Artisans

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Our artisans were previously accessible only through high-end labels. Partnering with us offers a more sustainable business model so that they can focus on what they do best: putting their whole heart into every piece.

The Spernanzoni Family

Morrovalle, Marche, Italy | Shoes
It was 1965 when Vittorio Spernanzoni first set up a tiny workshop under his name in his hometown of Morrovalle, a place already well-known for its leather and footwear. Having been working as a shoemaker since the end of World War II, it wasn't long before Vittorio's expertise attracted clients outside of his local community. By 1975 he was regularly exporting his collection of shoes and boots throughout Europe, and ten years later he moved into an even bigger workshop so he could continue designing and making his ready-to-wear line by hand. Today, Vittorio runs the business alongside his three sons, Lorella, Enrico and Roby. Though the shop has grown, the commitment to quality and highly-skilled craftsmanship has not. In 2015, to celebrate its 50 years of business, the Spernanzoni family opened a school for young people who want to lean the art of making handmade shoes to pass on his skill to the next generation of artisans.
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Mara & Ronny Marziali

Fermo, Le Marche, Italy | Knitwear
At the age of 12, Maria Pia Tomassini was too short to reach the small hand-operated sewing machine, and stood on top of a fruit crate to learn and hone her craft. As her craft blossomed into a skill unmatched by her peers, Tomassini’s husband, Piero, believed in her abilities and vision so strongly, that together they opened a small business in 1974, and never looked back.
With the torch now passed to the next generation, the company is run by Tomassini’s daughter, Mara. The business has carefully grown from its humble roots to become one of the most highly respected names in Italian knitwear manufacturing. The company represents the apex of old world technique combined with advanced knitting technology and carries the pride and care of generations focused on producing the best knit possible.
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Veronica Marucci

Paris, France | Hats
Veronica was born and raised in the Marche region of italy, where the origins of careful craftsmanship are ingrained in its long-standing tradition of Italian luxury manufacturing.
While she was always drawn to fashion, Veronica’s truly life-changing moment came when she built up the courage to seek out and ring the doorbell of an icon in the millinery industry, with the goal of learning from the best.
Veronica now runs her own atelier, her innate creativity piqued by everything from swallows in flight to actresses of the 1930s silver screen. Today, she creates custom hats for elegant and bold women all over the world. She personally creates each hat by hand, and the entrepreneurial spirit and passion for her life’s work is infused in every stitch and fold.
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"My favorite moments are when people stop by to tell me that my shop transports them to a different world."
Veronica Marucci

MA.AL.BI 1947

Biella, Italy | Scarves
When the economic crisis hit Italy in 2008, more than 50% of the textile industry in Biella, “The City of Wool,” folded. As mills closed one after another, the Sasso family united forces behind their family-run business, determined to weather the storm. Rather than skimping on quality to cut costs, they remained focused on producing top-of-the-line scarves and stoles as they had for decades.
Today MA.AL.BI is a reference point in the fashion industry and the maker behind many of the world’s top private labels. Utilizing only the finest yarns spun from the highest quality cashmere, wool, silk, linen and cotton, their collection of scarves and wraps comes in literally hundreds of colors and unique blends. “We start with the yarn and end with packaging and delivery of the final product,” notes Vittorio, a third-generation family member. “Every phase of production happens right here in Biella.”
MILANER's bespoke scarves are so luxuriously soft you’ll immediately feel the difference, and by supporting genuine Italian-made products, you’ll be making one too.
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Alessandro Dagioni

