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THE ARTISAN

Ethical Elegance by
Paola Tacconi

Umbria, Italy | Designer

For over two decades, Paola has seen fashion in a different way, seeking to strike the perfect balance between beauty and sustainability. And her eco-boutique, nestled in one of Italy’s most stunning hill towns, has blossomed into a must-visit for the stylish, environmentally-conscious woman.

“For me, the act of creating doesn’t require the destruction of something else.”
– Paola Tacconi

All of your designs are made exclusively from organic fibers. Why is this a priority for you?

Two reasons. The first is quality: organic fibers simply feel better and are more durable. Second, it’s really just me bringing my personal ethics regarding nature and the environment to my work. For me, the act of creating doesn’t require the destruction of something else. So, it’s critical for me that the materials we use are sustainable, ethically cultivated, and not treated with chemicals or harsh dyes. That’s why I hand-source our materials here in Italy. I just couldn’t do it any other way.

What is your creative process and how do you bring your ideas to life?

I think my ideas come from always having my eyes, mind, and heart open. Inspiration is all around, you just have to be willing to see it. Once I have an idea, I tend to develop a model in my head, usually in the quiet hours of the evening. Then, I work with my seamstress and weaver to test the design and experiment with materials and colors. This can take weeks, even months, but, as an artisan, having the opportunity to collaborate with two master craftswomen is tremendously rewarding.

You started selling your macramé creations in Spello in 1996, not long before a devastating earthquake struck Umbria and Le Marche the following year. How did that affect you and your work?

Looking back, there were some difficult times. We couldn’t live in our home for several years because of the damage and, as someone who had just opened a tiny shop, we got very few visitors because people were afraid to visit Umbria. Those who did come, however, really took to my designs and that helped confirm that I was onto something, that I should keep going. A few years later, visitors began coming back to the area and I was able to devote all of my time to design.

Your work has a wide array of influences. Could you share some of them with us?

In a classic sense, studying and appreciating landscapes and the human form have been critical. Nature really is the best teacher of contours and proportion. In terms of style, 50s fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Onassis are a major influence. Their look, particularly the clean lines and precise tailoring, is just so refined, so timeless.

These days, travel is a major source of inspiration. Whether I’m in Italy or abroad, my trips always seem to involve seeking out local artisans who share the same creative spirit but come from a different tradition, using different techniques and materials. For example, in southern India I met some local craftspeople who produced coir rope from the fibers of coconut husks. All done by hand, it was particularly special for me given that macramé was one of the first techniques I learned. And on a recent trip to Africa I was struck not just by the intensely vivid colors, but the way the artisans there used them without constraint. It opened my eyes to a range of new pairings and possibilities.

THE ARTISAN

Ethical Elegance by
Paola Tacconi

Umbria, Italy | Designer

For over two decades, Paola has seen fashion in a different way, seeking to strike the perfect balance between beauty and sustainability. And her eco-boutique, nestled in one of Italy’s most stunning hill towns, has blossomed into a must-visit for the stylish, environmentally-conscious woman.

“For me, the act of creating doesn’t require the destruction of something else.”
– Paola Tacconi

What is your creative process and how do you bring your ideas to life?

I think my ideas come from always having my eyes, mind, and heart open. Inspiration is all around, you just have to be willing to see it. Once I have an idea, I tend to develop a model in my head, usually in the quiet hours of the evening. Then, I work with my seamstress and weaver to test the design and experiment with materials and colors. This can take weeks, even months, but, as an artisan, having the opportunity to collaborate with two master craftswomen is tremendously rewarding.

All of your designs are made exclusively from organic fibers. Why is this a priority for you?

Two reasons. The first is quality: organic fibers simply feel better and are more durable. Second, it’s really just me bringing my personal ethics regarding nature and the environment to my work. For me, the act of creating doesn’t require the destruction of something else. So, it’s critical for me that the materials we use are sustainable, ethically cultivated, and not treated with chemicals or harsh dyes. That’s why I hand-source our materials here in Italy. I just couldn’t do it any other way.

You started selling your macramé creations in Spello in 1996, not long before a devastating earthquake struck Umbria and Le Marche the following year. How did that affect you and your work?

Looking back, there were some difficult times. We couldn’t live in our home for several years because of the damage and, as someone who had just opened a tiny shop, we got very few visitors because people were afraid to visit Umbria. Those who did come, however, really took to my designs and that helped confirm that I was onto something, that I should keep going. A few years later, visitors began coming back to the area and I was able to devote all of my time to design.

Your work has a wide array of influences. Could you share some of them with us?

In a classic sense, studying and appreciating landscapes and the human form have been critical. Nature really is the best teacher of contours and proportion. In terms of style, 50s fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Onassis are a major influence. Their look, particularly the clean lines and precise tailoring, is just so refined, so timeless.

These days, travel is a major source of inspiration. Whether I’m in Italy or abroad, my trips always seem to involve seeking out local artisans who share the same creative spirit but come from a different tradition, using different techniques and materials. For example, in southern India I met some local craftspeople who produced coir rope from the fibers of coconut husks. All done by hand, it was particularly special for me given that macramé was one of the first techniques I learned. And on a recent trip to Africa I was struck not just by the intensely vivid colors, but the way the artisans there used them without constraint. It opened my eyes to a range of new pairings and possibilities.

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Imagination is the Limit.

Unique design? Different color? Personalization? Our relationship with our artisans means anything is possible.

Questions? Let’s Talk.

[email protected]
Launch Chat
We are here to help you 24/7/365

Stress-Free Shopping.

Stress-free shopping is our priority. Free shipping on all items to over 60 countries and 15 day no-hassle returns.

© 2018 Quattro Momenti. All Rights Reserved

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