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.

Daniele photo

I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. I grew up loving hiking and the outdoors so when I moved to San Jose, California I was right at home in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

When I’m not on the trails, or working (a lot), I create; you name it, crochet, sewing, drawing, paper crafts, baking, I love it all. There’s something quite amazing about taking an idea and seeing that idea transform and progress until it comes to fruition, especially if that final product can put a smile on someone’s face.

Tom D'Evelyn - Guest Writer
Tom – Guest Writer

Tom D’Evelyn has held various positions in publishing and editing and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

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