Perugia, Italy | Leather Jackets
Raised by a stylist for Italy’s top fashion houses, Alessandro Dagioni spent his childhood amidst billows of fabric, spindles of thread, long-legged models and yards of measuring tape, plus the occasional gelato with icons like Krizia and Trussardi. By the time he could draw he was already designing his own clothes, sketches his mom dutifully fine-tuned and turned into outfits he could wear.
First for fun, then for hobby, and today a full-time career, Alessandro’s passion for haute couture skyrocketed during his years of classical studies where he found inspiration for his designs in Greek mythology and ancient Rome. Linearity and symmetrical shapes, like the straight lines of a pillar or edge of a shield, characterize his custom leather jackets, aptly named for three Etruscan gods: Menerva, Uni and Tinia (hence, MUT). Even his Perugia-based production has been limited to an area the size of Etruria, land of the ancient Etruschi, in order to guarantee traceability and the authenticity of his 100% Made in Italy label.
Now approaching its 8th Collection, MUT brand jackets meld an ode to the past with Alessandro’s keen eye on contemporary fashion, and the result is nothing short of timeless.
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Le Panier Team

Acireale, Sicily | Handbags
The Le Panier Team is not made up your average Italian artisans. The founders believe in shaping the beauty of each product by hand and communicating the positive energy of their serene and uplifting environment through each handbag. Their company is full of modern artisans who infuse youthful energy, harmony, and skill to each product made especially for you. And their dedication to fine craftsmanship has paid off. In just three years, their demonstration of fine mastery in leather work has gained the attention of distinguished luxury brands throughout Italy. Le Panier now produces leather handbags and accessories directly for these Italian designers, and we’re happy they’ve found another home producing one-of-a-kind accessories specifically for the MILANER woman.
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"You start by designing, cutting the leather parts and assembling them, and it’s so satisfying when you start seeing something take shape."
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Luca Rubini

Città di Castello, Italy | Jewelry
With more than 30 years of expertise in gemology, you could say that Luca Rubini has literally left no stone unturned. Indeed, his global quest for unusual gems is like following tracks across a treasure map with “X marks the spot” inscribed on virtually every continent. From the precious to the semi-precious, his passion for gemstones of particular color, cut and form has taken him to the remotest corners of the Earth, and make his line of jewelry truly one-of-a-kind. Try to define his style, and you’ll be rendered mute, for each piece is as unique as a woman herself, and that’s exactly the way Luca likes it.
A master goldsmith, Luca left high school for trade school at the age of 14, and quickly caught the attention of his professors for the complexity of his work and dexterity of the hand. No small feat for someone who never put pencil to paper. “I’ve never sketched a design,” he confesses. “I can’t even draw. All of my designs are in my head.” Combine Luca’s vivid imagination with the rarity of his gemstone collection, and it’s easy to see how Luca's business has grown by word-of-mouth from a one-man gig in his garage in Città di Castello, Umbria, into a bustling workshop and runway sensation.
Now we’re bringing him to you, with exclusive pieces designed especially for the women of MILANER.
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GianRos

Casette D'Ete, Italy | Moccasins
If you’ve ever owned a pair of handmade Italian shoes, chances are they came from Le Marche. Famous for its footwear, the region boasts some of the world’s best artisan shoemakers who, like the Mecozzi family, have brought their trade into the 21st century thanks to a never-ending pursuit of innovation, unwavering dedication to quality and a whole lot of stick-to-itiveness.
Almost fifty years ago, Mariella and Domenico founded their company and raised their two children Gianluca and Rosita. The siblings grew up in the workshop under their house with pieces of leather, scissors and, of course, shoes for toys, so it only seems natural that today they run the family business, aptly named GianRos. Gianluca curates product and sales while Rosita takes care of operations, and while the company has grown to a staff of 15 and moved out of the house to a larger facility in Fermo, their close-knit mentality hasn’t changed, nor has their focus on quality.
Premium leather and finishing touches like hand-stitching make a difference you can feel as soon as you slip on one of their shoes. And if that model is a moccasin, the family’s first love and perpetual bestseller, you can bet its sole (and their soul) will put an added spring in your step.
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Il Borgo Team

