Rich Holiday Reds

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‘Tis the season – for rich holiday reds! As December approaches, poinsettia-toned decorations, accessories, and jewelry are sure to come out soon. Get in the holiday spirit with these bright red accessories, which will be sure to garner some compliments.

Poinsettia Venetian Glass Necklace

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This poinsettia necklace is one of our customer favorites of the season. Torsades are one of our most beloved necklaces due to their intricate beauty and the detail that goes into their creation. This necklace contains multiple strands of red seed beads that are adorned with a striking lampworked poinsettia, handcrafted from lampworked Venetian glass and gold glass bead accents. This necklace comes from our Venetian designers Valentina and Alessandra, bringing a Mediterranean touch to Christmas this year.

Christmas Charm Bracelet

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Keep in the holiday spirit with Daniel Lyons’ Christmas charm bracelet. Listen to the charms that feature Christmas trees, snowflakes, gingerbread men and more as they jingle all the way!

Carole’s ”Scarlet” Handmade Cloche

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Carole of Hudson River Valley brings us yet another beautiful cloche that is perfect for the holiday season.

Red Florentine Leather Tote Bag

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Sister artisans Valentina and Elisabetta keep the family tradition that has been passed down by their father alive with this beautiful Florentine leather tote bag, which comes from their family workshop in Italy. A bag like this can be worn all year round, but it is a particularly beautiful addition to any outfit during the holiday season.

Sumptuous Hand-Woven Red Alpaca Scarf

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Keep cozy with this warm alpaca scarf from the Andean Quechua communities of Ecuador and Peru, made in a sumptuous red hue.

Find more of our featured treasures at unoallavolta.com/featured.

Welcome in Winter

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If you live in the North like us at Uno Alla Volta, you are probably experiencing the morning frost that you might be waking up to each morning. Reminiscent of that dewy frost that you might find on your car or your lawn, this outfit features silver style to get ready for the snow that is sure to come!

Purple, Petal, And Blue Striped Alpaca Scarf

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This striped scarf is a warm accessory that adds a cozy touch to your outfit, keeping you both comfortable and fashionable. While hiking in South America’s chilly Andes Mountains, husband-and-wife architects Andrew and Lori discovered the incredibly soft, warm, yet lightweight garments that the indigenous people weave from alpaca fiber. Today they collaborate with artisans in the Andean Quechua communities of Ecuador and Peru, creating original contemporary designs – and sustainable jobs – for the artisans who use centuries-old looms to create accessories and clothing from one of nature’s most versatile and renewable materials.

Carole’s ”Sarah” Silver Cloche Hat With Snowflake Applique

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Stay warm and stylish in this “Sarah” silver cloche from Carole of New York’s Hudson River Valley. Carole takes inspiration from the 1920’s to create this both beautiful and warm hat that is perfect for the winter months.

Silver jewelry is a timeless way to always add elegance to an ensemble, and this holds true with these lovely silver accessories from some of our most beloved artisans.

Lorena’s Murano Magnificence Silver Torsade

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White And Silver Millefiori Watch

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Avi’s Textured Cuff Bracelet

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Find more of our featured treasures at unoallavolta.com/featured.

Enter The World Of Master Artisanship

Dear Friends:

Enter the world of master artisanship, a place where passion, technique, and experience intertwine to create one-of-a-kind products from the hearts and hands of the artisans.

This is the world of Uno Alla Volta: a place of uncommon gifts, distinctive collectibles and personal treasures. Each item in this collection is handcrafted, and no two pieces are exactly alike: a charm that makes every item truly an original.

In most cases, each selection is produced with traditional methods, some centuries-old, layering beauty and function with bits of faraway times and places. For some pieces, these old-world skills are coupled with modern techniques, combining the best of both worlds to create the highest quality products possible.

Some would say that with each creation, you get a piece of the creator’s spirit. What you can be sure of is that you will get a piece that is uniquely your own.

Warmest regards,

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Sensational Soirée

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With the holidays coming up, there’s no time like the present to begin thinking about what to wear for your upcoming soirées with family and friends. A little black dress is a necessity in any woman’s closet – the perfect versatile item for any season. Dress your ensemble up or down by pairing accessories with it. In this case, we’re inspired by old world glam with these chic hints of sparkle and raspberry.

Elizabeth’s Velvet Scarf With Roses

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Bring a touch of glamour into your life with this beautiful scarf from Elizabeth of NYC. Elizabeth created this scarf after she lost her favorite one and couldn’t find a replacement! The mesh mixed with swirls and the floral designs are a lovely way to make an outfit shine. Elizabeth designed this rich floral vest from her own original floral drawings. Her master artisans in India handcraft each vest, uno alla volta, in the vintage burnout technique, which is now back in style!

