Handmade Shopping in Venice

Touched by hand, singular creations with soul.

by Cat Bauer

Specchio di Venere
Laura Candusso exclusively represents five artisans in Italy. After a career at Venini, Maurizio Pagnin creates his own artistic glass. Tiziano at CenCeTak stamps his mark on classic Friulane shoes with bespoke styles and fabrics. Giovanna Giuliani tailors handbags from scraps of leather from the renowned Mies Barcelona chair. Rita Bucco’s hand-painted silk scarves can be worn or hung like paintings. Ana Carolina Massaro’s DreamCatcher Lab encases handpicked dried flowers into wearable jewellery.

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Venetian Dreams
Marisa Convento was so addicted to collecting Venetian glass beads that she started her own company. Colourful trade beads were the bitcoin of their day, used as worldwide currency. The delightful Marisa continues the ancient Impiraressa craft in her haven in San Marco, inventing jewellery and embroidery with both modern and rare vintage seed beads.

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CpV Atelier
Cristina Smafora traded her life in hectic Milan for tranquil Venice, where her Collezione Privata Venezia fashions can be found in a corner of Boutique Malìparmi. Together with her daughter, Virginia, and her seamstresses, Cristina makes one-of-a-kind creations with products exclusively from the Veneto, like lush leathers and Rubelli brocades.

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Master Goldsmith
Sigfrido Cipolato, together with his daughter, Elena, craft personalised jewellery using distinguished 17th century techniques. Inspired by timeless heirlooms and museum gems, each dazzling work is a masterpiece.

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