First Lady Fashion Stories- Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama

Former first lady Michelle Obama’s style is bright and joyous, and often features patterns, bold colors, and statement jewelry. Add some of Mrs. Obama’s effervescent energy and radiant beauty to your wardrobe with these eye-catching pieces!

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Yellow Florentine Suede Tote With Blue Agate Stone

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Yellow Torsade Necklace

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Jan Michael’s Yellow Agate Cocktail Ring

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“Sunkissed” Hand-Marbled Silk Scarf

First Lady Fashion Stories- Nancy Reagan

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Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan was known for her signature “Reagan Red,” as well as fun clothing featuring polka dots, ruffles, and drama. These accessories pay tribute to Mrs. Reagan’s favorite color, as well as her love of Hollywood glamour from her early career as an actress.

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Red Florentine Leather Tote Bag

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Red Sculptural Scarf

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Carole’s “Scarlet” Handmade Cloche

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Katherine’s “Cathedral Window” Red Glass Earrings

First Lady Fashion Stories- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

To celebrate President’s Day here at Uno Alla Volta, we’ve decided to honor some of the most fashionable, iconic first ladies in history. The accessories featured in this series were inspired by these fabulous females and their most memorable looks. We hope these chic treasures will bring out presidential grace and confidence in you!

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Perhaps one of the most well-known first ladies in American history, “Jackie O” remains an American fashion icon. Her elegant, clean lines, simple sophistication, and signature string of pearls have inspired style trends since the 1960s. These accessories embody her understated elegance.

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Brown And Blush Double Sided Italian Leather Handbag

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Shelley’s Vintage-Style Glass Pearl And Swarovski Crystal Earrings

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Tan Cable Knit Baby Alpaca Poncho

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The Carmella Wool Floppy Hat

Meet Brooke, Our Newest Artisan

While attending UC Berkeley, where she studied drawing and printmaking, Brooke of California began creating handmade wallpaper in her spare time. However, as time when on, she found herself drawn to the life-giving nature of eggs, and began creating these ornaments for her family members. As she began to sell her unique creations to the public, the demand continued to skyrocket. Brooke now creates these inventive dioramas in everything from finch eggs to ostrich eggs.

This ornament is handmade from a real quail egg, which is filled with a small recreation of a robin’s nest, then filled with resin to seal it.

Creating Luck

Here at Uno Alla Volta, we are in the business of creation.

With our artisans, we create beautiful designs that bring joy to so many. With our employees, we create many wonderful opportunities for personal and professional growth. And, it is my hope, that we create many warm and memorable experiences with you.

But, can one create luck?

I, for one, have always been a believer in the saying: “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”

Luck is as much an attitude as anything. Some of us see the clouds, some see the silver lining, but in everything there is opportunity. It is our job to find it and embrace it.

I am so lucky to count you as a member of this big, wonderful family!

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Shop all of our “lucky” handcrafted treasures here!

Worship Around The World

As Lent begins and faith is at the forefront of our thoughts, the team here at Uno Alla Volta wanted to share these beautiful handmade crosses with you. Designed and meticulously handcrafted by artisans around the globe, these cross necklaces are perfect expressions of faith for this period of piety and self-reflection. The scope of their countries of origin expresses that faith has the ability to connect people around the world in a union of prayer, spirituality, and tradition. These bejeweled treasures would also make thoughtful Easter gifts for your loved ones to wear as a reminder of faith throughout the year.

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Abstract Cross Necklace With Freshwater Pearls

Handmade in Israel with sterling silver and freshwater pearls.

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Opal Loop Cross Necklace

Handcrafted in England from iridescent crushed opal and sterling silver.

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Florentine Mosaic Millefiori Triple Cross Necklace

In Florence, Italy each of these crosses is handmade in the millefiori tradition.

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Amethyst Cross Necklace

Hand-forged from silver-plated brass and rough-cut amethyst in Brazil.

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Beaded Cross Necklace

Handmade in America with freshwater pearls, rose quartz, and ceramic beads.

Mardi Gras: The Feast Before The Fast

With roots in medieval Europe, Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a holiday celebrated in many countries all across the globe. This day of decadence and debauchery is held the night before Ash Wednesday to encourage indulgence before the Lenten season of fasting and sacrifice begins. Mardi Gras is the culmination of Carnevale: the period of reveling in carnal pleasures such as eating rich foods, dancing, and drinking that begins in January. Rich with color, cultural traditions, and festive parades, this celebration is truly an unforgettable experience.

One of the largest and most widely known Mardi Gras celebrations is in New Orleans, Louisiana: the home of your beloved artisan, Mark. Last year he even sent a traditional king cake all the way to our Connecticut office so we could join in on the festivities! Forever inspired by the rich culture and unbreakable resilience of his city, Mark creates breathtaking glassware that perfectly captures the magic, mystery, and wonder of New Orleans.

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You can shop all of Mark’s hand-blown glass treasures here to bring the Mardi Gras spirit into your own home!

Ultra Violet: The Pantone Color Of The Year

The color gurus at Pantone Color Institute have finally announced the color of the year for 2018! Ultra Violet, a deep, blue-based purple, is rich, cosmic, and other-worldly. Symbolic of limitless human potential, deep spirituality, and the vast unknown, this shade was chosen to embolden and inspire. Our handmade, Ultra Violet-inspired accessories will add a bold pop of color to any outfit, inspiring the wearer to embrace their potential and find their destiny.

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Handmade in Venice, this lampworked heart pendant draws on centuries of artistic tradition.

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This uniquely shaped scarf quickly became a customer-favorite style, perfect for anyone who loves making an entrance.

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Handmade in Florence, this simple yet sophisticated tote bag is sure to garner many compliments!

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Our milliner, Carole, handcrafts each wool felt hat uno alla volta in her Hudson River Valley studio.

Celebrating The Human Connection

Here at Uno Alla Volta, celebrating the human connection is at the core of everything we do, which is why Valentine’s Day is so special to us. This past year, there has been so much love for us to celebrate. Lorraine, our Digital Marketing Manager, and Marina, our Product And Marketing Manager, both made beautiful brides this fall.

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Minetta, our Merchandising Manager And Accessories Buyer, and Marissa, our Public Relations Specialist/Brand Vision Coordinator both brought adorable, bright-eyed babies into the world. Kyler and Payton are the newest members of the Uno Alla Volta family, and we all look forward to their visits to the office!

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This day of love is the perfect time to count your blessings and show gratitude for your beloved family and friends. You can shop our selection of handcrafted Valentine’s Day treasures here.

Happy Birthday, Aquarius!

Those born under Aquarius (January 19th to February 18th) are known to be good listeners who are very analytical, opinionated, and independent. As a water sign, Aquarians are dreamers who lead deeply yet secretly emotional lives. These treasures celebrate this “Water Bearing” zodiac sign, as well as February birthdays.

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Aquarius Paperweight

The hypnotic swirls of this celestial paperweight create a unique depiction of Uranus: Aquarius’s ruling planet.

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Handmade Amethyst Ring

Prominently featuring February’s birthstone, this amethyst ring is hand-set in our artisan’s gleaming, hypoallergenic, signature metal alloy.

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Elizabeth’s Floating Violets Scarf

Inspired by our artisan’s trip to Vermont, which was lush with violets, this scarf celebrates February’s birthday flower.

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Hand-Gilded Mermaid Wine Glass

Hand-painted and adorned with silver foil in Verona, Italy, this wine glass is perfect for anyone born under the water sign of Aquarius.