Il bere, which means “to drink” in Italian, is a concept that was born during a recent trip through Northern Italy. Marnette Wilcox and Chrissy Olsen packed up their husbands and took off for a romantic trip to Venice, Florence, Siena, Santa Margherita, and Lake Como. Wine was the staple of the trip, and there was no limit on consumption of the incredible vino available. With the consumption came the typical problem of remembering who put their wine glass where. “Mark your drink” became a common theme and helped create the concept of Il bere.
Chrissy and Marnette are both of Italian descent, and both were born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, moving to the West Coast to attend college. The pair did not meet until landing in Vancouver, Washington. It was in Vancouver that their children first became friends, followed soon after by their mothers, who have been best friends ever since.
Wine charms are not new by any stretch – Chrissy and Marnette wanted to do something different than the standard stem-secured charm. Their desire was to create something original, yet classic. The vintage earring look was something the two saw in Venice, Italy – they were very taken with the vintage jewelry there, especially the earrings. So while playing with their new purchases, they attached them with their clip to the rim of our wine glasses. They thought, “Wow, these are really beautiful, wouldn’t it be great to use them all the time as wine charms?” So the process of trying to figure out where and how to attach them began. The result is the first ever vintage wine charm, which sits beautifully on the side of the wine glass or uniquely on the base of the wine glass stem.
In the spirit of being “green” and attempting to re-use existing products, nearly all of the wine charms are created out of antique/vintage earrings. The Il bere ladies spend hours each week locating, purchasing, cleaning, and creating the wine charms. Any earrings purchased and not used for the wine charms are re-sold or donated and put back in circulation.
The response has been overwhelming. An initial fun and challenging craft project between best friends has turned into a new and thriving business. With some work and initiative they have been able to develop Il bere’s “classic” charm with an updated look, with designs can be customized with almost any design, logo, picture, and more!
Il bere is all about making your drink unique and special, as well as being “sustainable” with all our designs and products.
We look forward to having you as our customer. Salut!