The visitor that arrives here on the short Vaporetto ride instantly understands that this long and narrow island is the result of many silent, yet vibrant, dialogues between opposites: the Venetian lagoon and the open sea; the unmistakable lines of Venice architecture at the horizon and the eclectic blend of Liberty summer villas and hotels with rationalist buildings; the chill of beach-goers relaxing at Alberoni’s dunes and the busy bustle of the town-center.
The Lido has been playing a magical spell for centuries. It’s not by chance that this is where Venetian Doge celebrated the “Marriage of the Sea” declaring Venice and the sea indissolubly one. The likes of Diaghilev, Coco Chanel, and Churchill holidayed here, making it the most elegant beach in Europe. But its charm went beyond the label of “à la mode” beach resort and the Lido became a sanctuary for leading world literature writers as Lord Byron and Thomas Mann who chose it as their home. Today, during the Venice Film Festival, the Lido gives a “dolce vita” stage to new languages and expressions in the seventh art.
After working in different high-end fashion houses, we become convinced that current luxury products do not deliver the promised quality anymore. Spending a lot of money does not guarantee you anything these days. Expensive bags can be almost as poorly made as the cheap ones, and often produced in an unethical way without respect for the people and the environment. The reduced time between design cycles has led to an increase in alleged plagiarism, as the pressure to create new collections is as much as a concern for mass-market players as it is for luxury brands. Designers are more and more sanctioned for production, encourage to constantly repeat them-self to deliver what is selling rather than defining what will sell through forward-looking design risk. This translates into products that look more and more alike, tiresome after few weeks, made in same materials and with the same standardized production techniques
At Lido Venezia we are “Modern Time Artisans”. We believe in superior quality defined by a modern, and sometimes cheeky, design, by the careful choice of leathers and traditional production techniques. And, most importantly, we believe in the the respect of time. We think luxury is quality of time. This means giving time to our suppliers to work with attention and in a sustainable way. Our handbags are crafted in very small batches to allow a real artisan manufacturing. The materials we use are, as much as possible, locally sourced from small suppliers, who use traditional methods and preserve the Italian craftsmanship in wowing fabrics, tanning the leather and transforming brass into accessories.
In a world where people and products look more and more alike, where the same famous names are displayed in similar shopping streets all over the word,
we want our handbags be an expression of our customers unique, lifestyle philosophy. Our customers are modern times flâneur, who like to discover new things, defy categorizations, and create their own personal traditions. People in constant evolution and revolution, but remaining effortlessly true to themselves.
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