One of the most successful websites to offer handmade, artisan products – Etsy – quietly changed its policies last Fall and allowed in manufacturers. One year later and the site is flooded with items like $3 wrap bracelets supposedly “handmade” in China. Many of the true artisans on Etsy have seen their business plummet . . . → Read More: Etsy’s controversy makes us wonder: how do you know it’s really handmade?
Italian gelato is great, but Italian gelato made with the best ingredients by people who really know their craft is out of this world. That is exactly what I’m seeking and I have been lucky enough to find a few artisans who deliver that kind of experience. . . . → Read More: Artisanal Gelato
We always look for them and this year we found them: Maledetti Toscani is an experienced artisanal shop that is determined to preserve the way of the artisan and authentic made in Italy. Their works are beautiful and we are very excited to add them to our offering. . . . → Read More: Maledetti Toscani Is 100 Percent Made in Italy
One of my passions is cooking, and getting my Marinara sauce right is one of my principal quests at the time. In this blog post I reveal how different ingredients and small variations from the usual can make a difference. Today’s effort was delicious. . . . → Read More: Almost Perfected My Spaghetti alla Marinara
A string of mistakes, especially using too much flour, yielded gnocchi that were pretty hard–far from the quality of gnocchi I made in the past. But the process was well worth it. Spending time with Chiara and teaching her a little bit of what it is like to be Italian was priceless. . . . → Read More: Handmade Gnocchi for Easter
Daniele and Anita pose with the actual backpacks that shipped to the set of the new NBC TV series, “Revolution”
Very recently, we received an order for two ZAVATTI leather backpacks from a brand new TV series, Revolution, written by Eric Kripke. For those of you who follow TV shows often, you might . . . → Read More: The Revolution Begins! (with our Zavatti backpacks)
How can Chinese basket be cheaper in Zambia than the equivalent baskets made in Zambia? . . . → Read More: Preserving the Way of the Artisan
An interview with Mr. Campomaggi reveals a lot about the source of Marco’s inspiration. When you dig a little deeper you begin to find out why Campomaggi is such a great fit with Marcopoloni. . . . → Read More: Campomaggi
Kewpie Dolls at the Miyagawa Morning Market in Takayama
I came across these adorable Kewpie dolls at the Miyagawa Morning Market in Takayama, Japan. The dolls were not handmade, but they were wearing little handmade 浴衣(yukata, or a casual version of the kimono)! When I laid eyes upon them, they immediately brought me . . . → Read More: Kewpie Dolls: A Revelation
I recently commented on how difficult it is to export a local experience to another country. Yet, it can be done, at least to a good extent.
We had been up since 3:30, thanks to serious jetlag, and still had time to kill before we could start calling the artisans we wanted to visit. . . . → Read More: Authentic Italian Accomplished