Borgo San Lorenzo, Italy | Knitwear
Four generations of family have dedicated their livelihood to growing the Il Borgo Team into what it is today: the finest cashmere knitwear producer in all of Italy. Opened after World War II by great-grandmother Albertina, it began as a small shop specializing in gloves, hats and scarves in the Mugello region of Tuscany, and now produces an extensive range of knitwear for the world’s top luxury brands.
In 2008 Il Borgo opened its first storefront in Florence and the family refocused part of their energy on growing their own brand. This change in strategy has brought a new level of autonomy to the knitwear company and its 80 employees, more than half of whom work from home meticulously hand-stitching pieces one by one, which are later assembled on-site. “By bringing value to our own brand we assure the continuity of our team,” Elia notes, “and they are our strength.” The family’s investment in people and craftsmanship doesn’t stop there. In 2011 they initiated a training program designed to teach aspiring artisans the skills and techniques behind their trade with an eye on preserving the excellence of “Made in Italy” for other generations to come.
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"When we knit a sweater we're not just erecting a wall. We're building a cathedral."
Franco Fredducci

Francesco & Elena Filomeni

Sant’Elpidio a Mare, Marche | Handbags & Jewelry
Try to find the Filomeni family's woven bags at your local department store and you’ll come up empty-handed, but that’s exactly the lure of this little known brand. Handwoven leather purses, shoes and even furniture have been coming out of this family business in Italy's Le Marche region since 1982, when part-owner Francesco Filomeni’s parents first founded the company.
Today, the handbags and bracelets created by Francesco and his siblings, Sabrina and Massimiliano, are marketed primarily by word-of-mouth. Meticulously hand woven from 150-200 meters of leather string, each satchel has a one-of-a-kind beauty that (literally) stops people on the street. It's a testament to the skill, patience and quality with which they are made, carving out a special niche in this Italian family’s business.
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Desirèe Lupi

Morrovalle, Marche, Italy | Handbags
Raised in the hustle and bustle of her parents’ leather workshop in Italy’s Marche region, Desirèe’s earliest memories span naps in the textile bins as a toddler, to doing her homework seated next to craftsmen cutting, dyeing, stitching and assembling handbags. Learning the trade came naturally, so did the decision to join the family business straight out of high school.
Previously focusing on private label production, Desirèe has recently taken the company from behind-the-scenes into the spotlight with the launch of her own brand, Desirèe Lupi. Made to guarantee both quality and the smallest carbon footprint, Desirèe's life-long passion and authenticity are exactly what make her bags so extraordinary.
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Calzaturificio Civitanovese

Civitanova Marche, Italy | Shoes
Alberto and Valerio, an uncle and nephew duo, founded Calzaturificio Civitanovese in 2013 with the goal to redefine the rules of exclusivity. Working in the luxury shoe manufacturing space since he was a teenager, Valerio wanted to combine the craftsmanship skills he had perfected through his years of experience with premium materials and modern manufacturing technologies. The result is Calzaturificio Civitanovese, expertly-crafted sneakers perfected for your unique feet. Powered by a select team of artisans using the best Italian suede and leather, Calzaturificio Civitanovese shoes feel light, durable, and are completely customizable to ensure a one-of-a-kind pair.
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Rossano Pergolesi

Monte San Giusto, Italy | Handbags
Passion strikes in a variety of ways. For former cafe-owner Rossano Pergolesi, it struck by spending time at a friend's handbag workshop. This is where he realized what he really wanted to do: design. In 1990 he started Pergolesi by Tosca with his wife, Franca, in his hometown of Monte San Giusto, Italy. Together, they manufacture minimalistic handbags using techniques that highlight the premium quality of the leathers that they work with.
Rossano, a long-time appreciator of the arts (Tosca is a nod to his family's musical roots and one of his favorite operas) prides himself on maintaining a commitment to "Made in Italy" craftsmanship. His workshop is like a trattoria, a place where you can order exactly what you want, resting assured of getting the very best in locally-sourced materials.
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Sapaf 54

