I met Stefano Conticelli by chance. I was wandering through the large corridors of the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, last April, when I came across his masterpiece: a luxury Vespa covered with real leather or -let’s say- a Vespa with a luxury outfit on. Cool, isn’t it?
Stefano, who has already been noticed by Mr. Loro Piana and Pomellato, makes his artworks according to old manufacturing techniques. He uses a vast array of materials, from the most modern and advanced to the more traditional ones: cashmere, moleskine, carded flannel, pure wool felt, suede and leather of the highest quality.
He came up to my mind recently, after a short trip to Rome and I couldn’t help thinking how cool could have been riding his Vespa through the streets of the eternal city, enjoying the springtime breeze.
Rome is not far from Orvieto (Umbria), Stefano’s hometown. It’s a lovely historic site in the heart of Italy. So, it might be wise to plan a visit to his shop, ‘The Bottega Conticelli’, for several reasons. First of all because he will treat you with a little gift (a handmade leather bookmark), secondly because you will have the unique chance to see the techniques of leathermaking.
Don’t miss it!
Castel Giorgio (TR)
05013 – Contrada Torraccia, snc
Umbria – Italia
Tel. +39 0763 627971