This year shopping is to be done in Venice. Make an act of love and support its artisans.
If you want to support Venice, support its crafts. With this itinerary we invite you to discover the Venetian artisans, a precious heritage that tells the history and life of Venice.
#StandForVenice is the theme of a series of free walks to discover the artisan and creative Venice organized by Veneziadavivere in collaboration with IgersVenezia, the community of Venetian Instagramers. Sign up for our newsletter to be informed about the program.
Venice has been the city of high craftsmanship, precious products and style for over a millennium. At the center of the trade routes between East and West, a source of inspiration for fashion trends over the centuries, it launched printing, lace, perfume, weaving techniques, diamond cutting and other wonders, the living art that can be seen and touched still today in the Venetian artisan shops.
Acqua Granda does not scare us.
Venice has always lived in close contact with water. Water is a friend, source and a mean of connection, and the phenomenon of high tide occurs almost every winter. On 12 November 2019, the high tide was higher than average, and Venice was severely damaged.
What impressed us was the speed with which the city rose again, organized and recovered: Venetians never stopped, and the shops returned to activity in a few days, without any sign of self-pity. What moved was the great solidarity of people from all over Italy to support the city: thousands of young people who spontaneously made themselves available to clean, wash, move, and the many initiatives that have sprung up everywhere to raise funds for the restoration of monuments, museums and shops.
Venezia da vivere organizes the Venice Fashion Week, a week dedicated to slow fashion and high craftsmanship. For years one of our focus has been on the research of the excellences in fashion and craftsmanship in Venice.
We have been able to select tailors, craft shops, innovative boutiques, ateliers and concept stores and we now present our first list of the artisans and creatives of the city. Like all Venetians, they have been the true saviors of Venice.
Santa Croce – San Polo
Paperoowl – paper objects and other wonders
“From the water you came, in the water you ended, despite the water you were reborn!” Transforming paper into design objects and jewelry is Stefania Giannici’ project, creator of Paperoowl. No one believed that she could ever be stopped by the water.
Stefania demonstrated her creativity by creating wonderful products with the paper submersed by the high tide of November 12th: “I was convinced that I had lost you and it was then that I rediscovered your strength! It’s true, I didn’t let you go, I didn’t leave sourly on one side, I believed in you and together we overcame this adventure! Something beautiful always comes from love: Acqua granda 12.11.19 the new notebooks “.
Golden, hand-printed, marbled, painted papers from all over the world, a selection of quality materials together with colors, folds and details. Stefania expertly models the paper to create jewelry, decorations, home decor and stationery: boxes, envelopes, notebooks, gifts and furnishings, up to the incredible necklaces made of paper pearls: beautiful, colorful or minimal, and light weight!
This artisan workshop on Calle Longa in Santa Croce has created together with the other Bottega 2137 and Slash, the Calle Longa District; they organize events periodically and creative workshops during Venice Fashion Week.
Workshop 2137 – flowers and design
Bottega 2137 – fiori e design
The magic of flowers that rebalance the soul, minimal and contemporary design, chic French-style details and great love for people and their work. It is the feeling you have when you enter Bottega 2137 flower shop. You will hear their gentle talking about how to care for plants and their precious advice. Beautiful floral arrangements with vases made of innovative materials, exciting home objects that come from all over Europe, the result of research that has become a lifestyle. Manuela and Paola’ decorations and creation for parties and events are in high demand.
Barchetta di Carta – when paper becomes art
Extraordinary manual skills and a limitless imagination are the elements that make the illustrator and designer Maria Mariano a unique artist, as unique are the paper and fabric creations of Barchetta di Carta, an artisan workshop between Calle dei Boteri and Campo San Cassiano , in the heart of Rialto.
Poetic fantastic animals, funny elves and goblins, unicorns, seagulls and hens, houses, castles and bell towers populate notebooks, diaries and sketchbooks hand-sewn with precious papers; cases and purses, cloth puppets inspired by the world of fairy tales, home decorations , postcards, greeting cards, bags, t-shirts are the result of an artisan and artistic work where the illustrations that Maria proposes on each object are very often a tribute to the city of water, from which she was adopted in 2006.
Laberintho – master goldsmiths
Giving a new identity to contemporary jewelry thanks to a passionate journey though different epochs and cultures, between symbolic and ancestral, is the vision of Laberintho‘s jewel and its master goldsmiths Marco Venier, Maddalena Venier and Davide Visentin.
Combining different tones, creating contemporary and unique shapes using ancient techniques: the master glassmaker Stefano Morasso and Laberintho have created a capsule collection that combines precious metal with Murano glass.
Lo Spazio 2091 – handcrafted products boutique
The idea was to create a small living room full of fun, joy and style. Offering an alternative proposal to the concept of “made in series” was the committment that inspired Giorgia to create Lo Spazio 2091.
Alongside the Made in Italy clothing, shoes (very comfortable!) and accessories, a clothing line was created in small quantities and will never be replicated.
