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SUSTAINABILITY, ECO-FRIENDLY, GREEN

Sustainability, Eco-friendly, Green…seem to be the buzzwords of the year!
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Hand Painted Italian Silk Scarf

The Making of a Silk Scarf by Claudia F

How does an exquisite silk scarf come to be?  If you ask our Milan-based artisan-in-residence, the soulful Claudia F, it begins with opening up your heart.

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Mixing Luxury and Commodity is Risky Business!

Seth Godin, marketing guru, academic and a prolific writer knows something about branding.

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The creative district of Brera, Milan

With love, from Italy

Have you ever been fortunate enough to take a leisurely stroll along the streets of Milan, Rome or Florence?

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In the Spirit of Giving…

With the end of year tapping on our shoulders something begins to change. Certainly the days are shorter, and the temperatures continue to plummet, but aside the climatic conditions, symbols that evoke a time of renewal begin to appear.

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Soft Cashmere Yarn

The cashmere poncho, transcending seasons and time.

Summer in some parts of the world shall soon bid us farewell; it is a bittersweet moment for those of us clinging to sunny days and balmy nights. 

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Handmade Italian Umbrellas

A myth about Umbrellas and Parasols!

Across the regions of Italy steeped in history and tradition there is a heartfelt respect for the work done by artisans.  None of the names will be known to you and few have works that have travelled beyond the shores of their native country.  Cristina and I, sharing a great love for art, style and all things handmade are now firmly on a mission of doing what we can to bring these same artists to new frontiers.

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Using time honoured jewellery making methods

On the trail of the artisan-maker

“He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsperson. He who works with his hands, and his head and his heart is an artist”. St Francis of Assisi

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Paying homage to the wild and whimsical wonders of spring

There is a universal sense of wonder and awe associated with the arrival of spring.  Mother Nature brings back a kaleidoscope of colour to the fertile, fallow ground — an ingenious orchestra of extraordinary visuals.

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Turn the page...

Turning the page…all 365 of them!

Well, here we are at the start of another New Year!  Perhaps some of us have made a few new year resolutions, while others decided that to make them is an exercise in futility.

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