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Inspired by the many stories and the amazing people that are part of our journey,
we wanted to share some thoughts with you on this magic world.
by RICCARDO GISMONDI, Founder and CEO
True artisanship evokes memories of favourite stories handed down through generations of a cherished, forgotten world. And yet still remains one of the most inspiring frontiers to be explored and appreciated. Of men and women, their stories and their products that were never adapted to the times, to follow fad or fashion. They have remained hidden, immersed in the authenticity of their work. It is this pureness of the artisanal world that makes it so special.
How is it possible in the digital age that those who excel in their craft often do not have the recognition they deserve?
Trying to answer this important question I started a journey involving an exploration of this mysterious artisan world. Finding them in cobbled backstreets of old cities, steeped in the tradition of the guilds they are part of. Fascinating conversations with craftsmen in their workshops, full of rich anecdotal details that never seemed to end and all sharing the same obsession: a passion for their work and a dedication to their art.
Wanderist was born as an abstract, almost philosophical idea. A way of highlighting these unsung heroes of craftsmanship without compromising the quality of the products. And it soon took shape. Taking inspiration from their stories and from their brilliant creations hidden in their workshops it soon became my obsession too.
In a world dominated by ready-to-wear, by the commoditization of luxury and by a standardised (and ghastly homogenised ) vision of things, Wanderist is a platform that finally gives everyone the chance to buy directly from tailors and shoemakers and many wonderful creators that excel in their crafts. And most importantly, keeping original what makes it unique: the possibility to interact with the artisan and have something custom made that will last.
Wanderist honours the tradition of where it all started and what we are now returning to - the origins of the artisan and their knowledgeable clients - relationships built on trust and loyalty. Where we can enjoy the experience of the product more than just buying goods without any connection to the fabric, the materials or the workmanship. And where each product tells a story. Real luxury is an expression of the hands of those who created it. From the people and the generations who have helped turn a craft into an art, an object into a work of art.
Wanderist provides this ultimate frontier of luxury - experience and craftsmanship - direct to you.