Introducing The Accessories Extravaganza

As the home and accessories buyer for Uno Alla Volta, I’ve had the chance to work with vendors all over the globe. Through my work, I’ve been exposed to countless fashions, and honed my personal style through that exploration.

Joyita’s “Bermuda Sunset” Silk Scarf

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This scarf from Joyita brings me back to the days when I studied painting and art history as an undergraduate student. My creativity was at its peak, and I was just beginning to discover my love of form and color. Explore some creative ways to style this scarf with the Uno Alla Volta guide to scarves !

Carole’s Natural Fiber Sun Hat

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Carole’s classic hats are always in style, with designs for every outfit and season. We have a lot of fun naming the styles after women in our office and our family members. I know it will be my go-to hat this spring and summer, with the wide brim and cute floral detailing.

Alessandra And Elisabetta’s Metallic Bucket Bag

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My annual visit to see Alessandra and Elisabetta in their Florentine studio is always the highlight of spring for me. I almost forget that I’m working when I’m driving through the Tuscan hillside to get there! As a buyer, I really appreciate how much their sweet, warm, feminine spirits are embodied in their marvelous handbags.

I’m hoping our Accessories Extravaganza will leave you equally as inspired!

With love, Marina

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Cheers to Spring

Cheers to spring! The sun is out, the birds are chirping, and you may even catch a butterfly or two if you take a walk outside. Amedeo, a long time artisan with Uno Alla Volta, brings his appreciation for spring to life with his hand-gilded butterfly wine glasses.

Amedeo is the master artisan behind many of our most beloved hand-gilded glass treasures. After graduating from art school, Amedeo founded his glass workshop in Verona, Italy. From the time his sons Valentino and Roberto were old enough to hold a paint brush, they have worked alongside their father, becoming expert craftsmen and artisans in their own right.

Together, he and his two sons transform an ordinary wine glass into this shimmering work of art by adding a beautiful butterfly design, available in both aqua and pink. After applying a stucco design to each glass, a layer of color and silver leaf is added by hand. Once completely dry, each glass is hand-polished to a gleaming luster.

Hand-Gilded Aqua Butterfly Wine Glass

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Hand-Gilded Pink Butterfly Wine Glass

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To celebrate spring, fill these beautiful butterfly glasses with this Spring Sangria recipe courtesy of Eat-Drink-Love.

Spring Sangria

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle of fruity white wine
  • 3 cups Sprite (you can also use lemon lime sparkling water)
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • Sliced lemons, lime, and oranges (and pineapple if you want!)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large pitcher, stir together the wine, Sprite, pineapple juice, and the orange juice. Then gently stir in the slices of fruit.
  2. Refrigerate the sangria for about 2 hours and serve.

To share with the whole family, you can substitute the white wine with sparkling cider.

Accessories Extravaganza! Uno Alla Volta’s Guide to Scarves

Our accessories extravaganza has begun! Scarves, hats, and handbags are everywhere to be seen at Uno Alla Volta. With the warmer weather, brighter colors are making their way into our wardrobes and we couldn’t be happier.

Spring is the season for silk scarves. A scarf is one of the most versatile accessories – wear it around your neck, tie it around the strap of your bag, fasten it into a hair accessory, or wrap it around your shoulders on a cool spring evening.

Looking for ways to style yours? Now that spring is in full swing, that doesn’t mean it’s time to pack away your scarves until next winter. In fact, now is the season to get creative! Discover new ways to style your extravagant accessory with our scarf guide.

  1. The Infinity Scarf – Tie the ends of your scarf together in a gentle knot to create a loop. Put the scarf around your neck, making sure the knot stays in the back. Twist the scarf in front of you to make an infinity sign, and wrap it once more around your neck, making sure the back knot stays hidden.
  2. The Lapel Drape – To dress up a classic blazer, trench coat or pea coat, simply drape the scarf evenly under the lapel of your jacket. This works best with a lightweight scarf, like the ones Joyita makes.
  3. The City Chic – For a classic look that’s both business professional and everyday chic, drape the scarf around your neck, keeping each side even. Bring the left side over and under the right, making sure to keep the tie close to your neck. Then do the same a second time, making the sides hang in an even overlay down the center.
  4. The Bow Tie Scarf – Hang the scarf around the back of your neck, keeping each side even. Cross the sides high in front of you, staying close to your neck. Then, as if you are tying a shoe or a ribbon, create two large loops to tie together in front of you, making a bow.
  5. The Eternally Effortless – You can never go wrong with a scarf that you can just throw on over any outfit, no matter the season. Fold your scarf in half, then bring the loop on the end to the back side of your neck. Cross the opposite side across the front of your neck, and guide it through the loop you made. Adjust to your comfort.
  6. The Show Off – To show off the unique and bold design of a statement scarf, loosely drape one side around the back of your neck, keeping the other side longer. Wrap the longer side in front of you and bring it once more around the back of your neck, creating even sides. Pull the center in front of you, keeping it a loose and relaxed fit. This style looks great with a square scarf, but can be worn with any scarf.

