My dad has a collection of eccentric shoes, chocolates and any object with a rhino on it…
He loves rhinos. The idea of it, its gnarled, ancient appearance, exemplifies strength but also rarity. Over the years he has managed to collect paintings, sculptures, pens, t-shirts, lamps, even wines and chocolates, all rhino shaped or featuring an image of them. His unconditional passion for rhinos somehow saved me and my sister Andrea a lot of struggle with Christmas and birthday presents. We would desperately look for something uncommon and interesting enough, but we would always end up looking into each other’s eyes and exclaim: “what about something with a rhino”? And just like that, the issue was solved.
God save the Rhino.
I believe that everybody has passions and probably collections of certain things; my mother collects plates and glasses, as well as books about ancient jewellery. My sister Andrea loves vintage earrings, pink coloured items and cats, but I’m glad she hasn’t mixed the three things together yet; I think that her cat Miu Miu is somehow very grateful as well, because pink and earrings wouldn’t really suit her. Even my little 3 years old sister Athina has a few passions, such as make up and candies, that she carefully carries around with her in a peluche bag. Me, on the other hand, I have a few soft spots, which include: baskets, cooking tools and any second hand object with a history. In my free time I love doing research online and finding unique vintage items. My mother isn’t very keen on fully embracing my collections, because of their sizes. I already own whole sets of plates, rolling pins, even a whole vintage stove, but my picnic baskets collection is my favourite. They require a lot of space and my mother often complains about stuff hidden under the bed, or in her wardrobe, at the top of the kitchen pantry… anywhere really;
Christmas is around the corner and I just can’t wait for it to happen again… All the cosy feeling, the fire pit slowly burning, making the whole house smell good, candles, christmas songs and I could continue, non stop telling you all about it. The best feeling is to wrap presents next to the fire and spend time and attention on each one of my packages; my mother taught me how to do it, decorating them with nice bows, leaves and watercolour wrapping paper.
Many years ago, my mother opened a Crabtree and Evelyn shop in Pescara and at Christmas time, people would queue in front of the shop to get her wonderfully decorated Christmas hampers, something avant-garde at the time. Any time we go to London, we love to discover vintage markets and bring back home unique small pieces as a souvenir of our trips, but we also enjoy visiting places like Fortnum and Mason’s picnic and food department; Wonderful boxes and baskets filled up with goodies and delicacy, elegant packaging, beautiful papers, impeccable presentation, plus all their nice jams and cute jars, cookies; it just amazes and inspires us every time.
A few weeks ago, I was already planning and preparing a few christmas presents, and desperately looking on the internet for some nice Christmas hampers, but couldn’t find any that suited my taste. It totally rung a bell and I got the idea of creating a collection of bespoke Christmas hampers. A lovely gift that could mix together everyone’s passions: vintage items, wonderful Christmasy decoration, but also some indulgent Italian tastes.
There are many options available on the website. Have a look at the gift section: http://allegrapomilio.com/gifts/ in order to find your favorite one.