adaptable and free, Leslie Uggams opened the doors to a new way to entertain, both on television and in the theatre. With a striking voice and the personality of a true entertainer, she made a name for herself in the Sixties with one of the first television programs to be presented by an African-American woman. The Leslie Uggams Show became a world stage for artists such as Sly & The Family Stone and Mitch Miller as well as a young Stevie Wonder. Uggams became an icon of her time, exceeding cultural barriers with style and joyful allure.

They are true Paisley souls: flourishing at the beginning of a new artistic era and paving the way for a style that continues to inspire the world today.