Celebrating Mother’s Day – Robin

Uno Alla Volta is celebrating Mother’s Day this year with stories and memories from around the office.

I never realized how being a mother would change my life so much for the better. My mother made it seem so natural and when I had my daughter, I couldn’t imagine my life without her today. The friendship and bond that I have, and which continues to evolve, with my now adult daughter, is one of my most valued and important relationships. Watching her grow from a small child, to a teenager, graduate from college, and be off in the workforce was an amazing evolution. Today, she is off on her own, buying her first home and owning her future.  As a mother, I cannot be more proud and feel more blessed.

-Robin, CMO/COO

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Artisan Spotlight – Mariagrazia

A creator of extraordinary beaded jewelry and accessories, Mariagrazia of Venice brings true artistry to her craft. Each piece is a masterpiece of composition, color, and construction – a work of art guided by the heart, and rewarded by the joy of sharing its beauty with the collector.

Mariagrazia’s Hand-Beaded Floral Wreath

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This wreath is a stunning showcase of Mariagrazia’s mastery of her craft. Each flower on this wreath is hand-beaded onto malleable wire, shaped into the perfect form, and then joined to the next one in a perfect circle. Each flower is a masterpiece of composition, color and construction. Each wreath will be made to order, and will take some time to be perfectly hand-shaped. The process is incredibly meticulous and labor intensive, but the final product is nothing short of a masterpiece.

 

Hand-Beaded White Daffodils

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, saying “I love you forever” has never been easier than with flowers that will always stay as perfect as the day you brought them home. In her Venetian studio, Mariagrazia utilizes her patient and creative ability when handcrafting her eternal white daffodils, uno alla volta. She individually hand-strings hundreds of tiny Venetian glass seed beads onto fine copper wire, then hand-shapes each delicate strand into these lavishly sculpted flowers. Bring some bloom to any room with these gorgeous flowers, an ideal accent for any home.

See all of Mariagrazia’s beautiful, handmade treasures on her artisan page.

Celebrating Mother’s Day – Marissa & Lynda

Uno Alla Volta is celebrating Mother’s Day this year with stories and memories from around the office.

I am lucky to get to spend time with my mom every day, because we both work at Uno Alla Volta. I love that she is just a few desks away from me if I need her. I never fully appreciated all of her time and care until I became a mom myself. Now that I’m pregnant with my second child, and my first girl, I hope that my daughter and I will be equally as close!

-Marissa, Public Relations Specialist/Brand Vision Coordinator

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Celebrating Mother’s Day – Anna

Uno Alla Volta is celebrating Mother’s Day this year with stories and memories from around the office.

For as long as I can remember, my mother has taught me to fight for everything I’ve ever wanted, and to never take “no” for an answer. While a juvenile understanding of this philosophy created a rather mouthy, indignant teenager, I find myself growing comfortably into a confident, tenacious, resolute woman as I tiptoe through my twenties.

I often sigh that it’s my sister whose face mirrors my mother’s and my grandmother’s, and that I will never feel the way they do when I glance at my reflection. Recently, this problem has begun to solve itself. Every time I open my mouth, my mother’s iron will and quick wit spill right out!

Growing up in a big, Italian family, food has always been central to our lives. Today, my mother and I can often be found right back in her kitchen, elbowing each other as we fight to use the stove. This is my favorite comfort food, and one thing she and I will always agree on.

Macaroni Pie

¾ of a pound of spaghetti

12 large eggs

1 cup diced ham

1 cup diced pepperoni

¼ cup grated parmesan or Romano cheese

1 8 ounce bag of shredded mozzarella cheese

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions. While it’s boiling, beat the dozen eggs in a very large mixing bowl. Next, add in the meats, cheeses, and black pepper. When the spaghetti is cooked, rinse it quickly under cold water before adding it to the egg mixture and stirring to fully combine. Add the mixture to a buttered 9.5 x 11 baking pan, and bake uncovered for 30-45 minutes, until egg is fully set all the way through.

-Anna, Editorial and Marketing Assistant

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Carole’s Summer Hats

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. Carole stuns us with her ability to craft magnificent hats of all varieties, including cloches, floppies, sunhats, visors, bowler hats and more. It seems her ideas are endless! Following her creative combinations of shape, color, and texture, her team of highly skilled, specialized artisans handcraft each hat, uno alla volta. To create each summer sunhat, genuine straw is pressed and shaped onto a heated mold, then bedecked with colorful adornments.

 

On a recent trip to an artisan exposition, some of our merchants had the chance to connect with Carole as she showed off some of her newest creations. We can’t wait for you to see what else she has up her sleeve!

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Our home and accessories buyer Marina with Carole

See all of Carole’s beautiful hats on her artisan page at unoallavolta.com/carole

Celebrating Mother’s Day – Terri

Uno Alla Volta is celebrating Mother’s Day this year with stories and memories from around the office.

Since I started my first entrepreneurial venture, just after becoming a mother myself, my mom has always been by my side helping with the business and childcare. Today, my babies are 25 and 21, and the business has turned 24. Mom can often be found in Uno Alla Volta’s distribution center, picking your orders and preparing your products for shipment.  But that just describes the activities of her hands. She is really here with her heart and soul, letting her presence be felt in the lives of all the wonderful employees that make up a part of Uno Alla Volta’s extended family.

