Unique artisans in Venice

Venetian mask
Venetian mask
Artisanal ‘botteghe’, tiny jewel-like boutiques and vintage shops, Venice offers an array of unique locations where you can indulge in an authentic shopping experience and purchase objet d’art, fabrics and accessories that you'll be hard put to find elsewhere. While strolling through its ‘calli’, you will discover how the tradition cultivated by the latter endows this city with its characteristic vibrancy...

La Bottega dei Mascareri. The workshop of the Boldrin brothers specializes in the crafting of a variety of papier-mache Venetian masks, including jesters, elves and characters from the ‘Commedia dell’Arte’ for a trip back into 18th century Venice. The Mascareri have also worked for the theatre, the cinemas and fashion shows, and are considered among several of the most established manufacturers of collector’s items. They were the first mask makers to embellish their masks with decorations by Tiepolo.

Eredi Jovon. A celebrated Venetian jeweller since 1934, and the owner of one of the few remaining historical shops on the Rialto bridge, Eredi Jovon is famous for its hand-carved Italian shell and blue agate cameos, set in silver or gold and available at factory prices or on special offer. The shop is also renowned for its beautiful coral, Murano glass and blackamoor jewellery. High quality, superior craftsmanship and its wide assortment of cameos and customized coral jewellery allow Eredi Jovon to satisfy the individual tastes of even the most discerning customers. On request, Eredi Jovon creates customized portrait cameos based on photos or digital files. Thanks to an efficient e-commerce service, all creations can be ordered online and shipped worldwide.

Piedàterre. Tucked away under an arcade just steps from the Rialto bridge is a tiny boutique with an astonishing selection of handmade slippers, where Alessandra and Renato make and sell colourful ‘furlane’ (slippers), handcrafted with recycled bicycle-tyre treads, ideal for finding your footing on a gondola they are worn by the gondoliers. Their creations are available in coloured velvet, brocade, printed fabrics or recycled shirting, provided by their customers. Highly original and absolutely unmissable!

Attombri. The Venetian, ethnic and Art Nouveau ascendants are enhanced by raw materials with copper, silver and ancient Murano glass, creating handmade jewellery of absolutely contemporary flavour, so much so that they are also chosen by internationally renowned designers.

Paper Owl. Here you can find original and refined paper jewellery made from different types of paper and giving a new life to this material and with a unique design: Paper Own’s creations are displayed in the windows of the most important hotels in Venice. Even if you love boxes, drop by here.