L'arte dei guanti napoletani nella tradizione e nella storia/ The art of neapolitan gloves in the tradition and history/ L'art de gants napolitains dans la tradition et dans l'histoire/ Die Kunst der neapolitanischen Handschuhe in der Tradition und Geschichte/ Искусство производства кожаных перчаток: традиции и история
LAURA MORELLI ’S AUTHENTIC ARTS
Up until the 1960s, the Sanità district
of Naples was a hub of artisanal glovemaking.
Asian manufacturers and local
economic pressures sent most of these enterprises
out of business and today, few artisanal
glove makers carry the torch of the tradition.
via Stella, 12
Mauro Squillace is passionate about carrying on
his family’s century-old trade of making buttery
soft leather gloves lined with silk and cashmere.
Squillace does a brisk international wholesale
trade in his signature gloves, made from highquality
leather and stitched together with the
help of old-fashioned, pedal-operated sewing
machines. In homes across the city, women
who once worked in the city’s glove workshops
and have honed their craft over decades carry
out the hand-finished details. Although the
business operates behind the scenes from the
top floor of an eighteenth-century building and
does not have a retail storefront, individual and
small group visits can be arranged in advance.
If you want a custom-made pair of gloves or an
intimate look at the historical craft of Neapolitan
glove-making, it’s worth the extra planning.