The 2021 Guide for Unique Artisan-made Gifts from Florence / Part 2
Curated by Creative People in Florence
Part 2 of our Holiday Gift Guide is here! With the lights coming on around town, we can feel the holiday spirit rising in Florence. We are so excited to share the newest work by local artisans, artists, and designers, fresh out of their workshops. While it may still seem early for holiday shopping, it’s the perfect time to make sure any special or custom orders are ready in time. As always, our selection features products designed and made by hand in Florence and Tuscany. Remember that if you’re here in the city, the artists are always happy to have visitors stop by their workshop to show you their work up close and answer any questions. Find Part 1 of our Gift Guide here.
For an elegant touch to any home or table, a piece by artisan Jacqueline Harberink of JHA Porcelain is a perfect choice. Handmade in fine porcelain and finished with gorgeous touches of gold or unique surface textures, each object, from vases and bowls to plates and cups (and even jewelry!) is meant to be touched and loved. Don’t be fooled, despite their delicate appearance, these pieces are surprisingly durable and stand up to daily use. For the pieces shown below and more, visit https://jhaporcelain.com/ or check her out @jhaporcelain. Also, stay tuned for some very exciting news about her brand new studio in town…
It has been a year of changes for many of us, and that includes designer Angese Fazolo, who has unveiled a new project called ANg Studio. Formerly Ang un bebè, ANG Studio also includes a new line of clothing for women, as well as her much-loved collection of children’s wear. Here are some of our favorite looks for the little ones this season, as well as a sneak peek at the womenswear collection. For more, we suggest stopping by ANg Studio in Via dei Macci 68r, or visiting the website angstudio.eu. You can also stay up to date by following @angstudio_firenze.
There is always a whirlwind of creative energy to be found at the co-working jewelry studio, Officine Nora. With permanent resident artists as well as short-term guests sharing ideas and skills, the space brims with fresh ideas and unexpected contemporary jewelry. We can’t fit all of the fabulous work here, but we hope you’ll be enticed by this selection to stop by the studio to meet the designers yourself and check out the space, just off Piazza Santo Spirito in via dei Preti 2-4r. Keep track of their holiday opening hours on Instagram @officinenora, or contact them to visit by appointment. Also, keep an eye out for info aboout two upcoming workshops on December 4. To browse from afar, visit their online shop officinenora.it or contact them for an online video shopping session.
We fell in love with Emily Cucalon‘s collages back in August when she participated in our Instagram Takeover Series. For a week she delighted us with a behind-the-scenes look at her art practice and shared her sources of inspiration. Her Zona Rossa series is a particularly poignant look at the feeling of separation we felt from each other as we were closed behind the walls of our homes. The pieces below are just a selection of her work, so we encourage you to visit her website emilycucalon.com or Instagram @emily.cucalon to see more.
Local brand Tiche Clothing blends effortless style and sustainable practices into styles that last across seasons. We love how designer Tijana Stankovic renews wardrobe classics with unexpected twists to make them contemporary yet timeless. Meant to dress women of all ages, Tiche styles are versatile and flattering with made with top-quality fabrics. Stop by the shop in Via San Zanobi to take a closer look or visit the website. For the latest, stay connected @ticheclothing
It’s not a secret around here how much we love this growing collection of Florence-themed key chains by Frau Leman. In her workshop on Via della Chiesa you’ll also find a wide range of handmade leather accessories, from wallets and coin purses to shoulder bags and backpacks. Artisan Stephanie Lehmann loves working on bespoke products or customizing her designs with your choice of leather and lining. To be sure to have your favorite items in time for the holidays, she advises stopping by the shop as soon as possible. You can also check out what she has in stock on her online shop frauleman.com or see new styles @frauleman.
When artisan Veronika Wick isn’t hard at work restoring historical manuscripts or repairing ancient texts, she puts her love for books and paper to work by making brightly colored leather-bound notebooks and agendas, photo albums and boxes lined in Florentine marbled paper, or even complete domino sets (including the pieces). She loves adding a personalized touch to any book with an embossed gold stamp or your initials or a short phrase. You can find her work at Centocinque Rosso, the new shop she shares with fellow artisan Cecilia Falciai (featured in Part 1 of our Gift Guide). See more at @studio_wick18.
Stay tuned over the coming weeks for more gift ideas from local designers and small business owners for all the special people in your life. As always, shop small, shop local. Happy gifting!
To learn more about the artists mentioned above and discover other top-quality craftsmanship in Florence, download the new Creative People in Florence App! Free to download from the App Store or Google Play, the App offers access to a selection of local artisans and designers. You can use it to map the route to their workshop or you can browse their online profiles and shop online.