Our California artisan, Joyita, is an expert in handcrafting scarves. Bold or subtle, each of Joyita’s paintings on silk is a unique exploration in color, design and technique. A self-taught artist, she is inspired by the childhood joy of painting with her grandmother. Each scarf pairs glorious colors and patterns with exquisitely touchable texture. After hand-painting the fabric in her California studio, Joyita dries it for 24 hours before steam setting the brilliant hues.

Lucille of Connecticut makes her beautiful silk scarves just up the road from our office. Lucille can be found in her kitchen transforming white silk into one-of-a-kind marbleized works of art. She combs colorful drops of paint that float atop a bath containing a special solution. Once the pattern is perfected, she meticulously stretches her luxurious canvas of silk into the solvent, transferring and preserving the complex designs.

 

When it comes to scarves, the style opportunities are endless. For more inspiration, take a look at our entire collection of scarves.

How to Say “I Love You Forever” This Mother’s Day

As Mother’s Day approaches, now is the time to reflect on how special our mothers are to us. As the years go by, our relationships with our mothers evolve in beautiful ways – from a child who refuses to leave their mother’s side, to a cranky teenager, to an adult who now appreciates how much our mother has done for us. We begin to feel an appreciation for the unconditional love that our mothers have given us, and those of us who have become mothers now understand what it’s like to walk in their shoes.

This Mother’s Day, tell your mother how much she means to you with a Capodimonte flower that will last forever, just as the love you share does.

Capodimonte porcelain is the finest of Italian artistic pottery, with a history beginning in Naples in 1738. In that year, with clays of pure white color and the finest grain brought in from Calabria, artists created highly detailed objects rivaling the best of other European courts. Almost 300 years later, each piece is still individually handcrafted in the most meticulous detail.

Whether she loves roses, lilies, irises, or pansies, find your mother’s favorite flower as you browse the entire Capodimonte Porcelain Collection.

Lorena’s Murano Treasures

Lorena’s mother, Nina, began working with glass at the age of nine. Since then, the torch has literally been passed from mother to daughter. Today, Lorena, her mother and her sister put a fresh twist on tradition as they string their handcrafted Murano lampwork beads and millefiori into stunning, versatile accessories.

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Lorena and Terri in Murano

When we first introduced Lorena’s stretch bracelet design, our customers went wild! Everyone just had to have one, so we worked with Lorena to create the next generation bracelet, even more dazzling than the first. Loads of crystal embellishments bejewel her very own silver-infused lampwork beads.

Lorena’s Dazzling Bracelet of Murano

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Of all our glass artisans, Lorena is one of the most prolific, creating delicate masterpieces such as this rose bead bracelet. This piece features five strands of Murano glass seed beads in a soft pink-purple shade, with silver-plated findings. This seed bead bracelet now comes in Mint, Lavendar, Robin’s Egg Blue, and Grey as well.

Rose Murano Glass Bracelet With Silver Clasp

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Pair your bracelets with one of Lorena’s complementary rings, masterfully crafted on the Isle of Murano. Each ring is crafted through lampwork tradition, with bright glass and sterling silver. Allow an exotic sparkle to reign your hands when wearing our handmade Murano glass ring, crafted with a precision and passion that truly makes it a handcrafted treasure.

Lorena’s Silver-Infused Murano Glass Ring

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Discover all of Lorena’s Murano treasures on her artisan page, unoallavolta.com/lorena.

Lorena’s mother, Nina, during the lampworking process.

The Shimmering Isle of Murano

Our merchandising team took a journey across the Atlantic to visit our artisans in Italy. Anna, our copywriter, kept a travel log of the trip to share her experience with our Uno Alla Volta family.

“Since I began working with Uno, I have often heard about Murano: a glimmering isle off the Venetian coast, famous for its glass artistry. Although I have read so much about this place, nothing could have prepared me for the beauty of cruising the Mediterranean Sea in a water taxi and arriving at Lorena’s doorstep. Everything on Murano seemed to be from another world, another time, another realm of reality, dripping with wonder and tradition.

“Inside, Lorena and her sister Michela were overjoyed to share the history of their craft with us. Michela showed me a huge chunk of aventurine, or copper crystal, and explained that it has been customary to adorn glass with that material for centuries. Having learned the craft from Nina, their mother, these women are proud to carry on the family tradition by devoting their lives to glassmaking.

 

“Just outside their workshop was a shimmering canal, which other shops and restaurants were lined against. We walked a few steps and met with Roberta, the artisan behind many of your favorite Murano glass animals and “forever flowers.” She had the coolest personal style, with a short black bob haircut, a small, tasteful nose stud, and was wearing a grey sheath dress with amazing black boots. My first thought was: “Wow, she’s so beautiful, I want to be her!” From the style to the characters to the setting, everything about Murano was completely and utterly magical.”

