The water crisis in California, VW’s diesel emissions scandal, pipeline spills, smog warnings, carbon taxes and global warming. Some days, it feels like being hit over the head with negative environmental messages. Stop to think about any one of those issues and it’s overwhelming. What can one human can do to facilitate change given the magnitude of the problems?
You can help!
Take small steps to reduce your personal environmental footprint through thoughtful designer shopping. As an e-retailer, we would be crazy to tell you not to shop. Here is why we think you should buy from an artisan designer:
- Support the arts. Whether they are creating a new art form or reviving an old traditional craft, these creators are following their passions.
- Buy local. Purchasing from an artisan means you are supporting the local community.
- Quality materials. An artisan selects the best materials to create their products. If not, why would they make the effort in the first place?
- Make a Personal connection. Gain an understanding of the person behind the product (not an assembly line at a factory).
- Look for one-of-a-kind. Why? Because you know that it sucks to show up at a party wearing the same outfit as your hostess.
- Go green. Happy knowing that you are making your contribution towards reducing the impact of those global environmental issues.
Check out our artisan creators here, and their products here.
Cashmere is now being handcrafted into luxury sweaters in a country built on the fur trapping, down-filled coats and Kodiak boots! Artigiani Milanesi established its bespoke Italian cashmere tailoring on Bowen Island in 2014.
Rosa Palmira Feroldi (Rosetta) was only two-years-old when she and her five sisters, orphans of WWII, were taken in by the nuns at the convent in Cremona, Italy. The nuns would knit clothing for the children, and young Rosetta insisted they teach her how to use the knitting machines. At 21 years old, she left the convent and headed for the industrial fashion-centric city of Milan. Rosetta established her cashmere weaving business in 1959 catering to local clients from Milan and international fashion brands.
Davide Bizzarri, Rosetta’s son, apprenticed with his mother to gain an understanding of their business – he officially took over Artigiani Milanesi in 1995. Davide shares his mother’s enthusiasm, ruthless attention to detail and quality, and her design flair.
Milan’s frenetic pace prompted the Bizzarri family (Rosetta, Davide and his wife Rebecca) to relocate to Bowen Island. Artigiani Milanesi Milan was packed into two 40-foot-long shipping containers and shipped to a 1,600 sqft boutique and workshop on Canada’s West Coast.
Artigiani Milanesi are true artisans. You can find a selection of their essential cashmere pieces – scarves, ponchos and sweaters for sale here on Atelier.