It is a container for our passions: a physical and virtual place in which we keep our creative projects. After many years of managing creative teams in textile and fashion companies, we feel a strong motivation in going back to “making”, meaning having hands on product.
Mestieri-LAB is a trademark registered in the EU for apparel, interiors and workshops (LAB).
The idea is to inspire you through unique handicraft art products to then end up with workshops (LAB) in which we guide people in being creative. We strongly believe in Creativity as a key Resource.
We love going back to tradition bringing it to the HERE and NOW. We believe in recycling as a way of being sustainable. We carefully select every single piece, from furniture to garments to lights… We do feel really satisfied when succeeding in giving it a second life to objects.
With the real wish to build authentic relationships, we do share our projects with makers who are adding their precious skills when we face the “don’t know how to make it!”.
This is how we created Mestieri-LAB: from the relationship with unique people, from recognizing his value, from the contamination of craftsmanship and technology.
Marina Tonella: Co-Founder and Creative Director
After textile school, I graduated in languages and economics in Milan. Since 2001 I work in fashion industry, where I experienced different roles.
With strong initiative and intuition, I challenge myself to be part of both creative and strategic team.
I have always been working with creatives, but I never accepted selling my creativity rather working on projects in a creative way. To me creativity is pure art, it is uniqueness, it is meditation. A deep contact with a substance, a journey that brings me to different destinations where I can meet different parts of my inner being, most of the times very opposites from each other. Today I feel free to show my creativity as it is, as I feel it, no compromises.
After supervising and facilitating teams at work, at a certain point of my career, I needed to work more on human resources skills, starting from myself. In 2008 I started my personal growth path which will last all my life. Today I am Professional Counselor, I lead workshops (LAB), couples and individual sessions.
Vladimiro Baldin: Co-Founder
After technical training in the textile and clothing industry, I started working in the fashion industry in 1994. Since then I experienced different functions: production, sourcing, merchandising, trend scouting, R&D and creative direction.
There are two main professional experiences contributing to my learning: Diesel Spa (1998-2014) and today Safilo Spa .
In my journey, I have particularly refined the experience in the management and coaching of creative teams in innovation and design fields and in the coordination of collection development projects, fashion shows and brand building projects.
Good knowledge and sensitivity in the research and development of both apparel and accessories products, often merging the classic tradition of tailoring with new design and production technologies. My current licensing activity leads me to relate to the teams of different fashion houses in the luxury and contemporary segments.
My great passion has always been Denim: a “live” fabric that allows you to span across different market segments, generational, embracing various lifestyles.
My work has always led me to travel around the world, especially in the capitals of fashion and trends. I am attracted to innovation and the continuous learning of new things, both on the product and process development and production, as well as human resources management.
I continue to strengthen my leadership through an individual coaching path, counseling, personal growth groups and meditation.
I’m not attracted to power, I tend to have a humble and simple approach even in leading numerous teams: I prefer communication and influence as a communication style to the purely managerial one.
I’m an observer who loves to start from a solid and authentic foundation on which to build the assets of a brand and collection, and then nourish it in growth by cushioning the consistency, quality and importance of detail. I do really love to make things happen!
In 2016, my partner Marina and I founded Mestieri-LAB brand, which is primarily a lab of crafts where we capitalize on our passions and experiences in creating limited edition products and in offering thematic workshops.
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