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Putting the Passion Back into Your Products: A Celebration of Today’s Artisans

In the early 19th century we saw the rise of Fordism, assembly lines and generic mass production. At the time, this was indeed a feat of ingenuity and profound efficiency, however, perhaps what Henry Ford and his productivity-minded predecessors failed to notice, was that the introduction of mass production inherently drains everything that is human from the crafting process. Artigianato e Palazzo serves as ...

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10 Characters That You Are Bound To Stumble Across In Italy

If you stay in Italy for a substantial period of time, you start to notice that there are certain characters that keep popping up all over the place. Here is a rundown of some of the most amusing stereotypes that you can run into. 1) Stefano the Sleaze Easy to spot, lurking in the cities most popular courting grounds, the common sleaze has a very unimaginative mating ritual. Often seen simply grunting towar ...

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Where to get High-Quality and Custom Leather Goods in Florence

Florence is known for its abundance of leather outlets throughout the city, and so it would not be unreasonable to think that it is easy to find a reliable shop to get customised leather goods of a high quality. So, after purchasing a belt buckle on my travels, I set out to San Lorenzo market to find someone to make a personalised leather strap for it. As it turns out, a lot of the stalls stock the same gen ...

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