'When David Reiss founded match in 1995, he single-handedly introduced America to the beauty of Italian pewter. Reiss discovered the possibilities of this rich, warm material, which he describes as having an “old soul”, while traveling through Italy. There, he found family-owned workshops that had been producing pewter for generations. He fondly recalls the owner of one of the workshops, who was known to sell his pewter wares from boxes strapped to the back of his Vespa. Match debuted with 40 designs at the New York International Gift Fair to great success, catching the eye of prestigious retailers including Gearys in Beverly Hills and Barneys New York, which bought deeply into the collection, and beautifully showcased it in Chelsea Passage, their home décor department. At the time it was the only Italian pewter collection available in the United States, and match was the only American company producing pewter in Italy. Being the first in this category was fortuitous for Reiss, as it gave him the time needed to carefully select the finest workshops to produce his designs. In the years since, the match reach has grown, and the company’s handsome Italian pewter designs are available at over 700 top retailers around the world. Reiss, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (risd), is the principal designer of the match collection, working in collaboration with the Italian artisans who ultimately hand craft each and every piece. All designs are rooted in classic European forms from the 14th through 19th centuries; many are cast from molds made from original antiques. Pewter, as Reiss quickly discovered, is an elegant chameleon that can effortlessly harmonize with its surroundings, whether casual or formal, traditional or modern.'