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Katharina Riedener-Brunner is a Moto Guzzi enthusiast and current resident of Canada. While growing up in Switzerland she discovered her passion for motorcycles while watching her brother ride his first bike. Her is her story:
I grew up in Switzerland and have always had a passion for motorbikes. In 1982, my brother bought his first Moto Guzzi, a year later my husband bought his 1982 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 2. We always rode through the mountains to Italy and France. I started out with a little Laverda then in 1988 bought my 1976 Le Mans 1, which I still ride today.
I fell in love with the design and lightness of the bike. In 1989, I had it rebuilt and tuned by the Swiss Transcontinental, and got back a hot cafe racer.
In 1995, we moved to Canada and I now ride my Guzzi in British Columbia and also in Washington State! I love it as is and never looked at another bike again.
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Giles & Brother was founded over a decade ago by siblings Courtney and Philip Crangi with the intent of create jewelry that told their story. “I always liked the idea that we’re making things that are impossible to place in the continuum in the canon of jewelry,” said Philip. Both grew up in Florida and Philip as a kid always looked for pieces that reminded him of pirate’s treasure. When they both moved to New York City to start their line of jewelry, they decided to name it Giles & Brother, Courtney’s nickname growing up was Giles.
In their studio in midtown close to the Garment District, they create various pieces everyday including their signature piece, the railroad spike bracelet, by hand using tools that a metal smith uses such as hammers, molds, fire torches, and different metals. The studio looks like a mini manufacturing space with multiple wooden shelves filled with rare beads, spools with various chains in different shapes and colors, hardware pieces, but the space at the same time is beautifully decorated with books, drawings, vintage radios, and a huge surfboard hanging on the wall. The space’s vibe brings one back in time when technology wasn't so advanced and things were made and perfected by hands.
The fact this type of craftsmanship still exists in such an urban and fast paced city such as New York is a true rarity. The art of making something with hands using basic tools doesn’t only show one’s love for their craft but also defines a true originals lifestyle. “That’s the fun part for me, telling a story. I guess it’s my story,” said Philip.
Moto Guzzi motorcycles have always been great conversation starters and we think Giles & Brother accessories are a perfect example of a timeless piece to own. Already sporting Giles & Brother? Just tweet or Instagram a shot of you and your favorite custom-made cuff or bracelet, along with a #guzzioriginals hash tag so we can feature you here in the Originals Dialogue and Gallery.
To view Giles & Brother full collection including the Railroad Spike bracelet visit GilesandBrother.com.
Warm tones and natural beauty have made wood the medium of choice for architects and furniture makers for centuries. Only recently, however has wood become a coveted material for more modern applications – like adding a sustainable, original touch to personal electronics.
Just as leather/suede seating combinations or satin finished metal trim composites can add unique personality to a motorcycle, so can the use of wood add warmth and character to the modern, sharp lines of electronics.
A fine example comes from Holland-based accessories manufacturer Miniot. In 2009, Miniot started making cases for iPhones using a range of natural, sustainable woods. Miniot’s products add a warm, classic touch to the often cold and plain exterior preferred by many designers. The result is the perfect effect for anyone who loves electronics but values originality and style more than simple gadget lust.
More recently, Miniot has been manufacturing cases for iPads that are not only beautiful, they are exceedingly practical. For example, Miniot has actually improved on Apple’s Smart Cover idea by using smaller, more frequent divisions in its iPad cover, resulting in a rolling effect when it is opened. This roll, as opposed to the folds created by a typical Smart Cover allows it to be used as a stand when the iPad is laid both vertically or horizontally.
The materials that Miniot is using have also evolved. While remaining sustainable, Miniot cases now come in a range of tones and woods ranging from oak, cherry and mahogany to wenge (a tropical dark wood from Africa). To check out the full line and range of Miniot iPhone and iPad cases, visit their web site at www.miniot.com.
Are you rockin’ an original iPad or tablet cover? Custom-made colors or material? We want to know. Just tweet or Instagram a shot of you and your favorite cover along with a #GuzziOriginals hashtag so we can feature them here in the Originals Dialogue or the Originals Gallery.
Strictly speaking, the definition of conoscenti is: “persons who have a superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, especially in the fine arts, literature and the world of fashion.” Coincidentally, the term is often applied to finer things from Italy. And, it can certainly apply to select, Italian-made motorcycles.
Since 1921, Moto Guzzi ownership has been an exclusive experience enjoyed by those few who have the ability to appreciate its seductive competence. The conoscenti, so to speak.
When you look at a Moto Guzzi you savor its authentic, Italian style. When you assess the assembly of a Moto Guzzi you respect its careful craftsmanship, and realize that it’s a special combination of technology and tradition. And when you get onboard and ride a Moto Guzzi, you treasure its long-legged, over-the-road dynamics…which are just as distinctive.
But the secret is that it’s only those who are ”really in the know,” who can fully comprehend the compelling combination of all of those attributes that make a Moto Guzzi, a Moto Guzzi. It’s a harmonious blend and balance of passionate virtue that ensures that the whole is more than the sum of its parts, and it’s only available from motorcycles that are made in Mandello del Lario, Italy.
So if you have the good fortune to have the key to a Moto Guzzi motorcycle, it will do more than just unlock the ignition to start the engine. It will stir your soul, and allow entry into the enchanting existence of…the conoscenti.
Then, you’ll know and understand…
Steven Rossi was bitten by the Moto Guzzi bug almost 35 years ago when he stumbled across a G5 parked on Montague Street in Brooklyn, New York. The vivid memory remains with him to this day, demonstrating his personal passion for the brand.