The Importance of Arts et Métiers In The Luxury World ⇒ No future can be completely extraordinary without preserving the best legacies that our ancestors left us. And that corresponds precisely to the arts et métiers that keep enchanting everyone as time goes by. So that brings us to the question: How can craftsmanship level up to a 2.0 degree and connect to the luxury world? The best way to answer this question is to look at the good examples that already conquered the world by combining luxury with handicraft techniques. And one thing is guaranteed when you combine design with craftsmanship: there is no such thing as two pieces exactly the same when you do something by hand. And that’s what makes craftsmanship so special. The following brands, whether in the shoe, watch or furniture and accessories industries truly know how to adapt the contemporaneity of our times to the prestigious ancient arts and crafts, providing pieces with added value and the finest quality possible.
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With a historical past, the brand Ach Brito presents the motto: ‘Preserve the Past, Stimulate the Present, Defy the Future’. The brand has decades of experience and as such their products possess particular characteristics that manage to also combine design and art, upgrading them than just mere soaps. Their products completely stand out, whether it be for the packaging capacities or for their own aromas. In addition, Ach Brito also has a luxury brand exclusively dedicated to perfumery, Claus Porto.
This new brand of footwear was born in Portugal to women that charismatically know what they want. Out of the ordinary, the products of this footwear brand feature a unique design, allied to high quality. It started with Ivone Pereira, who was deeply passionate about shoes, creating a concept behind the brand. All of its areas from logo to products are directly linked to the casino games, making the brand feminine and sensual, which allows them to reinvent themselves and remain original.
Boca do Lobo furniture is an exclusive emotional experience, a sense of belonging and a state of mind. They strive to encourage sensational experiences by creating beautiful pieces which are passionately inspired and handcrafted in Portugal by a staff that loves what they do; experiences which pass on the feeling of exclusivity. Designers possess an undeniable talent for composing pieces which stir emotion in their admirers. Artisan’s wisdom, accumulated from years of experience, is instilled with love and dedication in the art that they perform. No detail or element is overlooked to offer the best at the frontier between design and art.
This unique brand was established by the late Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro, a creator that was distinguished by his humoristic drawings, caricatures and exceptional ceramic designs. Nowadays, the brand still maintains the foundation of its creator. They offer a wide variety of distinctive pieces that are quite allusive to Portuguese motifs. Bordallo Pinheiro adds contemporaneity to its traditional techniques of manufacturing, reinventing its production process when it comes to aesthetic and technical matters.
The renowned Swiss brand is best recognised for its incredible handcrafted watches. Since 1822, Bovet has, in its creations, artfully combined the most exquisite mechanisms with the absolute finest craftsmanship techniques. Bovet 1822 can truly transform a simple watch into a complete masterpiece due to their expertise in a wide variety of areas, including chronometry, dial craftsmanship, gem-setting, miniature painting, engraving, decorating and creating the best Amadeo convertible cases.
Founded in 1999, the highly respected and prestigious Portuguese brand, Castelbel manufactures high-quality bath, body and home scented products. They carefully handcraft each product using traditional methods, making sure to combine a stylish design with a wide variety of exclusive fragrances.
Corkdesign is distinguished by being the first brand in Portugal that works cork for several items. With exclusive prints, this is a brand for lovers of something different. They specialise in creating cork cloth and prints on wallets, suitcases, clothes, footwear, accessories, among others. Corkdesign has several lines adapted to any occasion and style. It also has cork wallpaper, an ecological material traditional in Portugal that gathers the interest of people more and more all around the world.
“We believe that a handmade product has unparalleled magic.” is one of the mottos of this brand. This well-known Portuguese brand excels with originality, through the creation of high-quality handmade products. It all begins with a group of women with a dream, taking the dream to all women, then, Josefinas were born. In this footwear brand, feminine colours, flowery drawings and ballet shoes are distinguished, all of which are enhanced by a touch of unique design and craftsmanship.
Launched in 1999, Luis Onofre is all about producing handmade luxury shoes and accessories of extremely high quality, made from the finest materials, innovation and technology. Heritage and luxury world are often associated with the brand’s work. Their ability to pay attention to the minor detail in their handmade production has already allowed them to conquer the world. It’s a brand that perfectly reinstates the fact that one of the best shoe industries in the world is the Portuguese. The brand offers an unparalleled experience of beauty and comfort.
With metal items, lightning furniture, wood and finishes, and upholstery, Preggo is one of the best premier supply chain, with an expert production solution to all types of markets. This brand provides the production of various proposes of design. Above all, their craftsmen and designers give great importance to the value of craftsmanship and handcrafted furniture, always taking into consideration the client’s needs and desires.
Luxury world, design and perfection are what best defines this astonishing Italian brand that, since 1975, has been providing the most luxurious handmade Made in Italy shoes. Tradition and innovation are the pillars of Santoni’s creations while also pursuing the vision of refining the cultural heritage of craftsmanship and Italian excellence.
Located in Ílhavo, Aveiro, north of Portugal, Vista Alegre is one of the largest groups in Portugal, specialised in porcelain, ceramic and crystals. The brand gives privilege to the traditions, producing about ten million pieces per year in decorative items and domestic porcelain. Vista Alegre currently produces tableware, decorative, giftware and hotelware, high-quality glass and crystal, and 18/10 stainless steel cutlery. Vista Alegre tries to preserve the tradition and history of Portugal in its pieces, every year, they invite prominent industry professionals who design and make collections for the brand, giving a contemporary touch to the tradition of Vista Alegre.
Founded in 2009 in Florence, WeWOOD is known to masterfully reflect the cultural and artistic heritage of this beautiful city. Through Italian excellence, the brand is able to design exceptional watches with greater attention and care for environmental issues. In order to achieve such a feat, WeWOOD only uses recycled wood from all over the world, without using toxic elements or chemicals. As a whole, their line of wooden watches blends perfectly luxury, style, art and environmental responsibility.
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