WAY OF LIFE
The Florentine’s Guide to Valentine’s Day Gifts
February 3, 2022 – 10:09 am
Give the gift of something Florentine for Valentine’s Day. here is The Florentineis the choice of crop for the The Tuscany lovers in your life. Many ship internationally and have English-friendly online stores.
For your wrist
This bracelet wrapped in Dahlia cowhide leather from the small Florentine artisan leather company Re Artu (98 euro, www.reartufirenze.it) is decorated with a dashing perforation with touches of geranium-colored leather underneath. The metal core and leather lining make it comfortable on any wrist and the distinctive curvy shape lends a contemporary yet timeless elegance. Completely handmade according to the best Florentine artisan tradition, Re Artù also manufactures leather garments for Roberto Cavalli, Paul & Shark and Dior.
Architectural embroiderer Alanah Edwards of Caryatid Embroidery partners with a sustainable clothing brand Undici Florence for a line of shirts with collars sewn with Florentine details (170 euros, www.undiciflorence.com). Careful reproductions of the facades of Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce and Santa Maria del Fiore have been embroidered tonal on white, burgundy and blue blouses for a unique Florentine look.
paper marbling artist Ricardo Lucia (https://riccardo-luci-art-of-marbling.myshopify.com) lets you embrace your creative side this Valentine’s Day and beyond with workshops in its space in via del Parione. The maestro explains the natural pigments and techniques used to craft Florentine paper over the centuries before guiding you through creating your own design to take home. Add a special treat for the occasion, like a hand-stitched leather notebook (55 euros) as a souvenir of your artistic day together. Newly opened Gallery Linfa Studio (borgo Allegri 60R / www.linfastudiogallery.com) sees jeweler and founder Valentina Caprini lead introductory courses in metalwork and filigree in private or in groups. Turn your idea into wearable art with a Valentine’s Day wish to add sparks to your creative relationship in the months to come.
This vetiver-based fragrance from the Perfume Design Workshop Perfumeeid (180 euro, www.parfumeide.it) in piazza Savonarola rises this winter and spring. Carnalis blends top notes of cassis, grapefruit and fig leaf with a core of green mandarin, juniper, vetiver, rose and incense over base notes of cedar wood from Lebanon and musk for a predominantly male product. Otherwise, contact the perfumers for a perfume specially designed for the person you love.
This wine window necklace is made to order by the Florentine goldsmith Francesco Pestellini (via Guicciardini 16 / +39 328 8984541 / [email protected]). Taking three weeks to make (your loved one will have to make do with a glass of wine ideally served through a wine stick meanwhile), the pendant is fashioned in 925 silver, while the door, the fleur-de-lis and the chain are in 18 carat gold. The design is not based on an old wine window, but on that of the Palazzo Antinori through which the noble family used to distribute their wine. Francesco also makes Florentine rings and Duomo earrings for the committed Renaissance connoisseur.
There’s nothing like a black-and-white engraving of a beloved monument to say “I love you,” and that’s exactly what Laurent Concas‘ encapsulated drawings (from 75 euro, www.lorenzoconcas.com). Whether it’s a view of the Duomo, San Miniato al Monte or Giotto’s bell tower, the Sardinian-born artist and photographer brings light, passion and perspective to the walls of your home, wherever you are. the world.
Dutch artist based in the Santa Croce district Jacqueline Harberinklong-necked black moon vase (99 euros, www.jhaporcelain.com) brings a stylish and minimalist touch to your Valentine’s Day flowers. Crafted in Mont Blanc porcelain, the the outside is decorated by hand with a self-designed embossed surface using the shellac technique while the inside is glazed, making the vase dishwasher and microwave safe.