Scandicci, Italy | Handbags
In English, the initials S.A.P.A.F. translate to "The Artisanal Society of Artistic Leather Manufacturing". This society was born in a garage in 1954 in post-war Florence by Silvano Calistri and his wife Valdivia, just as the artisan movement in Florence was flourishing. With interested buyers from all around the world, Silvano and Valdivia made their first export to Puerto Rico. From there, Sapaf 54 had acquired customers around the world, supplying customers like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales.
In 1997, Sapaf and 15 other companies created a consortium of 100% Italian made luxury companies to support local manufacturing. There, the most experienced team members work alongside the young apprentices to train and inspire them, creating a dynamic and energizing work environment where traditions are passed onto the youth.
The Calistri's son Andrea was just awarded the Prestigious title of Master Artisan. Today, he and his wife of 43 years, Silvana, run the company with their children, contributing all they have to their growing company.
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MILANI Milano

Como, Italy | Silk Scarves
The traditional breeding of silkworms in our area began in the early years of the last century. The production has since then flourished into numerous textile companies for the production of silk and cotton fabrics.
In the beginning of her career, Laura Milani began with her first handmade collection in a small workshop. Within the last 60 years, her passion for tradition and a taste for modernity has flourished into a successful business which bases its research on the fabric’s quality and the continuous investigation of customer preferences. These qualities have made Milani Milano a well-known export brand known for its uniqueness all over the world. The attention to the smallest detail, with the combination classic and and stylish weaves, make an exclusive product that completely represent our understanding of "Made in Italy".
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Bluestars

Sassuolo, Italy | Scarves & Shawls
Blustars was born of a friendship in 2000 between Alfonso and Francesca on a trip across Turkey surrounded with perfumes and colors. While discovering this incredible country, its diverse mix of people, and various techniques and ideas between east and west, the two friends were inspired to create a unique collection of scarves and shawls.
By combining Alfonso’s creativity with Francesca’s pragmatism, Bluestars was born and immediately found success in Italy first and then in the rest of Europe, especially in Germany. Today the team of 20 master artisans is growing in the Emilia Romagna region of central Italy, and Alfonso’s son, Alessandro, is continuously innovating and evolving this inspiring company.
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Fabrizio Verniani

Scandicci, Italy | Handbags
Fabrizio Verniani began working at the age of 14 in his uncle's bottega on the Ponte Vecchio. Growing up around goldsmith shops, which at that time were full of artisans, he stopped to see their art and learn their trade. Fabrizio learned the ancient art of chiseling and molding gold, and over the years, he transferred this treasured technique it to the production of the shells of clutches, specializing in rigid bags.
Taking advantage of his experience in 1970, together with his friend Giulio Benvenuti, Fabrizio Verniani founded their company, which immediately centered around the production of luxury evening bags. In 1971, they designed and manufactured fruit-shaped small bags, entirely chiseled by hand, which immediately became a success. In 1973 the company became Verniani Fabrizio, and American department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus began buying up their luxury evening bags. In 1991, the company began collaborating with international brands such as Chanel and Dior, that chose to make use of completely Italian products.
Alongside Fabrizio Verniani's experience, his son Andrea Verniani's passion and work has been added for the past 30 years. This father and son team manages and administers the family business, focusing on sample collections. After more than 45 years of activity, Fabrizio Verniani has decided to recreate his own collection in collaboration exclusively for the women of MILANER
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Roberto Pancani

Florence, Italy | Woven Handbags
After working for 20 years in the family business, specializing in the production of straw bags, the Pancani brothers decided to realize their own business idea. Relying on their experiences and their aptitudes, in 2006, they opened Roberto Pancani in Florence, in the world's production center of high-end fashion handbags. Their skills and experience lead them to deal with two specific areas within the company: Fabrizio is in charge of creative, design and research of innovative materials to bring in the production process;
Roberto takes care of the management and administration, and of the relationship with customers.
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