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!

Why we post pictures of (almost) every Campomaggi bag we sell!

One of our 2015 goals at Marcopoloni is to continue posting individual photos of each Campomaggi bag for sale on our website. That means each actual bag, front and back, so that you can preview the exact bag before you buy it. You can see this in action when you go to add a . . . → Read More: Why we post pictures of (almost) every Campomaggi bag we sell!

Happy New Year 2015!

I have been wishing happy new year for a few years now, perhaps it will become a holiday tradition. Of course, as usual, I am a few days late, but I don’t plan on doing any better in the years to come: time with the kids is too much fun to worry about a . . . → Read More: Happy New Year 2015!

Truly hands-on customer service at Marcopoloni!

Yesterday one of our customers ordered the Pausania Vertical Shoulder Tote online. Because he knew we were a small, family-owned business that treats each customer like a friend, he quickly called us with a question about his order. He loved the bag – one of Campomaggi’s classic rugged-chic bags of top-grain, distressed leather – . . . → Read More: Truly hands-on customer service at Marcopoloni!

Murano Glass Clowns Are Works of Art

Murano Glass Clown

Our first Murano glass clown arrived broken and broke my heart. But we got to experience the beauty and expressiveness of the work of art and will try again. . . . → Read More: Murano Glass Clowns Are Works of Art

One Thing Is Better Than Two

I was walking at the mall while Chiara was attending a birthday party and I saw a sign outside of a restaurant that said: “TWO THINGS ARE BETTER THAN ONE”.

Really?

I don’t think so.

But that is the marketing logic that we have come to accept. Yet, I think, it should be challenged.

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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!

Meeting Bahadir from The Baharra Design Studio

Vintage Design Tulip Ring

Sometimes providing good customer service opens up some unexpected opportunities. . . . → Read More: Meeting Bahadir from The Baharra Design Studio

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?

Maledetti Toscani

Maledetti Toscani upholds the idea that a product that says “made in Italy” should really be made in Italy. You have no idea how hard it is to find a partner that believes that and we are very happy to have found Maledetti Toscani. When we offer their products we know that we are offering authentic products–something that means everything to us. . . . → Read More: Maledetti Toscani

The Interview Sparked Some Thinking

The Marcopoloni Team as captured by the Campbell Reporter photographer

When Allison Williams with the Campbell Reporter set a time to come and interview us, Emi and I realized that we needed to get a few points across very clearly. We figured that Allison would want to know what drives us to be . . . → Read More: The Interview Sparked Some Thinking