Even when she was still the first lady of the United States, Jackie Kennedy had already strong connection with Capri, Italy. In the mid summer of 1962, in the media heat caused by the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe on 4 August 1962 and a very open assumption of the actress's liaison with the president, Jackie with her daughter Caroline, accompanied by her sister Lee Radziwill went to Italy. There in Ravello, a small village on the Amalfi Coast, as well as Capri, Jackie was seen with Italian industrialist, future president of Fiat, Gianni Agnelli almost always and his wife Marella Agnelli only occassionaly. So much so that Jackie's husband Jack Kennedy had to send her a telegram: "More Caroline, less Gianni".
Nobody will ever know if Jackie Kennedy and Gianni Agnelli were romantically linked, but everyone can see she was initiated in la dolce vita de Italy, in a pair of white capri pants, with a pair of Capri sandals custom made for her by the artisan sandal maker Canfora, who also made sandals for Grace Kelly and Princess Margaret.
After becoming Mrs. Onassis, the wife of the richest man of the world Aristotle Onassis, Jackie lived in Greece, but Italy, in particular Capri, was her escape, she regularly went there, alone or with her new husband or her two children, or in the company of the jet set like the new Italian designer Valentino Garavani, wearing her white capri pants and custom made Capri sandals in various colors, until the 70s, then everything changed again. Aristotle Onassis died, Jackie Kennedy Onassis went back to New York, her spiritual and final home, living as an intellectual among books.
Capri, as well as Gianni Agnelli, remained but a nostalgia for Jackie, but the way how she wore her capri pants, nonchalantly and elegantly, will remain in our memory.