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Creatively Speaking – Le Sorelle

18 Jan
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Last year I posted on Le Sorelle a business which was created by four sisters and their parents in Tuscany Italy. Gemma and her mother have kindly agreed to be interviewed, and I thought a little escapism to Tuscany would be good for us all after the Christmas break and the reality of getting back to work.  So sit back and grab yourself a cup of tea…. Thankfully their English is beta than my Italian!

How did Le Sorelle come about?

The name of our store was an idea of our youngest sister Gaia. We were all sitting at the table, trying to decide a nice name for our first store and suddenly Gaia, who was just 3 years old, said: “ Why don’t we call it “Le sorelle”? We are 4 sisters!And we all loved it!!

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What, where and/or who inspires you?

                   We are inspired by our beautiful landscape, Tuscany!

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You have a very family orientated business, what are all of your strengths. 

Our strength is to be a family where each one tries to bring good and new creative ideas to our business.

How would you each describe yourself in 3 words? 

CREATIVITY, ORIGINALITY AND FAMILY!!

Le Sorelle family

Le Sorelle Family

Where do you see Le Sorelle in 5 years time?

We see us in the same place, Tuscany, trying to find new ideas for our business and hoping to be a little bit more known around the world.

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Le Sorelle Store Tuscany

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Which is your favorite product and why?

I think our favourite product is our Uashmama® paper bag…it’s something you can use for whatever!! For bread, plant, candies, soaps, towels…and the list could be soooooo long!

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What has been the most exciting point in your careers to date and why?

One important point of our career was the fair in Frankfurt, where we were exhibiting our Uashmama® products in August; it was really successful!

Do you have any major projects in the pipeline at the moment? Can you share these with us?

We have some big projects but…it’s to early to reveal them:)

If you could set up a store in any other place in the world where would that be?

We would love to be in Sydney with a small “Le sorelle” store (Hopefully I will get an invite to the opening girls!!….)

If I were coming to visit your home town where would be the must stop place or places for me to visit?

We would bring you to our favourite restaurant in Lucca: Canuleia; a very cosy place where the owners, Paolo and Yuriko, make you feel at home, serving you wonderful and special dishes! (I am there!!!)

Describe your perfect Day

Answer from my mother:

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Mother

“Wake up in a sunny day,have a big healthy breakfast, have a walk with my two Jack Russell (Teo and Brando), go to work in my shop in Lucca (my second home!) and be back home where my daughters have prepared dinner for me and the all family”

“But…It’s  a dream…(comments by the daughters..hahaha)”

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Now as much as I love your shop, I love cooking and am always eager to find out a new recipe… what is your favorite dish to cook?

This is our famous PAPPA AL POMODORO recipe:

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Ingredients for 4 people:

500 g (about 2 cups) peeled tomatoes, chopped

250 g (about 1/2 lb) stale bread (preferably Tuscan bread), cut into smallish pieces

1 liter (about 4 cups) vegetable broth, warmed

4 cloves of garlic, minced

basil, chopped coarsely

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper

HOW TO PREPARE IT:

Put the bread in a large bowl and pour the warm broth over it, cover and set aside for at least 1 hour.

Over medium heat and in a wide pot, pour the oil and sauté the garlic. Add the tomatoes and a dash of salt and pepper. Simmer for about 20 minutes.

Go back to your bread, which should have absorbed most of the broth. Add the bread to the pot, squeezing it a bit with your hand as you do so to eliminate any excess broth. Cook for at least 15 minutes, stirring every so often with a wooden spoon.

Serve warm, adding a bit of fresh cut basil and a swirl of good olive oil on top.

I hope that you enjoyed…..meanwhile on with the colourful adventure….

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12 responses to “Creatively Speaking – Le Sorelle

  1. Clanmother

    January 18, 2013 at 5:17 am

    Excellent post!!! I felt I was there with you!!!

     
    • birdcagedesign

      January 18, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Unfortunately it was an interview from a distance, hopefully one day I will be able to do it live from Tuscany! 🙂

       
      • Clanmother

        January 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm

        In the meantime, we can always close our eyes and visualize….

         
  2. marsellaj

    January 18, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Sigh! What a gorgeous family and sooo romantic, I loved the visit and the bags.Thanks!!!!

     
    • birdcagedesign

      January 18, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the trip to Tuscany 🙂

       
  3. Gemma

    January 18, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks Emma for this wonderful interview!!We love the way you matched the answers with the pictures 🙂
    Of course if somebody you’d like to have one of our Uashmama bags in Australia, on http://www.objettrouve.com.au our distributor for Australia and New Zealand, Casey Languillon, will be glad to give you more info about our brand!
    Hope to see you soon in Tuscany!
    Gemma and all the family

     
    • birdcagedesign

      January 19, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Thank you for your time, I really enjoyed doing it and I am glad you enjoyed it too…. Hopefully see you in Tuscany soon!

       
  4. Giulia M

    January 19, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Bellissimo, emozionante e vero!

    Grazie Emma.
    Giulia (the second of the four sisters 😉

     
    • birdcagedesign

      January 19, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      My pleasure 🙂 hopefully I can interview you in Tuscany next time! 😉

       
  5. Hidden Passions

    February 10, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Very cute interview.. 🙂 and love the recipe too.

     
    • birdcagedesign

      February 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      It is I will have to try and do it in person next time 🙂

       

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