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Artisan Spotlight – Our Interview with Joyita

Anna, our copywriter, and Taylor, our merchandising assistant, got the chance to interview one of our artisans who is a true scarf specialist, Joyita of California, just in time for our Accessories Extravaganza. A self-taught artist, she is inspired by the childhood joy of painting with her grandmother. Today, flowers and leaves flow from her brush onto the silk, pairing glorious colors and patterns with exquisitely touchable texture.

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What has been your greatest artistic achievement, and why?

My greatest artistic achievement was when I saw my products being worn at Hollywood red carpet events. A Canadian actress Barbara Eve Harris wore an ensemble at the “Spiderman” movie premiere.

The legendary Mickey Rooney appeared in front of all of Hollywood at the 2014 Vanity Fair event right after the Oscars wearing a tie that he had chosen from my collection. He was photographed that night with Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, and many others and I was absolutely thrilled to see all the pictures had him wear the grey tie I had presented him at an Oscar gifting suite. That was his last appearance in front of Hollywood cameras.

For me, it was a realization that the highest strata of fashion in the world had appreciated my work and wanted to wear it and display it.

What does the handmade movement mean to you?

Globalization is a good thing, as we trade great minds, ideas among the entire world and mutually benefit each other.

However it should not be in a way that destroys local arts, crafts and ingenuity. I learned fabric painting and apparel art in India and I have read in history how Indian artisans were completely destroyed when the British Empire flooded the market with cheaply manufactured factory goods. It was an industrial revolution. History teaches us a strong lesson. The artisans in India continue to create beautiful work, but are constantly taken advantage by the globalization merchants who prosper from their art, without paying just compensation for their skills. My proposal for the US Handmade movement is that we should encourage all Americans to buy and support locally made products. It is time that the Handmade in America by US artists be exported to other countries.

This is a tremendous treasure of America, and we should support it wholeheartedly.

What do you hope your customers feel when they wear your products?

I hope that the colors I paint on my silk apparel give my customers positive energy and make them feel happy. My customers always tell me how they are always complimented when they wear my hand painted silks, whether at a wedding, cruise, conference, or just leisure. My silks have reached many homes through Uno Alla Volta and I always hope that they brought a smile of confidence to the wearer, and brought that extra spring to their step!

What are some fun facts about you that you think customers would enjoy?

I am painting masterpiece-inspired scarves and ties for the De Young museum collection in San Francisco. It is very interesting to look at the amazing works of Turner and other great artists and create inspirational collections of hand-painted silk scarves, ponchos, and ties.

Last year I forgot to take my scarves out on time and the heat burnt up a small batch of scarves in the steamer. At first I was totally disappointed and then I saw the perfect burnt edges of the scarves. When I started displaying them at shows, buyers started placing orders and now I have a collection of purposely burnt scarves, and it all started with a mistake.

See all of Joyita’s creations on her artisan page.

Accessories Extravaganza Continues -Captivating Cuffs

Our accessories extravaganza continues with these statement cuffs for every occasion. Pair your vibrant scarves with these bold cuffs to make your ensemble come together. A cuff adds sophistication and style to the outfit of your choice, and can turn a classic outfit into a spring-ready look.

Our organic mixed metals diamond cuff come to us from our Georgia artisan, a native of India who draws inspiration from the exotic beauty and richly creative culture of her native country to design each cuff. Growing up amid the exotic natural beauty of Rajasthan, India, our artisan developed a passion for design at an early age. When she moved to the United States, she began handcrafting her own jewelry designs, and today, she and her simple, stunning nature-inspired designs create employment for skilled Indian artisans who bring her designs to life, allowing her to share her good fortune with the community and culture that inspire her. She returns regularly to her home state of Rajasthan, where a third generation family of artisans uses hand-cut and forged brass in order to bring her designs to life. This gorgeous cuff is made uno alla volta, with craft and precision, making it truly a handcrafted treasure.

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For nearly 30 years, Jan Michaels has been traveling the globe, finding artistic inspiration in her worldly experiences. Jan Michaels loves to visit museums and ancient sites to study decorative styles of times past. Her extensive journeys inspire the eclectic designs that she and her team handcraft in her San Francisco workshop, hand- assembling intricate metal stampings with semi-precious stones specially selected from exotic lands. Her creations are wearable pieces of art–timeless fashions and treasures to enjoy now and into the future. The breadth of her experiences is apparent in the unique, nuanced, varied jewelry she creates. Each cuff she handcrafts tells a story. In her San Francisco studio, Jan and her team hand assemble each unique “Skyline Striations” piece using specially chosen materials. This collection is handmade from turquoise magnesite and hand-hammered brass.

Jan Michaels’ “Skyline Striations” Cuff

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To see all of Jan’s creations, visit her artisan page.

To learn more about how she brings her designs to life, you can watch Jan describe the inspiration behind her Comedy-Tragedy Collection here.

In a mix of texture and material, our Tennessee artisan, Karen, pairs bold gemstone accents with sleek metal to create unique statement pieces. Whether you like large statement cuffs or more subtle chic accessories, Karen creates a piece for everyone with her wire-wrapped cuffs.

Karen’s Wire-Wrapped Violet Drusy Cuff

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Karen’s Wire-Wrapped Blue Drusy Cuff

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Karen’s Wire-Wrapped Jade Cuff

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View all of Karen’s captivating cuffs on her artisan page.

Click here to read more of our artisan moments on our blog!

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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Take part in our Accessories Extravaganza here!

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.