I’m often asked where did I get a particular fountain pen, where to eat authentic food in Tokyo, what’s the best coffee in London or where to get eyeglasses like mine, so I’ve decided to start curating a monthly newsletter called The Craftsman containing these kind of things.
I’ve always been fascinated by the work of craftsmen/craftswomen and artisans, or what the Japanese call “shokunin”, which in essence a extends beyond mastering the mere technical skills to include a social obligation to work their best towards the general welfare of the people. When I think of a shokunin, Mr. Jiro Ono (from Jiro dreams of sushi) is one of the first that comes to mind.
Once a month, I’ll be sharing a collection of products, services and experiences from craftsmen (craftswomen!) and artisans from around the world. Pens, notebooks, restaurants, clothes, books, documentaries… that kind of stuff.
If you want to join the list, you can do it here: http://TheCraftsman.email
The first email will come out in a week or two (it’s my holiday break pet project).
You can share your feedback and favourite shokunin here or via twitter you can find me as @gchicco)