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!

Amazing Details Will Surprise You

Slipping Time Desk Clock

I talked about watching artisans create before. Now I focus on watching the details of their amazing creations. They are often unexpected and surprising–something that leads me to believe that our products deserve careful consideration. . . . → Read More: Amazing Details Will Surprise You

Happy 12th Birthday Marcopoloni!

Another year has passed and it is fun to think about how much things have changed. A year ago Marco was still coming to the office three days a week, we hadn’t begun redesigning our Web site, and we hadn’t yet conceived our Campomaggi report that is so fun to read.

Now our home . . . → Read More: Happy 12th Birthday Marcopoloni!

A Stronger Dollar Means Lower Prices from Japan

Japanese Yunomi Tea Cup Set

After years of constantly rising, the Japanese yen has come all the way back to the exchange rate that feels normal to us. We can afford to buy from our Japanese artisans again! . . . → Read More: A Stronger Dollar Means Lower Prices from Japan

Watching A Skilled Artisan Create

Skilled artisanship is hard to explain. If you have never seen it you have to see it to fully comprehend it. We seek skilled artisans and we tell the world about their amazing feats. We also think that their creations are worth pursuing. . . . → Read More: Watching A Skilled Artisan Create

Today’s Catch: Volkswagen!

Caveat Emptor is nearly impossible today because of the complexity of global manufacturing. We try to vet our artisan and found that the best way to do so is by meeting them face to face often over the years. . . . → Read More: Today’s Catch: Volkswagen!

Comparing Gianni’s Classic Italian Leather Keychains

Classic Italian Leather Keychains

Among classic leather keychains, the Snaplink is my favorite, but there are compelling reasons to choose the Giamaicano or Classico instead. . . . → Read More: Comparing Gianni’s Classic Italian Leather Keychains

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