Lo Spazio 2091 – Campo San Polo 2091
Tel. +39 371 3321682
Il Mercante di Sabbia – the light of design
Between the Basilica dei Frari and Campo San Polo a precious atelier of Venetian and international design invites those who stroll along Calle dei Saoneri to enter for a regenerating stop, immersed in soft colors and unusual shapes.
The selection is by the Italian French designer, stylist and model maker Claudia Puschi who every day displays in the windows sparkling creations with pure lines between contemporary and ethnic chic, lamps and lanterns, sculptures, bags, ethereal and minimal jewels, gifts and solutions for home decor.
Isla Fontaine – handcrafted bags and jewelry
The Venetian designer Eleonora Mayerle presents her collections of Isla Fontaine jewelry and bags entirely handmade by Italian artisans, and a selection of household products from other Italian and foreign brands. Eleonora’s bags and jewels are dedicated to geometry and color and combine the international trends of its artistic background and the quality of the Made in Italy.
Sotoportego de Rialto – the new shopping street in Venice
The arcades of Rialto have now become a sophisticated shopping street in Venice: boutiques, artisans and ateliers have come together to give a new soul to the area. Since the Middle Ages it has been the luxury street of Venice, and now it has become a cultural and creative shopping experience: jewelry, fashion, design and crafts are now sold in the ancient goldsmith street.
The origin of the name, Sotoportego dei Oresi, derives from the presence of numerous goldsmith shops which could already be found in some documents dated 1015. In March 1331 a Major Council legislation was approved which obliged the Oresi to trade, work and sell gold exclusively in the Insula di Rialto. However even after this restriction was revoked, gold and precious goods kept being sold almost exclusively in Rialto.
The frescoes in Ruga degli Oresi tell the great work of important artists such as Giorgione, Tiziano, Tintoretto, Veronese, who made Venice the painted city. Each shop, each craftsman, had their ‘crociera’ above the shop painted, giving luster to the building and keeping it in optimal conditions.
Maison 203 – 3D jewelry and contemporary clothes
Maison 203 was born in 2011 from the meeting between Orlando Fernandez Flores, a Venezuelan with a solid design experience in Foscarini, and Lucia De Conti, cosmopolitan graphic designer and great fashion enthusiast. The synthesis of their multicultural backgrounds has generated the atelier, a unique point of view on contemporary, conceptual and decorative jewelry where thought, through technology, is transformed into real material.
Voluminous and decorative shapes, or elegant and minimalist ones, thanks to the realization through 3D printing, are extremely light and flexible and able to interact harmoniously with the body.
Santo Stefano – San Marco
TeoD’Amar – an artisan boutique of unique accessories in San Marco
The designer Norma Marzà has created a concept store in Calle delle Botteghe in Santo Stefano: Italian handcrafted accessories, Sicilian hats and coffe made of impalpable and colorful feathers, Venetian bags and slippers (the furlane) made of precious fabrics such as those of Bevilacqua, and furnishing objects made by artist friends, such as jewels, frames, lamps created with 20th century Salviati glasses and also curious things such as tattoos in gold and silver powder produced by the Venetian goldbeaters.
The ideal companion for leisure is Teod’Amar, the precious beach towel made by specialized tailors. Dorsoduro, Castello, Cannaregio: each cloth in the collection has the name of one of the city districts.
Micromega – handmade designer glasses
Creative handmade and custom-made glasses that have the characteristic of being very light. Sometimes they are invisible, sometimes their hyper contemporary style has a strong personality and they are appreciated by stylists such as Rick Owens, who requested the mask glasses for his fashion show at Paris Fashion Week. These are Micromega glasses.
The_Sign – emerging design and creativity
The_Sign is the project of Aurora Cedolini, architect from Venice: it gives visibility to designers, architects, artists and local artisans, emerging brands, small brands, people who create original objects starting from their own personal concept.
The tiny concept store between Frezzeria and Calle dei Fuseri, which is often the venue for events with interesting DJ sets, is a marvel of jewelry, accessories, decor objects, vases and sculptures in wood, ceramic, glass, titanium.
Arnoldo] [Battois – sartorial glamor fashion
The Venetian designer brand Arnoldo] [Battois is the architect of a new contemporary language: the precious fabrics of Bonotto, the Slow Factory, artisan tailoring, glamorous design and the lifestyle of Venice.
L’Ottico Fabbricatore – secret lounge
Large sunglasses, something in cashmere and a fabulous bag: this is the description of the Italian style accordingly to the L’Ottico Fabbricatore boutique: one of the oldest opticians in Venice transformed by Francesco Lincetto and his wife, the designer Marianna Leardini. A concept store and a secret lounge where you can find unique handcrafted glasses, designer pieces, handcrafted bags designed by Francesco and Marianna, and clothing in cashmere, silk and innovative yarns, the result of their research and passion.
Ottico Fabbricatore – Calle del Lovo 4773, San Marco
Tel. 041 522 52 63
Nina – boutique of unique garments
Refined signatures and impalpable dreams in a Parisian atmosphere among silk, crystals, handmade bags, handbag ballerinas and colored sweaters with a transparent lightness: these are the Nina Boutique in Venice, two magical places between fashion and craftsmanship. If you are lucky you can meet Daniela Soreca, a refined stylist who travels continuously searching unique pieces and new fashion trends for the perfect outfit.
