Archive for August, 2012
Perhaps one of my favorite seasons comes with an explosion of warm colors, rich earthy smells and crisp color air on blustery days. Thinking ahead to our Labor Day celebration and what I would like to be wearing. What are you going to be doing for Labor day?
September is quick upon us and our thoughts strat turning from sunny beaches and long nights under the stars to the fresh crisp scent of fall and leather jackets. I know I always equate the cooler temps with cashmere sweaters, cords and the feel of soft nappa leather keeping me warm. What does the on set of fall remind you of?
€150 - coggles.com
€315 - nordstrom.com
€115 - nelly.com
€48 - zgallerie.com
We will be inserting a new addition to our Italian leather collection from, but we are stomped and this is where y’all come in…
After having lived in Italy for over 20 years, I find that my once incredible English vocab (OK, anyone who really knows me will remember that my high school nickname was “English as a Second Language” and may feel inclined to laugh at my self evaluation but it’s true: I’ve quite an extensive vocab AND I happen to be a proud graduate of Florida International University in both English lit and International relations … so …. there …)
I am looking at these new shoes and I find myself discussing with my colleague (well, one could say arguing . . . but she is English and they don’t argue, they only disagree) the correct word to describe these shoes -
please help us choose?
I am already a fan of the washed leather look from Campomaggi so when they showed me this north south tote bag with a few special features and lots of Italian appeal – it was as the Italians would say, sfondere una porta aperta, in other words using a battering ramp to on an open door.
What was there not to like? The size is ideal for carrying the iPad, Netbook or laptop as well a some notebooks or text books. There are handy internal organizing pockets for pens, pencils, Smart phone or iPod and a soft cotton lining to protect all my electronic accessories.
Practical yet aesthetically appealing are the layered external pockets with flap topa and buckles to keep them securely closed. The pockets add to the rugged country charm, yet give it a busy look. Especially convenient is the adjustable shoulder strap that can be clipped on with the heavy duty antique brass colored metal clip. The rolled leather handle comfortably fits on the shoulder, but it is a comfortable alternative to be able to wear it as a cross body bag, especially on the long haul.
Perhaps the detail that truly caught my attention was the unique zip security latch. I can easy see this bag as the perfect companion on campus but I wouldn’t exclude this Campomaggi tote bag as an ideal travel companion and with this chain and hook to secure a closed zip makes it safe for not losing bits and pieces along the route.
Even though Campomaggi bags have a tendency to be on the heavy side, I would say that this bag is not excessive for its size and won’t wear you out carrying it from one side of the campus to the other or from one end of the airport to another.
The only downer is that Campomaggi has been running a back log of orders, and if you don’t find it in stock – you need to wait for the next delivery. In fact, Pierotucci offers a waiting list if the selected Campomaggi is not immediately available – along with free shipping on almost all of their Campomaggi bags – this one is no exception.
This bag has made it to my wish list -and even if it does arrive in time for the class bell, I will be just as enthusiastic to find it under the Christmas tree.
Any man who can take the time to relax just so that they can enjoy a sunset is worth the time to get to know better . . . and if he dresses with an Italian leather jacket, has two glasses and a bottle of bubblesin a wicker basket with a romantic throw blanket,
then he must be a dream come true!
€38 - asos.com
€605 - bloomingdales.com
€270 - thecorner.com
€115 - nelly.com
Normally the last week of August signals the “re-entry” of thousands and thousands of Italians.
Re-entry translates into coming back home, going back to work and soon, back to school. Some, like myself, made the move a little early…but many will be piling up their cars – packing their luggage and heading towards a sweltering hot house which has been closed up for 2 to 3 weeks, everything covered in dust bunnies and spiderwebs and ! Traffic will slow down, exit ramps from the major highway will back up (sometimes even 20 km of cars lined up!!) and people will start trickling into the cities and towns.
When I first arrived in Italy, I was struck by the concept that everything has it’s “time” and with the passing of the years have truly come to appreciate, and actually look forward to, the way things fall into seasons. Sometimes with the dawn of technology we lose track of enjoying the feel and taste of each moment as it happens. Everyone in Italy just seems to know melon and proscuitto / tomato and mozzerrella are for the summer or leather jackets and boots are for the fall. Maybe coming from Miami, where there were no season (well of course there are seasons, but they are MUCH less noticable) makes me even more keen to this flow.
So now begins the season of vino novello, porcini mushrooms, figs and speck and changing your wardrobe to include earthy Tuscan colors, Italian leather (of course it’s Italian leather … we are in Italy) and wool sweaters. With the searing temps we’ve been experiencing lately I believe the wool sweaters will be on “stand-by” but the everything else is on its way.
This weekend I will be watching the first game of the season (soccer season will officially begin on Saturday) with a group of friends . . . looking forward to the upcoming delights like the first fresh pears of the season, the perfume of people canning their tomatoes and the dream of chestnuts, polenta and the first wine of the season…..
No outfit is complete without attention to the details, the very same details that speak of your personality, what you want out of life and how you like to look. We put together a list of our top 8 Italian leather accessories ranging from the Classic Florentine coin purse to our iPad pouch.
It was a rude awakening when I got off the flight at the Florence Airport and the 30°C temps slammed me in the face at 10:45 at night! No luck if I thought arriving at night would help lessen the blow. So, not only is the vacation over but I feel like we are roasting (just sprinkle some Italian rosemary on me and add a few potatoes!)
Our production department is still relaxing on some exotic beach somewhere (at least I hope for them but here in sales we are reveving up for a End of Summer Sale where we will be featuring our Italian leather handbags for lots of back to school and back to work special deals!
One of my favorite Italian leather bags for back to school . . . ah those were there days . . . includes this Toscanella leather briefcase in a rich dark brown. This handcrafted leather bag has 2 compartments and several organizing pockets. The rolled leather top handle is easy and comfortable when the bag is loaded, it is also sturdy with with double stitched reinforcement on the metal buckles. Even though this bag is made from a vegetable dyed vacchetta leather you will find it surprising light weight – compared to, for example, the Campomaggi washed leather briefcases.
I especially like the unique zipper pull on the front pocket which doesn’t disturb the overall clean lines in the bag and is easy to open and close and hides the stark contrast of the metal zip to the luxury leather detailing.
Well, at least let us help you find the handbag of your dreams. Check out these bags for every occasion, each with their individual style and furthermore all very versatile.
$335 - pierotucci.com
$520 - pierotucci.com
$335 - pierotucci.com
$285 - pierotucci.com
$285 - pierotucci.com
$255 - pierotucci.com
$255 - pierotucci.com
In one corner we have Italian designer Marco Campomaggi, in the opposing corner we have Italian designer Caterina Lucchi. Yes, it’s true, not only are these two very talented Italian handbag designers but they’re also husband and wife. While their handbags do share some similarities, for the most part, they each have a very distictive style that can’t be mistaken. So who do you prefer, Campomaggi, a vintage looking collection that uses washed leather and natural colors, typically more unisex in style or Caterina Lucchi, a handbag line unmistakably feminine that combines washed leather in an array of unique colors?