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A Journey of Inspiration by Lisa Rissetto

Sara Sant’Ambrogio Benefit Concert This Week!

Grammy award-winning cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio, one of our Women We Admire, will be performing a special benefit concert this week in New York for CultureProject, accompanied by pianist Erika Nickrenz. Friday November 13th, 10:00pm Lynn Redgrave Theater 45 Bleecker Street New York, NY Doors open at 9:30pm Sara will be performing in an intimate Cabaret,... Read more »
: 11/09/2015

SF Chronicle Wish List: Greer Drawstring Hobo

We were thrilled to be included in the San Francisco Chronicle “Wish List” in Sunday’s issue. View the feature here!
: 09/29/2015
: 09/29/2015

Q&A with Jennifer Raiser, Woman We Admire

One of newest Women We Admire, Jennifer Raiser, spent twenty years of her career founding and running a successful luxury retirement community business, before reinventing herself as a writer and author. We chatted with Jennifer about her experience with entrepreneurship and advice for other women in business. The best thing about being an entrepreneur is…... Read more »
: 09/29/2015
: 09/29/2015

RISSETTO featured in the SF Chronicle Style section

The San Francisco Chronicle loved our new Woodside collection — especially the Greer Drawstring Hobo in supple vegetable-tanned Italian leather with hand-carved real Italian horn toggle and stoppers.
: 09/25/2015
: 09/25/2015

Woodside Launch at Emily Joubert

Recently we had a party at Emily Joubert Home and Garden in Woodside to celebrate the launch of our new Woodside Collection of leather bags. What better way to celebrate the premier collection released under the RISSETTO label than among local friends and family at my favorite retail store in town owned by my good... Read more »
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Gentry Magazine’s interview with Lisa Rissetto

Lisa Rissetto was recently interviewed by Gentry Magazine. Read the interview here!
: 09/04/2015
: 09/04/2015

Read about us in San Francisco’s 7×7

RISSETTO was recently featured in Bay Area-based 7×7. Read the article here!  
: 09/04/2015
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RISSETTO featured in Sophisticated Living Chicago

RISSETTO’s Half Moon Belt was featured in Sophisticated Living Chicago‘s September/October issue. Come take a look!
: 09/04/2015
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RISSETTO featured in Chicago Sun-Times’ SPLASH

RISSETTO was recently featured in SPLASH’s “trending now” section of the Chicago Sun-Times. Click to see our feature!    
: 09/04/2015
: 09/04/2015

Retailer Q&A: GALA Boutique

This month we got to spend some time with another lovely retailer, GALA Boutique, and chat with store manager & buyer Nikki Davidge. When did you first open your doors? GALA first opened in 2002. How do you go about discovering new brands and products? Social media — I’ve recently discovered Instagram and love it!... Read more »
: 07/07/2015
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My Favorite

Once in a lifetime, if we’re lucky, we’re blessed to connect with an animal who brings endless joy into our lives. I had that good fortune when I found my horse McHugh back in 1988, shortly after moving to San Francisco from New York City. He was eleven at the time, which for a horse,... Read more »
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Every Mother Counts

On May 14th, I had the pleasure of attending the LA MPower Luncheon benefitting Every Mother Counts, as the guest of my good friend (and Woman We Admire) Amy Williams. The event was hosted by EMC founder Christy Turlington Burns along with Jessica Capshaw Gavigan at Michael’s in Santa Monica. This nonprofit organization is dedicated... Read more »
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Retailer Q&A: Emily Joubert

We love getting to know our wonderful retail partners from around the country. Over the next few months we’ll be featuring various retailers through an informal Q&A to get to know them better! Our first stop is Emily Joubert, a beautiful home and garden store in Woodside, California owned by Judy Sieber and named in... Read more »
: 05/11/2015
: 05/11/2015
: 05/11/2015

A Visit with Antinori in Tuscany

I recently spent a week in Italy with our suppliers reviewing some of the beautiful materials we are using in our Fall 2015 collection. Over dinner with my old friend Silvia, leather rep by day and sommelier by passion, she told me about the opening of the new Antinori wine facility outside of Florence. Having... Read more »
: 05/08/2015
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Jeanette Bronée Launches New Book!

Self-nourishment counselor, emotional eating expert, and Woman We Admire Jeanette Bronée recently launched her new book Eat To Feel Full. The book focuses on basic food knowledge, including a lucid explanation of hunger and digestion, and an in-depth guide to the foods and eating habits that will help you stay satisfied longer after a meal.... Read more »
: 04/22/2015
: 04/22/2015
: 04/22/2015

Horse Show Season

The horse show season has begun on the West Coast with the HITS Thermal Shows in the desert. In spite of the heat and dust there are plenty of things to get excited about. The horse show dogs, fixtures at every show, represent an entry level requirement and seem to enjoy watching the riders as... Read more »
: 03/23/2015
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: 03/23/2015

A Week in New York: Women We Admire

This week in New York brought together a host of events involving the Women We Admire, directly and indirectly. On Monday evening, March 2nd, The Serious Fun Network celebrated the life of Paul Newman and I had the pleasure of attending the event with my good friend, Carolyn Bechtel, who has been involved with this... Read more »
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: 02/17/2015

Creativity with Purpose:
The Belt Studio Exhibition

I am excited to share the highlights of our second-annual partnership with California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco.  We worked with the Advanced Materiality class and Amy Campos, the class instructor.  The purpose of the class was to have students understand how materiality and design affect global ecology.  More specifically, how could... Read more »
: 02/17/2015
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10TH ANNIVERSARY

