The rebirth of contemporary handicraft

AN ADVENTURE TO DISCOVER JEWELLERY, FURNITURE AND A VARIETY OF COLLECTOR’S ITEMS THROUGH THE FASCINATING ALLEYWAYS OF MONTI AWAITS YOU. A MIX OF OLD AND NEW, ANTIQUE AND MORE MODERN PIECES BLENDING TOGETHER INTO WHAT CHARACTERISES ROME’S “MELTING POT”.


Monti is the oldest quarter in Rome and bears this name because once it used to comprise the Esquiline, Viminal, part of the Quirinal and the Caelian hills. It is the oldest district in Rome preserving Roman, medieval, Renaissance and Baroque testimonies, a succession of styles covering 2500 years of history. The life of Monti is that of the artisans who over the years have never ceased to populate the quarter. In the suggestive atmosphere which the district still retains, just a few steps away from the Colosseum, there are innumerable workshops, independent boutiques, art galleries, home galleries, restaurants and historical sites to visit. Handicraft in the Monti quarter has its strength in dress-making, but there are also the workshops of artisans selling hand-made accessories. Fashion, vintage, furniture and modern antiques sharing a common idea: differentiating themselves by going back to craftwork, the culture of quality and friendly relations with customers. The itinerary comprises young artisans and artists who have found their ideal dimension in the Monti quarter to create and experiment, evidencing that Italian handicraft talent is not limited to famous brands.

 

(Rione Monti) 

 
 

Protagonists

Le Gallinelle

Wilma Silvestri is the founder of “Le Gallinelle”, a passionate seeker of vintage clothing in markets throughout the world, who learned to sew as a girl, producing her own clothes by recycling old dresses of the ’40’s. In addition to her own line “Le Gallinelle”, she has presented the “EXPRESS CLOTHING” project, i.e. over 20 models that can be made to measure using the fabric chosen by the customer in a short time.

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Argentia

Each jewel is the product of the development of an exclusive design. Unique pieces, ancient-style (Etruscan, Egyptian or Roman) or absolutely contemporary jewels can be custom-made. Unique creations that can be used in cinema, theatre and special events.

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Co.Ro.

The Co.Ro. jewels are a harmonious blend of rationalism and classical tradition. They inspire metaphysical impressions through the world of geometry and the study of new dimensional relations. The designers, Costanza De Cecco e Giulia Giannini, are two architects. The method use to create each jewel starts from research focusing on space and produces volumes and shapes that recall the structural geometry of worlds closed in minimal dimensions. The jewels are often inspired by architectures, buildings tied to the collective imagination and archetypes of the most disparate ages and of varying nature. From Mediterranean houses to temples and industrial works, re-elaborated with a touch of irony through a game of leaps in scale and function, from spaces for living to architecture for dressing.

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NeóShop

NeóShop is a new design shop specialising in bags and jewels made of Neoprene. Neoshop is actually a neoprene art gallery in the heart of Rome.

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Lo Scrigno di Valentina

A business run entirely by women, established in 1990 in Tivoli near the spectacular Villa D’Este and then expanded with the shop in Monti. The objects, materials and colours displayed in the shop window reveal a great deal about the products. The handcrafted jewels are made with pearls, hand-threaded coral, natural stones, precious and semi-precious metals, such as silver and bronze. Valentina deals personally with the creation of hard-stone necklaces. Over the years, she has fine-tuned her engraving and lost wax casting techniques, specialising in the crafting of cameos using a long-standing technique well-established throughout the world to create classical portraits, as well as original and irreverent subjects.

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