All About Murano

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Artisan Spotlight: Valentina and Alessandra

Our Venetian artisans, Valentina and Alessandra, design their treasures encompassing their love of glass beads. Years ago, these Venetian designers decided to turn their passion and knowledge of jewelry design into a business that would allow their creative impulses to flow. They assemble each of the beads of their jewelry, uno alla volta, carefully hand-stringing hundreds of colorful seed beads. Their treasures are crafted with precision, featuring lampworked glass bead accents and faceted glass crystals. The aesthetic of each necklace and bracelet makes it wearable art, but the passion of the artisans manifested within each piece makes each necklace truly a handcrafted treasure.

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Valentina and Alessandra in Italy

These two ladies love to add just a bit of bling to their colorful Venetian glass designs. Their extra use of crystal pulls out the natural glitter of the copper crystal and gold-infused glass. As our second annual Murano event continues, Valentina and Alessandra have created designs for spring that will add a pop of elegant color to your everyday ensemble.

Venetian “Glorious Greys” Charm Bracelet

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Valentina and Alessandra’s Bar Necklaces

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Valentina and Alessandra’s Venetian Glass Memory Wire Bracelets

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Find the piece that matches you best on Valentina and Alessandra’s artisan page.

 

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Our merchandising team took a journey across the Atlantic to visit our artisans in Italy. Anna, our copywriter, kept a travel log of the trip to share her experience with our Uno Alla Volta family.

“Today we visited a glass workshop in Nove, Italy, run by the children of Italy’s prolific Giovanni Battista. Inside, his daughter Monica and sons Roberto and Luigi excitedly showed us the family trade. Having seen videos of glassblowing and lampwork, I always knew that glass art was an extremely impressive craft, but seeing it firsthand was absolutely breathtaking. The red hot glass, which they easily manipulated with a mastery of the craft, transformed before our eyes. I watched balls of glass become huge, stunning vases and intricately detailed Christmas trees. I couldn’t believe how easy they made it all look.

“Their close-knit bonds and strong work ethic were so apparent, and they reminded me so much of my own family. I couldn’t help but think of my own sister back home when I saw how Monica’s teenage daughter Sofia, the third generation of the family, was so sweet and excited to meet us. I always knew that family bonds were a cornerstone of Italian culture, but I never realized how much my own family reflected the values of our ancestry until I stepped into that workshop, almost 5,000 miles from my own home.

“In all its vast glory, the world is very, very small.”

Anna, Queen of Editorial

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Equestrian Elegance

Equestrian elegance is always in style. The upcoming Kentucky Derby is about far more than betting on horses. It is the unspoken truth that stadium style is just as important as picking the winning horse.

On the day of the race, the most important accessory is an elegant sunhat. Our New York milliner Carole is a master at crafting hats for every occasion.

Carole’s Handmade “Sydnie” Straw Hat

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Carole’s Pastel “Minetta” Floppy Hat

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Carole’s Handmade “Sarah” Pink Straw Cloche

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Lucille’s “Sorbet” Marbled Silk Scarf

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Paisley Florentine Silk Scarf

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Patricia’s Two-In-One Hand-Marbled Silk Scarf

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Beaded Bohemian Skinny Scarf

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Complete your Derby-ready look with statement earrings, a bold cuff, or a Murano watch to bring your ensemble together.

Michal Golan’s “Darling Dahlias” Earrings

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Jan Michaels’ Rose Quartz Textured Clip Earrings

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Michal Golan’s “Sweet Springtime” Earrings

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Mens’ style is just as important as what the ladies wear at the horse race, and Uno Alla Volta has derby-ready looks for the man in your life. Our sterling silver cufflinks are of the finest quality and feature Swarovski crystals, opal, sapphire and more.

Mens’ Cufflinks

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Our walking sticks are intricately crafted all over the world, and our Italian-made wooden horse walking stick is sure to be a winner at the derby.

Wooden Horse Walking Stick

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Equestrian Italian Walking Stick

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Our Second Annual Murano Sale

Uno Alla Volta is happy to share with you our second annual Murano sale!

Murano glass has become a customer favorite at Uno Alla Volta. Made on a shimmering island off the Venetian coast, each authentic Murano glass piece is masterfully handcrafted using age-old craftsmanship and lampworking techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation. Each one-of-a-kind piece is handmade over a small flame using traditional thirteenth century techniques, mixed with a touch of modern flair. From intricately hand-beaded jewelry to masterfully handcrafted figurines with precious gold and silver luster, each beautiful piece is sure to bring a touch of glamour to your ensemble.

Murano is a lagoon isle of Venice, and it has been the world’s capital of glass-making since the thirteenth century. Terri has visited this isle many times on her trips to Italy, where she meets with our Murano artisans including Lorena and her family, as well as husband and wife team Francesco and Roberta. These artisans use Murano glass to craft treasures that go beyond just beautiful jewelry – they create sculptures, home décor, and glass rosaries as well. Such a uniquely special medium deserves an event of its own, which is why we have created an annual Murano sale.

Browse our Murano sale to find a treasure of your very own!