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!

In the spotlight: Antartidee!

Much attention is given to our beautiful leather handbags here at Marcopoloni. But we also carry lots of other handmade products you may not have discovered yet. One of our most unusual collections is the work of Antartidee. Based in Reggio Emilia, a city in Northern Italy, Antartidee artists Mauro and Roby and their . . . → Read More: In the spotlight: Antartidee!

Etsy’s controversy makes us wonder: how do you know it’s really handmade?

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?

Artisanal Gelato

Affresco helps gelato craftspeople perfect and market their product.

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

Maledetti Toscani Is 100 Percent Made in Italy

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

Almost Perfected My Spaghetti alla Marinara

Chiara approves of my Spaghetti alla Marinara

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

Handmade Gnocchi for Easter

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

The Revolution Begins! (with our Zavatti backpacks)

Revolution-Zavatti-leather-backpack

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)

Preserving the Way of the Artisan

How can Chinese basket be cheaper in Zambia than the equivalent baskets made in Zambia? . . . → Read More: Preserving the Way of the Artisan

Campomaggi

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: A Revelation

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