On the 2nd Day of Christmas, my true love gave me the gift of everyday exotica from Chiarastella Cattana, an Italian fabric designer based in Venice whose work weaves traditional craftsmanship with contemporary colours and patterns. After working in the fast paced industry of the ready-to-wear fashion industry in Milan, Chiarastella decided she wanted to work with textiles in a slower way, using traditional methods of production to inform her designs. My visit last year to her Venetian studio cum shop — located in a former 17th century “scuola“ — revealed an enticing old world of luxury combined with a refreshing modern day practicality. And with the launch of her online shop last month, her signature designs can now come to you.
This year we have re-found the joy of giving by giving simply. Read our take on Full Circle Giving.