A side trip to Venice was soon to be the start of an even bigger adventure. An afternoon chat that began as our al fresco lunch was winding down would eventually lead us to Italy and France. The best part of traveling with someone you have known for a while is discovering there is even more to learn. While our travels had taken us to Paris and Provence, Florence and Venice opened up an opportunity to make a voyage into a vision. Cobblestone Living was created because travel is that special. From British author Alain de Botton “The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.” For a founder who gravitate towards all things elegant, classic, cultural and timeless, Cobblestone living shares the philosophical wisdom to Travel Often, Travel Pretty.
Our inspiration comes from the way we feel upon landing after crossing the Atlantic. It is the various customs and culture, architecture and language that makes the mind dance and the eyes come alive. The history and traditions we connect with when listening to the stories of families keeping their shops thriving through the generations is heartwarming. The sense of style the women display from young to old is a testament to the importance of passing down trade secrets and sentiments.
What better place to discuss the goals and creative direction we envisioned for Cobblestone Living than over tea at the Ritz Hotel in Paris. For a Hotel to be considered at one time home to Coco Chanel and F. Scott Fitzgerald, taking tea in the Marcel Proust room was bound to get the creative juices flowing, if not the sugar high did just the trick. Cobblestone Living, envelopes the beauty and simplicity of style and comfort. Luxurious fabrics from Silk to Cashmere provide the perfect backdrop to add our travel accessories. Our affection for vintage style luggage and old world charm are the perfect combination for traveling.
The beautiful backdrop for Cobblestone Living is Florence, Italy. Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. As fans of ‘Under the Tuscan Sun” many daydreams have caught our attention of stopping the bus and checking out an abandoned Villa in need of a buyer and renovation. Reality prevails and we instead envision how Cobblestone Living will make the most fabulous wraps, scarves, handbags and luggage to guide us all to Travel Often and Travel Pretty.
We hope you will enjoy this Blog and join us on this fabulous journey.
Ciao e Grazie ~
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”