The “Madison” Cloche

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Channel the 1920’s with this raspberry colored cloche from Carole of New York’s Hudson River Valley. Carole never ceases to amaze us with her creativity that she puts into each of her handmade hats.

Lorena’s Murano Glass “Pearls”

With the original necklace being such a hit, Lorena has decided to yet again use the centuries-old tradition of lampworking to recreate the opulence of a pearl in this burgundy edition of this glass necklace. Each Murano glass ”pearl” is lampworked over a small flame, one at a time, and then hand-strung into three opulent strands to create this gorgeous piece. This time, she even decided to complete the look with a matching bracelet!

Florentine And Venetian Glittering Clutch

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Adding a touch of sparkle is the quickest way to make any night seem magical. Nothing better portrays that than this collaboration from sister artisans Alessandra and Elisabetta and our Venetian glass master, Giulio. This clutch features shimmering black leather trim and a lampworked zipper pull, and will add a touch of everyday sparkle to any outfit.

Find more of our featured outfits at unoallavolta.com/featured.

Season’s Greetings Preview

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It’s hard to believe that next week, Thanksgiving will already be here! That means that the Holiday season is officially upon us. Soirées and family gatherings will begin soon enough – why not get ready for the season with some festive fashion finds?

Green and gold are a beautiful color combination that shows both elegance and sophistication. Emerald is reminiscent of evergreen trees and gold adds an ornamental accent just in time for the holidays.

Elena’s Hand-Painted Holly Scarf

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This beautiful holly scarf is hand painted by Elena of San Francisco. The emerald green silk scarf is adorned with spirals of metallic gold accents to create a design reminiscent of a Christmas tree. Under her artistic eye, fabric is transformed into a wearable work of art, complete with pointed edges mimicking a holly leaf. This is the perfect addition to a winter ensemble just in time for the holidays.

The ”Anna” Green Wool Hat

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Named after our associate marketing manager of content, our “Anna” hat has become so popular that it is now available in 3 colors. This emerald green edition was the very first, and its popularity is still abundant. This color can pair perfectly with Elena’s holly scarf, bringing together the deep green and gold accents.

Florentine And Venetian Glittering Clutch

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Adding a touch of sparkle is the quickest way to make any holiday season magical. Nothing better portrays that than this collaboration from sister artisans Alessandra and Elisabetta and our Venetian glass master, Giulio. This clutch features shimmering black leather trim and a lampworked zipper pull, and will add a touch of everyday sparkle to any outfit.

Gold jewelry is always in style, and the shimmer that it brings makes any outfit shine. Dress up an outfit or keep it simple with these unique golden treasures.

Lorena’s Torsade Of Shimmering Gold-Infused Murano Glass

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Millefiori Italian Watch

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Crystal Accented Gold Bangles

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Find more of our featured treasures at unoallavolta.com/featured.

 

Alpaca Scarves

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Here in New England, the chilly air is starting to let us know that winter is coming! Warm up in style with our cozy Alpaca scarves.

While hiking in South America’s chilly Andes Mountains, husband-and-wife architects Andrew and Lori discovered the incredibly soft, warm, yet lightweight garments that the indigenous people weave from alpaca fiber. Today they collaborate with artisans in the Andean Quechua communities of Ecuador and Peru, creating original contemporary designs – and sustainable jobs – for the artisans who use centuries-old looms to create accessories and clothing from one of nature’s most versatile and renewable materials.

See more alpaca scarves and the rest of our collection here.

For inspiration for how to style these scarves, visit our Uno Alla Volta Guide to Scarves!

Christmas Preview: Luigi’s Glass Trees

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Master glassblower Giovanni Battista spent his life pursuing perfection. As a young man, he became captivated by borosilicate: a modern scientific glass which is incredibly durable, crystal clear, and must be worked at much higher temperatures than Murano glass. In 1964, after apprenticing in Zurich for many years, he returned to his home just outside of Venice to open his own workshop. More than fifty years later, his three children, Luigi, Roberto and Monica carry on the family tradition.

Hand-blown by the children of Italy’s prolific Giovanni Battista, each of these stunning pieces bears a unique Italian charm. During the 1960’s, Giovanni was one of the first artisans to take borosilicate glass out of the scientific laboratory and bring it into the artistic world, where he used it to create stunning home décor. Today, his children continue to create innovative designs in this unique medium. Their products have the lightness, clarity, and elegance of the finest crystal, but are far less delicate.

”Stella Platino” Venetian Glass Christmas Tree

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”Spirale Reale” Venetian Glass Christmas Tree

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”Colori Di Venezia” Venetian Glass Christmas Tree

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”Oceano Neve” Venetian Glass Christmas Tree

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”Mezzanotte” Venetian Glass Christmas Tree

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Venetian Glass “Pearls”

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Lorena’s Magnificent Murano Glass “Pearl” Necklace and Bracelet

On the isle of Murano, our artisan Lorena uses the centuries-old tradition of lampworking to recreate the opulence of a pearl in this glass necklace. Each Murano glass ”pearl” is lampworked over a small flame, one at a time, and then hand-strung into three opulent strands. Lorena’s great-grandmother began working with glass at the age of nine. Since then, the torch has literally been passed from mother to daughter through three generations.