Nina Boutique San Rocco
Campiello San Rocco 3130, San Polo
Tel. +39 041 8221085
Accademia – San Barnaba – Santa Margherita
C’era una Volta – handmade toys and beaded jewelry
Serena Grandesso created the toy atelier in Calle San Pantalon many years ago and filled it with treasures and wonders: wooden toys, dolls, teddy bears, among the most precious soft toys, books, pens, notebooks, diaries, postcards, Carnival costumes, selected among eco-friendly companies throughout Europe.
The attention to planet sustainability and children safety can be also seen in the packaging created with recycled materials, in the care and in the choice of the wood for the games, strictly FSC (coming from sustainable forests ), in the processing with bee waxes and botanical oils, and in her the search for eco-certified natural dyes.
Extremely prepared to recommend to mothers the games suitable for the various ages and developmental phases of children, Serena has also organized a workshop for the creation of jewelry made of beads, with jewelry courses for children and adults. There you can create objects chatting and learning one from the other.
La Casa di Loto – Artisan workshop
La Casa di Loto is an artisan studio that produces high quality garments. Their plan is to keep prices affordable by optimizing and verticalizing the production chain. For this reason, La Casa di Loto design, produce and sell their garments directly to the customer in their boutiques in Cittadella and Venice.
The production is unique, artisanal and in limited edition, the garments are produced in the textile district of Carpi, exclusively using Italian yarns and natural fibers, pure wool and cashmere, silk and cotton.
Arras Tessuti – textile laboratory and ethical production
The Arras textile laboratory is part of the Laguna Fiorita Cooperative, born from the concept that diversity is a unique opportunity for enrichment. The laboratory involves people with intellectual and relational disabilities with the goal of their integration into social life.
Textile production follows tradition using manual looms, reproductions of ancient models, and pays attention to the research of fine and original yarns, and to the diversification of techniques. This allows them to offer high quality handmade scarves and clothing to their clients.
Perlamadre Design – handmade design pearl jewelry
Perlamadredesign‘s creations are born from Simona‘s excellence in the processing of Venetian glass using the traditional lampwork technique. The entire production process is carried out in the Venetian laboratory in San Barnaba. Creations that reflect the concept of the Made in Italy and the desire to rediscover the role of craftsman and local design.
If you also want to become a “perlera” you can participate to the lampwork workshops and to the demonstrative visits. In two hours, Simona will let you experience the magic of Murano glass processing, tell you the story of the Venetian pearls and show you some techniques.
Il Sogno di Valentina – creative boutique of artisan fashion and research
A boutique a stone’s throw from the Ponte dell’Accademia that offers garments designed by young designers, shoes made with precious materials and Made in Italy handcrafted accessories: Il Sogno di Valentina in Dorsoduro is a lounge to discover trends, designers and research fashion, created by the Venetian Valentina De Faveri.
ALESSANDRAMICOLUCCI – designer and artisan – sustainable fashion atelier
ALESSANDRAMICOLUCCI is first an artisan who pays homage to the nature that surrounds us, respecting it and involving it. Each piece, in organic natural fabrics, has been made and painted by hand, one by one, row after row, pois after pois: this gives each garments a unique identity.
Atelier Scatola Magica – tailoring atelier
Careful historical research, patient manual work, stimulating comparison with the most original customer requests: the fashion of all times for each event is the project of the Atelier Scatola Magica.
In the premises of an ex-biscuit factory of the 1920s, creations take shape, on a journey through centuries of fashion trends, from period costumes to contemporary collections, drawing on the creativity of the costume designer, the designer’s innovation, the competence of the tailor.
Atelier Scatola Magica – Cannaregio 4132
Tel. 041 975668
Vladì – handmade designer shoes
Since the beginning, Vladì shoes have been unique. The invaluable wealth of generational know-how of Riviera del Brenta shoe manufacturers and all the value of the Made in Italy are added to the richness of the storytelling of the past.
Their shoes are the result of a 100% handmade production, from the design phase to the laying on the form.
Banco Lotto 10 – ethical fashion
Rehabilitation and reintegration are the primary objectives of the Il Cerchio Onlus Cooperative which in 2003 established Banco Lotto n.10, the tailoring workshop of the Women’s Reclusion House on the Giudecca Island in Venice.
Hand-cut and finished with extreme precision, the clothes and accessories take inspiration from the fashion of the fifties and are made with high quality materials including Rubelli fabrics and with a choice of fresh colors to give a feeling of lightness.
Marisa Convento, Impiraressa, creates artistic ornaments to be worn, for the home and fashion accessories in Venetian glass beads (the smallest among the Venetian glass beads) and precious and rare Murano Glass beads. Marisa is one of the rare custodians of the Venetian art of the impiraresse, a traditional craft of Murano and Venetian women.
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