Speaking of craftsmanship: Angelo Inglese talks about himselfEfesti
The business of the “Inglese Tailoring” started in 1955 in Ginosa, one of the most beautiful village of Puglia. A story of passion and handmade tradition that is handed down from generation to generation, until his contemporary heir: Angelo Inglese.
Efesti has interviewed Angelo Inglese: six answers to six questions about handicraft and himself.
Where, when, why. Tell us about your experience in the world of craftsmanship and the motivations that led you to the handcraft work.
Our activity was born in 1955. It was created by my father, his brothers and also my grandmother, who tailored shirts. I started this work as a mission: my aim was to raise awareness of the traditional italian handcraft product among international consumers. Not the usual business management and not the same industrial building, but the desire to create a product using exclusively old sewing machines. The key is the courage to look at the past in order to go beyond borders.
- What is the philosophy of the workshop? What values would you like to convey through your creations?
The tailoring offers the unique opportunity of a manual work: every time something new, special and creative comes from the hands of our artisans. In this setting, the mastery of hard-working and expert hands is enhanced. The handicraft puts the man at the centre.
- A place, with its traditions and peculiarities, may influence the realization of a product. How has the setting of your tailoring been influencing your production?
Puglia is a unique and appreciated territory and it is also revalued worldwide. Ginosa is a small village nestled in the heart of the ravines. It is from these magic and uncontaminated places that I have drawn inspiration for my tailoring creations. The choice of fabrics and shades of colours, recalling those of the land and combined with the art of the crochet and embroidery, have created a unique product, recognized all over the world.
- Being an artisan in the twenty-first century: what elements have you kept and what ones innovated ?
Until a few decades ago this area has been suffering the influence of the big industry, which has eradicated the art of ancient crafts, believing in a future only made of machines, capable of replacing human labour. Today is not the same: there is a return to a reviewed and riappreciated past, expecially researched from the same market that appreciates its uniqueness and excellence. My contribution was to review the past and give new life to what this land already offered us for centuries and which we had momentarily lost.
- Uniqueness at any cost: are the unique pieces and the limited series synonyms of quality? If yes, why?
Each handcrafted product has a price that is not only the result of cost and gain components, but also of impalpable elements like passion and dedication to work. The uniqueness of a product born from the ability to look around, interpret and rework an idea and then a work of art. This has a great value for us and our costumers know it.
- Is there a word, a concept or a metaphor that can as well symbolize your business,your works and involve the meaning of it?
We have been dealing with the ancient tradition as a source of inspiration: the embroidery like the unwritten culture of our country, the handed down one, there is a work of many people, the self awareness and their dignity. It is an accurate and handcraft work, made with love and passion.