Recently we celebrated the 10th anniversary of our initial conversations about launching 49 Square Miles. At the time, we didn’t know what we could call it; we only knew that we had an idea. The idea gained a personality over time as our concept took shape . As it turned out, there were a lot of like-minded retailers who were looking beyond the present toward what could be. Folks like The Store in Mill Valley, Nest on Fillmore Street, Gala in Larkspur, and Cavallo Point in Sausalito appreciated our vision and brought in the line. As we’ve grown, so has our distribution with supportive partners like Joyous paving the way for growth. As we continue to expand our reach, I have no doubt we will continue to find retail partners who share our vision. Over the next few months we will feature some of our favorite retail partners and learn how their vision is helping to evolve ours.
: 02/12/2015
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WEEKEND

A great way to spend a Fall weekend in San Francisco. Start with the Vintner’s event at For Mason, where small, local wineries are able to share their talents and connect with both restaurant and retail clients as well as fans like me. Finish with a dinner at home with friends, always great when your friend attended the Culinary Institute of America. You can tell that Willow wished she had a seat at the dinner table!!!
: 12/08/2014
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VITNERS

A great way to spend a Fall weekend in San Francisco. Start with the Vintner’s event at For Mason, where small, local wineries are able to share their talents and connect with both restaurant and retail clients as well as fans like me. Finish with a dinner at home with friends, always great when your... Read more »
: 12/02/2014
: 12/02/2014

RAINY SEASON

The start of the rainy season in San Francisco brings dramatic landscapes and pops of color. For those who believe living in California means giving up the seasons, it all comes down to subtlety. A shift in the look toward the hills, tonal shifts of flora, changes in the sky signal the small movement between Summer and Fall; Autumn into Winter.
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A DAY AT THE FARM

On a crisp, sunny, Saturday morning, a drive down to Morgan Hill and Sterling View Farm is a great way to start the weekend. A visit to the farm is almost like a visit to the local petting zoo, although all the animals here are family friends.

Working with Jeanette Sinclair of Woodside Images to capture a flattering high school portrait of my daughter, Mimi, she has Leo the Circus Horse as a handsome half of the photogenic couple.

After the portrait is completed, it’s time for fun aspect of the work to begin: taking Leo through his course of jumps. Matt Sereni, her trainer, is on hand to keep the pair in top form.

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BELLAGIO

A trip to Lake Como wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the scenic town of Bellagio.  Known for its shopping and silk printing capabilities, Bellagio is also home to the beautiful Villa Melzi which has a world class botanical garden filled with many species of rare and exotic plants as well as acres of quiet corner.   Although it’s getting close to the end of the tourist season in Bellagio, the fall colors offer a unique background for this already colorful village.
: 10/06/2014
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LAKE COMO

We had the good fortune to spend a day with Jacopo, our handsome skipper who grew up in Cenobbio and knew the lake like most of us would know our hometowns.  In this community, centuries of history have brought these towns to where they are today.   Like many areas with such spectacular natural beauty, the real estate has skyrocketed and the new neighbors are wealthy Russians, American celebrities, and business leaders from all over the world.  Lake Como is no longer the sleepy village built along the waterways, not that it ever was.  

Jacopo takes us past the medieval bridge that once was the only connection between two towns, framed by a waterfall and ancient rock walls.  He shows us where George Clooney is known to hang out, past Gianni Versace’s former villa, and Richard Branson’s multi-unit playground.  We stop for a tour of Villa del Balbianello which can only be reached by boat, and explore the priceless collection of artifacts collected by its former owner, the famous Italian adventurer Guido Monzino.   The Villa is now part of the National Trust of Italy and is truly one of the most incredible spots on the lake.  It has been used as a backdrop  in several large scale films including Casino Royale.  
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PORTOVENERE

Driving along the Tuscan coast from Forte dei Marmi up to Portovenere, we pass by Carrara where the unique Carrara marble is still mined today.  Michelangelo once carved marble from this same area and the quarries are still active today.   I am continually amazed by the self-contained walled cities that exist throughout Tuscany, each with their own character.  These along the coast have a color pallete that is unique to the area.  

We were able to catch a wedding in progress at one of the two churches in town dating from the 1100’s.  Standing on the outside looking in, it was fun to observe the family’s excitement on their big day. Walking through the narrow streets of this ancient village I was struck by what waited around every corner…

: 09/25/2014
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FORTE DEI MARMI

We took a side trip to Forte dei Marmi on the coast of Tuscany to check out the Mediterranean and the small town that is the summer home of many leaders in business and fashion.  The level of stores here rivals Florence, yet it is also a place where the old men come to fish as they have for centuries.
: 09/23/2014
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SAN GIMIGNANO

I have known Silvia for over 25 years now, first as a leather rep and now as a friend.  I had the chance to visit the farmhouse she is restoring outside of San Gimingnano with this incredible view of the valley.  We had dinner at her home, using vegetables from her garden while tasting (and learning about) fine Italian wines.  Yes, Silvia is also a sommelier and her boyfriend Andrea owns the oldest wine shop in San Gimignano so we were in very good hands.  
 
  A view inside the wine shop, which also stocks local specialties such as Pecorino cheese, wild boar prosciutto, pastas, olive oil, and of course the wine….  
: 09/22/2014
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FLORENCE

As always, Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, if not the world, and even more so as the day winds down.
: 09/21/2014
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