Thursday, May 25, 2006

Florence imam finds time for fashion


FLORENCE, Italy — After presiding over an early morning funeral, Izzedin Elzir stopped by his leather jacket stall at Florence's bustling San Lorenzo market.

As the 35-year-old Muslim imam and former fashion student held up various styles for passing tourists, he explained how the cut and color people choose depends somewhat on their nationality, but more on their age.

"Young women want a fashionable jacket, something short, sporty but elegant; instead, older women look for a softer, more comfortable jacket, and they often want a particular color — like red."

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