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Shoes in Castello

Kalimala

Sleek belts with brushed-steel buckles, satchels, man-bags and knee-high red boots: Kalimala makes beautiful leather goods in practical, modern styles. Shoes, sandals and gloves are crafted from vegetable-cured cow …
Arts & Crafts in Castello

Paolo Brandolisio

Beneath all the marble and gilt, Venice is a city of wood long supported by its carpenters, caulkers, oarmakers and gilders. Master woodcarver Paolo Brandolisio continues the traditions, crafting the sinuous forcola…
Fashion & Accessories in Castello

Banco Lotto 10

Prison orange is out and plum silk velvet is in at this nonprofit boutique, whose hand-sewn fashions are the fruit of a retraining program at the women’s prison on Giudecca. Designed and made by inmates, the smartly…
Antiques in Castello

Ballarin

If you're looking for something distinctively Venetian, check out this Aladdin's cave. An old-fashioned dealer and artisan restorer, Valter Ballarin has a knack for tracking down period furnishings, hand-painted gla…
Homewares in Castello

Atelier Alessandro Merlin

Enjoy your breakfast in the nude, on a horse or atop a jellyfish – Alessandro Merlin paints them all on striking black and white cappuccino cups and saucers. Homoerotic-art lovers will recognise the influence of Tom…
Fashion & Accessories in Castello

Bragorà

Bragorà is a multipurpose space: part shop, service centre and cultural hub. Its upcycled products include beach bags sewn out of boat sails, toy gondolas fashioned from drink cans, belts made from bike tyres and je…
Shoes in Castello

Silvia

Tucked away among the tourist shops and mainstream chains on bustling Salizzada San Lio, Silvia has carved out a niche by sourcing footwear by quirky and innovative designers and was the first in Venice to stock Rep…
Food in Castello

I Tre Mecanti

Stocked with wine, olive oil, jam and pasta, this excellent store has plenty of comestible souvenirs that you could happily lug home with you but the reality is, most purchases don't make it out of the shop. That's …
Books in Castello

Libraria Aqua Alta

Precarious stacks of books look at constant danger of collapse at this wonderfully ragtag secondhand bookshop. Some books are displayed in a gondola – which must come in handy during floods – and you can even climb …
Arts & Crafts in Castello

Oi Va Voi Studio

Artist-in-residence Roman Tcherpak has devised his own system of hand-printing digital images onto basically anything, including ceramics and leather. You can buy examples of his work here or enroll in an hour-long …