How did you learn your craft?
My great-great-grandfather Bernardo started making umbrellas in 1890, but it was only in the 30s that my grandfather opened his own workshop. In the 60s the workshop became a company able to deliver a 1,000 products per day, now we are back to the bottega size, and philosophy.
How did your craft evolve over time?
Today, the market is dominated by low-quality, cheap products but I educate my clients to a different approach: a well made umbrella can last a very long time and can be easily repaired. It’s a matter of ethics and sustainability as well.
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How long can a handmade umbrella last?
In terms of performance, an handmade umbrella is unrivaled. All my creations are numbered, I have a complete archive of all the umbrellas I created, and with a lifelong warranty on some details. I still welcome clients who come here to repair umbrellas handcrafted by my grandfather!
How far can the personalisation go?
I put my competence at the service of my clients. They ask, then it’s my job to say if the idea is viable and to make it real. I can personalise shapes, sizes, materials, styles, decorations. I make umbrellas for left-handed or with haiku verses embroidered on the wedges.