Calicanto - calycanthus in English - is a small flower, with an intense scent, that blooms in winter. It is unusual, choosing to open its corolla to the cold air, even snow.
This amazing contradiction, blooming in winter, is the result
of a natural impulse which combines two opposites: frost and flowering.
Calicanto, an essential yet composite gift of nature, is also the name of a brand of leather handbags. Designed and crafted by artisan hands in Italy, their design draws inspiration from the rich history and nature of Venice, the spirit of which is woven through every juncture of Calicanto's history.
Venice, an “impossible city”, suspended miraculously over the lagoon, the most beautiful city in the world, is a miracle of balance and history.
A place where the fluidity of water fuses with the solidity of ancient stone. Yet another amazing contradiction.
Venice is an endless source of inspiration for Calicanto, a muse on which to model its creations. From its palaces, we learned that “building” is an art. It is here that eternity moulds matter. Venice is also a backdrop for everyday life, where majesty becomes practicality. Venice is alive, it is contemporary, and the ever livelier coalescence with the Biennale Art Exhibition only serves to make it sparkle brighter.
With Calicanto, we want to celebrate Italian craftsmanship, the fine leather-working tradition of the Riviera del Brenta, as if it had truly descended from the art of construction. Because its roots are the same as plastic arts, architecture, sculpture and, nowadays, also design.
Calicanto is the artistic and revolutionary new face of Italian craftsmanship, bringing a sleek, up-to-date design to the geometries, architecture, and paintings at the heart and soul of the Serene City.
Behind the scenes.
Architects, sculptors, painters, we must all return to crafts!
For art is not a “profession.” There is no essential difference between the artist and the craftsman.
The artist is an exalted craftsman.
The soul of Calicanto’s creations is structural. Every bag is sculpted by the hands of experts, able to tap into an ancient heritage with an endless supply of creative verve. In every Calicanto creation, time-worn savoir-faire is matched by an equally authentic savoir voir.
Calicanto dedicates “the art of making” to those who possess “the ability to see”.
To see, to know, the unique excellence of the materials and the prestige of its manufacture.