Venetian Glass Pearl And Crystal Spring Hoops

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Large Pearlized Stud Earrings

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In a partnership where love, creativity and cultural traditions intersect, Barcelona-born Cristina and her Venetian husband Pierluigi create this exquisite handcrafted jewelry in the rich European tradition. In their workshop near the Rialto Bridge, each bead is lampworked one at a time and accented with gleaming precious metals. These glass pearl and crystal spring hoops require no holes in your ears, yet they are more comfortable than any clip earrings you’ve ever tried, and accented with delicate pave crystals.

Find more Venetian jewelry here.

Handcrafted Ulu Knives

Our Alaska knife artisan resurrects the 4000-year-old Arctic tradition of handcrafting curved-blade ulu knives. Originally for cutting blocks of ice or preparing animal skins, this contemporary version with stainless steel blade is a versatile tool in the kitchen, or a striking display piece.

The history behind the creation of ulu knives is quite a beautiful one. It has been given the nickname of “woman’s knife” because of the way in which it was first made. All those millennia ago in Antarctica, the work of women largely consisted of producing warm, tailored skin clothing. Women of the Old Bering Sea used ulus of stone blades in order to cut and scrape in their work.

This special knife has played an important role in the survival of Arctic peoples, as history tells us. They originally were primarily made of wood, ivory, bone, or caribou antler, such as this one. Metal blades, preferably old saw blades, became a favorite because of the tough steel they were made of, making it harder for them to dull quickly. It was a common tradition for the knives to be given as a wedding gift for women, having been made by their grooms, and then they would be passed down through generations within the family.

(This article was adapted from http://naturalhistory.si.edu/arctic/features/croads/ekven7.html).

Our ulu artisan in particular has a unique history as to how he came about to create these special knives. Je experienced a long, dangerous, and tragic journey from his homeland of Cambodia to his current home in Juneau, Alaska after fleeing from his country as a child. This experience was very moving for him and inspired his creative spirit to thrive. He feels thankful to live in a home like Alaska and therefore enjoys creating art that is so deeply rooted in the culture’s history.

Discover an ulu knife for yourself here, with this Handcrafted Caribou Horn Ulu Knife.

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Magenta Mood

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Now that November has arrived, start cozying up in one of our sumptuously warm alpaca scarves and one of Carole’s 100% wool felt cloches. Deep hues of raspberry are a wonderful way to transition from fall to winter, so pairing them with Alessandra and Elisabetta’s raspberry sparkle bucket bag will welcome in a hint of the winter wonderland that will soon come! Add a touch of elegance to this ensemble with our newest edition of Lorena’s magnificent Murano glass pearls which are pictured here in a beautiful burgundy color.

Carole’s “Amanda” Cloche

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In her quaint workshop, tucked in between the winding village streets in New York’s Hudson River Valley, Carole, our milliner, designs each of our show-stopping hats. Following her creative combinations of shape, color, and texture, her team of highly skilled, specialized artisans handcraft each hat, uno alla volta. First, each base is formed on a heated mold, trimmed, and hemmed, before cooling and being sent off to the decorating team for a final touch of old-world, artisanal magic. This raspberry edition is sure to turn heads!

Sparkling Florentine Suede Bucket Bag

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Born into the leather craft business, Alessandra and Elisabetta have the highest of standards for materials, workmanship and style. Recently, they have taken the helm of the family business following the passing of their beloved father, Maurizio. Together in their Florence, Italy workshop, they create beautiful bags from fine leather and suede. This sparkling suede edition with a gunmetal tassel is a lovely way to welcome in winter.

Luxurious Tan Striped Alpaca Scarf

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This tan alpaca scarf truly is as warm as it looks. Warmer than wool, these silky, hypoallergenic scarves are woven of 80% pure alpaca with 20% nylon for resilience. The tan color scheme makes this scarf the perfect way to keep warm and have an accessory that matches everything.

Lorena’s Burgundy Murano Glass “Pearl” Necklace and Bracelet

With the original necklace being such a hit, Lorena has decided to yet again use the centuries-old tradition of lampworking to recreate the opulence of a pearl in this burgundy edition of this glass necklace. Each Murano glass ”pearl” is lampworked over a small flame, one at a time, and then hand-strung into three opulent strands to create this gorgeous piece. This time, she even decided to complete the look with a matching bracelet!

To find more of our featured items, visit unoallavolta.com/featuredtreasures.