Archive for June, 2012
after reading about the vintage inspired apparel and colors covering fashion designers such as Gucci, Missoni and others we felt inspired to look through our leather collection and to create a deep dark brown selection. In Italian this color is known as testa di moro, and when seen in leather , since it is so close to a natural shade it comes in varying depths of intensity.
$64 - kohls.com
£210 - allsole.com
$150 - neimanmarcus.com
€495 - pierotucci.com
€440 - pierotucci.com
€285 - pierotucci.com
€125 - pierotucci.com
€77 - pierotucci.com
WWF and the he Northern Great Plains in North America. This area known as the great plains covers an area of about 3.2 million square kmilometer which includes parts of the United States and Canada.
WWF’s Work to Protect the Northern Great Plains
WWF’s work in the Northern Great Plains centers around four conservation actions:
• Work collaboratively with tribal leaders, private landowners and land and wildlife management agencies to improve land and wildlife management practices.
• Find opportunities to reward landowners for conservation practices, such as helping landowners develop biodiversity management plans.
• Conserve and restore endangered, threatened and keystone species and their habitats.
• Address the most pressing environmental, community or environmental threats.
What are WWF Goal and Strategies?
By 2020, WWF will conserve 15 of the world’s most ecologically important regions by working in partnership with others to:
- Protect and restore species and their habitats
- Strengthen local communities’ ability to conserve the natural resources they depend upon
- Transform markets and policies to reduce the impact of the production and consumption of commodities
- Ensure that the value of nature is reflected in decisions made by individuals, communities, governments and businesses
- Mobilize hundreds of millions of people to support conservation
We at Pierotucci are using our good fortune and FORTUNATA to help WWF help Save the Earth, one bag at a time. In July we will have 80 Fortunata Designer Tote Bags on sale and the proceeds from the sale of this bag will be donated to WWF to further their efforts to Save the Earth.
It may be that (technically) the day filled with the most sunshine was yesterday, on the 20th of June as opposed to the 21st, but Pierotucci, myself and Villa Demidoff will be celebrating it tonight.
Many will be off to Villa Demidoff, a restored Florentine villa with a huge green grassy park right outside of the hot Florence city center, to indulge in some guided star gazing, refreshing cool air and some much earned relax … and well, probably some very hungry mosquitoes. I found this out by following our ex-colleague. I say you can never have TooMuchTuscany, check out her FB page for other fun updates !
The star gazing idea is enticing but personally I would prefer to be doing it in my own secluded little garden area – where I can kick back and enjoy the sounds of the vineyard, the twinkling lights of Impruneta in the distance and the astronomical delights all on my own. (OK DH will be present).
My game plan is to eat a late dinner of mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, toasted bread and some prosecco (OK LOTS of prosecco, you can never have too much prosecco). Then settle back with a huge bowl of gelato and count the stars as the come out.
$50 - cottonon.com
£49 - stylemetv.com
$59 - dorothyperkins.com
£12 - desireclothing.co.uk
$263 - theoutnet.com
$115 - macys.com
100 AUD - forevernew.com.au
$50 - modcloth.com
€175 - pierotucci.com
$108 - stevemadden.com
$22 - cusp.com
$11 - missselfridge.com
€170 - pierotucci.com
€79 - maisonsdumonde.com
$9.99 - cheerleading.com
WWF and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Australia. This high impact initiative helps protect this 345,000 square kilometres, that’s five times the size of Tasmania or larger that the United Kingdom and Ireland combined!
Great Barrier Reef facts
- 1,500 species of fish
- 411 types of hard coral
- one-third of the world’s soft corals
- 134 species of sharks and rays
- six of the world’s seven species of threatened marine turtles
- more than 30 species of marine mammals, including the vulnerable dugong.
What is the WWF’s global work?
By doing things smarter, we aim to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, preserving biodiversity so that we all benefit and enjoy our most precious gift. The Earth.
We at Pierotucci are using our good fortune and FORTUNATA to help WWF help Save the Earth, one bag at a time. In July we will have 80 Fortunata Designer Tote Bags on sale and the proceeds from the sale of this bag will be donated to WWF to further their efforts to Save the Earth and the Great Barrier Reef.
It’s true how the saying goes, the grass is always greener and that’s certainly true this time of year in Tuscany, Italy. The sunflowers are in full bloom, the countryside is bursting with lush greenery and the Cypress trees are as tall as ever.
The surroundings on my way to work at Pierotucci every morning are picturesque like out of a movie and with all this green in mind, I couldn’t help but take notice of a particular bag we have in our store.
It’s green, of course, but a very particular green, a color truly rich and unique in shade that can also be used as a neutral. In my eyes, this handbag is everything that a proper Tuscan summer should represent. This classic Italian style saddle bag was made using top quality calf skin leather with a classic Italian design, long cross body adjustable shoulder strap, and finished with hand painted terrcotta edges and a vibrant lining, it’s the perfect choice for summer. Take a look for yourself!
Well, it’s Friday evening here at Pierotucci and what does that mean? It means a weekend beach get-a-way. With the weather finally shaping up, it’s looking like a beautiful start to a Tuscan summer. And what’s a Tuscan summer if you can’t enjoy some of it on the seaside drinking capiroskas?
