“Made in Italy for me is not only an index of quality, but also and above all a concept, the story that an object carries within itsself and wants to tell.”Sogand Nobahar of Nobahar Design Milano
This is how Nobahar lets herself go to a reflection on contemporary Made in Italy. When words are not enough anymore, when what you want to tell is bigger than us all, Italian craftsmanship allows you to reach with hands further places that eyes couldn’t immagine to get to with their gaze.
The designers who choose the persuasion of Made in Italy decide to caress the people soul and do it with care, with an innocent and perhaps a little naive smile, or with the impetus of those who don’t want to stop; what is certain is that they give shape to desires with bold cuts or sophisticated materials, crossing with their creations spots unknown to rationality, of those kind that leave you suspended in mid-air. But more than this Made in Italy is synonymous with trust …
“For us, craftsmanship means seriousness and devotion, research and love. It means transforming an idea, a form, a design into a concrete and practical object, through the precise techniques that have been handed down for centuries, that we will never be tired of learning. We chose to design and craft our accessories in our city, Trieste, alongside Italian laboratories for the production of small parts, fabrics and leathers, precisely based on this idea. All our accessories are made of vegetable tanned leather, processed by tanneries affiliated to the Consorsio Pelli a Concia Vegetale Toscana, which keeps alive the oldest and most sustainable tanning techniques with vegetable tannins. For us, Made in Italy means sustainability and respect for the land, traditional craftsmanship and product quality.”Rossella and Matteo of Maison Dressage
There is no mention of patriotism or ephemeral arrogance but of pride and contemplation of those arts and traditions passed on over time but above all of love towards those yarns that under vigilant eyes turn into fabrics … Notions and ancient techniques are preserved in the heart of our earth, made eternal thanks to high quality embroidery and stitching. Made in Italy is more than a design and production method, made in Italy is culture which roots sprout in the awareness of each of its prosecutors.
Cultivating beauty, evoking the mannerisms of long gone ages, and still making them ours. Made in Italy writes its preface in past years but its narrative path enjoys the modernity of our days thanks to the new minds of fashion that skilfully managed to grasp the rudder left to them.
“I chose Made in Italy for several reasons, but all deriving from an awareness: all of us who have had the privilege of being born in Italy are immersed in a priceless heritage of experience and manufacturing tradition, the beauty and quality of Italian artifacts is what sets us apart from the rest of the world, and it was the love of beauty and the tradition that brought me in my work and professional life to meet entire families that have been transmitting their know-how from father to son for generations. This has inevitably led me to make choices about the production chain, and about the raw materials I choose: knowing where the materials used come from, knowing with certainty who picks up each piece and being able to relate directly with the artisans is a virtuous circle that brings me to learn from them; entrusting myself totally to their experience is essential, without them Arte Facta would not exist. I know the faces of all the people who work for me and it’s important because it makes me feel safe; we are a team, or better yet, a family; I know with certainty that nobody is exploited to make my jewels and my bags, this is another of the principles on which my company is founded: respect for human rights.”Ilaria of Arte Facta
Italian artisans are authors of an endless plot made up of inner gasps, conscience and a dreamlike attractiveness …