The “uniqueness factor” of the handmade never goes unnoticed. Several weeks ago, while strolling with Cristina along the charming alleys and canals of the very chic “I Navigli” of Milano, a dear American friend made an observation.
“Here,” she said, “there is fashion within fashion. Even the lady who passed us by her strikingly simple ensemble was so unusual it made me look twice.” After a minute or two she added, “Just think, her dress code is unique and cannot be replicated.”
This is the unmistakable quality of the handmade in Italy, original but harmonious in design, precious in handiwork, and the materials used. And, this is why a simple accessory, a knit say, or a bag, a scarf can add a touch of sheer delight and sophistication.
These items are not mainstream or easily available, unless of course you are in the know. Meaning you know where to find the artisanal “bottega” or the artisans themselves. Some pieces are produced in very small quantities, while others come in a limited series that if repeated each item differs slightly from one to the other.
This is the “plus” we are bringing you in the new “Limited-Edition” on our website theitaliancollection.com. A page dedicated to items made in extremely limited numbers; they are selected specifically for their distinctive nature, each one a candidate for the “fashion within fashion”ideal that is a true signature of our beloved Milano.
We offer silk scarves painted by hand and lined in cashmere from the iconic house Colombo; handbags by Turin’s very special MiaLuis; cashmere pieces by Luccarini expertly made from recycled cashmere textiles; stunning necklaces by Ornella Bijoux; and, in anticipation of next spring, sun visors hand painted by Loredana M.
The curation of special accessories that fit perfectly in Limited-Edition has only just begun. We have lots of ideas for the coming seasons, however, do tell us…what would you like to find on our special page? Let us know and we would be delighted to help bring your heart’s desire to fruition.
Cristina and Myriam