What is Marcopoloni?

Our goal is to bring people like you, who cherish and appreciate fine artistry, closer to the artisans who create them. Everything we offer is handmade by carefully-selected artisans who pour their love and pride into each piece of work.

Much as Marco Polo brought the Western world in contact with the treasures of the Far East in the late 13th century, Marcopoloni strives to put you in touch with beautiful handmade goods from around the world!

About the Authors

Daniele photo

I was born in Milan, Italy, completed my education in the United States and after a few years of actually working, embarked in entrepreneurial endeavors.

I delve deep into my passions: when I was young I could be counted on to show up to play in four soccer matches on any Sunday. Now that my body can’t keep up with my mind, I fill that void with family, cooking, and coding. I like to remind people that “you are what you eat,” and I add: ” … and drink, and breathe, and wear.” And this really explains why I have such a passion for quality, handmade things: paying attention to details can be very rewarding.

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A native of Tokyo, Japan, I Emi-grated to the States when I was five years old (and no, I don’t like puns unless they’re absolutely irresistible). In school, I studied cognitive science where I learned to ask intriguing but  completely real-life-inapplicable questions like “how does the brain recognize a straight line?” I then went on to do different things ranging from business consulting to tech support, before having my a-ha moment which lead me to where I am today.

My passions include traveling (mostly just wishing I were), photography (trying to learn how not to take really bad photos), and soccer (I have been known to practice kicking the ball in my sleep). My favorite quote is: In every truth, the opposite is equally true [Siddhartha]. I don’t know why, except it just sounds … true. And not true. At the same time.

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I am originally from San Francisco, CA but have moved around the Bay Area quite a bit since then. In 2011, I received my BA in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz. Sociology is a fascinating subject that analyzes the limits of society’s expectations and the social norm. You learn to be more aware of all the intricate details around you and honestly, I can’t ever stop seeing what I learned in my daily life anymore! Instead of continuing in that career path, I went off to pursue careers in which I am much more passionate about; Something that involves DIY/handmade projects and cooking.

DIY/handmade projects are amazing in the way that the final product is always imbued with the creator’s authentic thoughts, emotions and personality. Cooking is of a similar vein because you put a bit of yourself into the food you make (and no, I don’t mean dropping a couple of hairs in it!) and it is what defines who you are. People who know me personally will tell you that I am a “laid back and go with the flow” type of person. They will also tell you that I am very passion driven. What I love to do, I do best and I don’t pass up on an opportunity to enjoy it. Whether it is music, cooking, or DIY projects, I embrace every single moment of it and make the best of whatever comes my way.

Tom D'Evelyn - Guest Writer
Tom – Guest Writer

Tom D’Evelyn has held various positions in publishing and editing and is now a writing coach in Portsmouth New Hampshire, where he lives with his wife Toby Hatchett, a journalist, and cat Horace. His personal blog is poetrymetaxy.blogspot.com.

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