The destination I’ve chosen for my Tuscan seaside getaway is a little place south of Florence in Tuscany called Castiglione Della Pescaia. It’s absolutely picturesque with beautiful light blue water, white sand, and a hilltop medeival city right atop it. I plan on doing some serious sun bathing, my first of the season as a matter of fact.
Castiglione Della Pescaia is the perfect mixture of a relaxing beach experience during the day and a local Italian hangout during the night without the overwhelming amounts of tourists passing through. Take a look at where I’ll be spending my weekend of sun. Beach dreams and coconut sunscreen from Castiglione Della Pescaia
Art, shopping, and Italy, a trio of life’s unbeatable pleasures. So why not combine them all and see what you get? I’ll give you a hint…intrecciata. Intrecciata in Italian, literally meaning twisted or intertwined, is the art or technique of weaving leather. You can get a true feel for Tuscany and this Italian art form with Toscanella’s beautifully hand woven collection of men and women’s Italian leather wallets and accessories. From the men’s billfold wallet to the women’s clutch wallet this woven handwork is spectacular in look and design, giving you the perfect idea of what Italy is all about.
Reminiscent of Bottega Veneta in style, these Italian leather wallets come in four perfectly matched color combinations including a rich seven color lining, staying true to the original colors of the Toscanella collection. Each color in the collection is thoughtfully chosen to represent the vibrant earthy tones found throughout the rolling hills of Tuscany. Whether it’s the bright saffron yellow or deep olive green you get a true feeling for the Italian countryside. With such intricate detailing on the face and backside, be sure not to miss the subtle, yet thoughtful features and use of color on the inside.
Besides the unique color schemes, all of which share a terracotta colored leather woven throughout, you can also choose from three different models of wallets and accessories including a leather coin purse and key holder with the same exquisite leather work.
I, myself, favor the clutch wallet which perfectly showcases the detailed woven work and with zip around style it makes it impossible to misplace anything. Plus, it’s big enough to double as a small clutch in the evening time, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love and item that can serve more than one purpose?
Toscanella’s leather weave collection is the true definition of what an Italian artisan product should be. Made completely by hand with hours of hard work and precision, they use nothing but the best and highest quality leather, Italian leather of course! In addition to being brilliantly made they are also a part of Toscanella’s collection of limited edition pieces. So, if you’re searching for an impeccably made Italian leather wallet, look no farther than Toscanella’s Intrecciata Collection.
This article was originally posted on our favorite guest blogger’s site last week: Lipstick and Leopard Print. Please visit her frequently!
Why is it that we just assume the entire world celebrates holidays at the same time – like New Years (think Chinese), Thanksgiving (think Canadians), Valentine’s Day (think Japanese) and Father’s Day? One might think that some traditions are universal – like the value of a smile. Yet as we travel east to west and north to south we realize that, as the Italians would say, il mondo è bello perchè è vario (the world is beautiful because everywhere is different!).
The Russians are the first to celebrate Father’s Day with a hip hip hooray on 23 January. In Italy, as in most Catholic based countries, it is the Festa di San Giuseppe (aka 19 March the holy day for St. Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus) which corresponds to Father’s Day and for many countries (though not everyone!) it corresponds to the third Sunday in June – and this year that means the 17th.
And how do the Italian’s celebrate la Festa del Papà? With food of course and then clothing and not necessarily in that order. In Tuscany – although pretty much everywhere in Italy – they make little rice fritters (sometimes adding raisins, pine nuts and flour…as always it depends on where you are to the exact ingredients.) I have personally fallen for this recipe here:
Frittelle di riso di San Giuseppe Ingredients:
-200 g rice (for milk rice)
-600 g whole milk
-300 g water
-2 egg yolks
-2 egg whites
-80 g butter
-80 g sugar
-zest of one lemon
-zest of one orange
-2 tbsp vin santo
-1/2 tsp of salt
- raisins/pine nuts to taste
-granulated sugar to cover your fritters
Mix milk, water, zests, half of the sugar and butter in a pot and bring to a boil. Add the rice and cook at low heat until all the liquid is gone. Add the rest of sugar and butter, stir well, cover the pot with a lid and keep covered until the next day. ATTENTION: This batter is absolutely delicious at this stage and if left unattended for long periods of time, it will slowly disappear one spoonful at a time – it closely resembles rice pudding.
The next day add the liquor, the yolks and the whites whipped (raisins and pine nuts if you like). If you add raisins, be careful of the oil, as the raisins start to cook they have a tendency to splatter hot oil. The batter should have a thick fritter like texture, if necessary add a little flour to thicken it up. Deep-fry spoonfuls of rice in hot oil until golden brown. Sprinkle sugar and eat.
And with Italian men, you can’t go wrong if after you offer them food, you shower them with gifts of stylish leather clothing. Now is the season to start looking at all the new fashion collections coming out for Spring and Summer. My bet is on a lightweight Italian leather jacket from Florence, this style in particular is a new look that reminds me of the Rick Owen’s clothing line.
My second choice is something that reflect a spring / summer trend perfect for the warmer weather :
The Pierotucci Italian Leather Factory proudly carries on the Florentine tradition of designing, assembling and selling handmade genuine Italian leather bags, jackets and accessories such as wallets, gloves and belts. They are based in Florence and surrounded by the beauty of the Chianti vineyards, the perfume of delicious food and a culture rich in art and craftsmanship.