Archive for category Toscanella
Each handbag goes through 4 phases before it can be checked at quality control, and packed up for storage in the warehouse.
First the leather, lining and in this case the canvas accents needs to be cut. Secondly, all cut pieces of leather need to be sealed, pressed, punched with holes and sanded down. Third on the list is the accessories for each bag need to be counted out, this includes the zips, the straps, the snaps and handles. The last step is the assembly of the bag – starting from the inside out – each bag is composed by putting together first the lining, then the leather casing and finally all accessories and name plates.
In this photo you can see Marina working on the outer panels of the our Toscanella canvas and Italian leather tote with removable shoulder straps.
A photo is certainly what will catch your eye faster than a wordy or detailed title, but if you are going to buy you need to read in between the illusions in the title and the hype in the description. A good product description is absolutely a must ! Of course there are those who will play with innuendos and double meanings in a description in order to hood you but then once you get your package – rip open the box and pull it out . . . there is always that tell tale slump of the shoulders, turn at the mouth and general sense of disappointment because you “thought” you read one thing, the picture seemed to show you what you were reading yet the final product just doesn’t match up.
We were recently pulled into this drama while flipping through runway photos of the new FW 2013 lines of several top designers when we found a bag that we just adored. Particularly appealing was the use of contrasting colors and the design was reminiscent of Bottega Veneta, Cosci (now defunct) and Pierotucci. We downloaded the photo to use in a blog post – similar to this one. But then today – another photo (different angle) of the same product opened our eyes to the fundamental difference . . . and this is where a detailed ACCURATE description makes all the difference.
The second photo labeled the bag as a braided leather effect. First off, braided leather? Is English their first language? When I checked out the Webster definition
Braided = Interlace three or more strands of (hair or other flexible material) to form a length
. . . and
Weave: interlacing long threads passing in one direction with others at a right angle to them. When I was 9, I would braid my hair and it in no way resembled this Givenchy pocket clutch.
The second thing was the use of the word “effect.”
Have a look at the photo and the truth comes out. From the point of view of the above image it appears as if there are actually two different pieces being put together.
But alas, with the wonders of modern photgraphy AND with these up close images on the web sites I was actually able to see that the word effect was just another way of saying – embossed! It was a printed weave effect on the bag, not even a true weave. This purchase would have 100% resulted in one very unhappy shopper.
Looking at the detail you can even see that the paint job was a little haphazard – only making you really wonder how long the color would last with continual use of the bag.
From the photo I would have thought that the final product was closer to a Cosci leather handbag. If you lool at the photo of the designer handbag below you can actually see the two different pieces.
Last year Toscanella Italian leather accessories came to the market with a weave using three different colors in a weave to create a unique one of a kind image. There are four different color patterns, using a terracotta chamios intertwined with 2 of the seven main colors of vegetable tanned leather. Now this is a true weave and one where the colors will truly stand up to the test of time.
sunflower. . . and I am here to tell you that
though many like to combine these two things as if it were the only flower that ever bloomed in all of Tuscany (yes they do bloom and it’s for a very short period in July and some part of August.) Sunflowers are by no means the only flower in all of Tuscany. You can also find orchids, iris, fired zucchini flowers (yum, but off the subject) and ….
my all time favorite wild flower – possibly because Fall is my favorite time of the year – the yellow ox eye daisies. These beauties sprout up along side the road and fields of grain. They are bright and colorful. The shade of yellow is every so slightly towards the orange side, giving it one of those classic fall colors. And they are resistant. If you pick them and pop them in a vase, they will last …. for what seems like forever.
So when Pierotucci talks about the 7 classic colors of Tuscany which make up the Pierotucci collection of Toscanella Italian leather handbags and accessories one might think that the yellow hue refers to those bobbing sunflowers but I perfer to see it as the classic yellow heliopsis (aka black eyed susan), which resembles the sun and has yellow petals (that darken towards the tip) with darker centers or eye. When you look at any of the Toscanella Italian leather tote bags or handbags you can see how this warm yellow is reminiscent of the black eyed susan’s. In fact, this vegetable tanned yellow colored leather shows darker and lighter hues depending on the lighting. And when combined with the terracotta colored edging its clear there is a call back to this lovely wild flower.
This shade of yellow is as versatile as a classic black or dark brown. Surely, it’s not to be considered a neutral color but this color matches well with so many of those standard Fall colors (shades of brown, biege, orange, dark green and black). Just think of adding a pair of Porselli ballet flats or a canvas and Italian leather belt to those othersie droll fall colors and see what happens.
It is exactly the perfect color for accessorizing. Combine this color with some neutral Fall colors and you have not only a splash of color – but a personality statement. A bold color that has forever represented excellence - simply think of a gold medal!
It’s also a color which has also traditionally conveys the idea of warmth and cheerfulness . . . which are exactly what one is looking to say when those fall temps start to shift.
In otherwords, I am here to say that though sunflowers are spectacular AND meticulously cultivated in Tuscany it is perhaps the wild beauty of a yellow daisy that truly captures the rustic elegance of the Toscanella Italian leather handbags.
Today we are producing a classic for our Toscanella line, the Italians call it the Vespa Bag but we call it a leather messenger bag, with cross body canvas strap. Yesterday she worked on the interior of the bag inserting the zipped pocket and the remodelled cell phone holder, now made to hold iPhones and Smart phones. Below you can see her hammering in the holes for the side panels where the adjustable canvas strap will eventually be attached. Renza knows she is next in line for our leather seamstress, so she is now connecting the front and back panel to the side panel with our holding glue so that it can sit a bit and them be sewn up by Marina.
This classic messenger bag will then go over to Renato who will sand the edges down and paint them with our signature terracotta colored sealant. When we go into production with a bag like this we will produce anywhere from 5 – 10 pieces per color. The Toscanella line highlights seven colors which were inspired by the Tuscan countryside – black, dark brown, tobacco, green, beige, saffron and ivory…and the word is that our designers are looking to add a new color for the 2012 fall season…what color would you like to see
Just as I promised, we are checking back in with a few photos of how this bag finished up the afternoon. As you can see Renza finished with the lining, and moved on to put the front and back panels together. Anyone who sews, knows how difficult it can be to keep the edges matched up and to make sure the seams meet straight on – so in order to help our seamstress we use a potent glue that not only helps the sewing to go smoothly but adds strength to the seams making it a study bag.
Once the seams have been sewn together the bag is passed over to Renato who smooths down the edges and the paints them with a terracotta color to add “personality to the bag” but more importantly to help protect the leather from absorbing too much humidity, keeping it safe from the elements. In the meantime Renza has prepared the handles, and as soon as the Italian leather handbag and paint are drive she will put them together.
Renza started working on these adorable mini Italian leather handbags yesterday evening, she started by prepping the zip pulls and sewing the the top zip on to the front and back panel. Today she will finish these little guys up so that they can be put into the store tomorrow morning. She is setting the glue to the panels that will hold the (silver) lining in place on this Toscanella top zip mini hobo bag as the components of the bag are assembled.
Then before she can go any further these pieces are sent over to Marina who will secure the lining with a perfect row of stitches…note as I update you during the day on this bags progress, how many times she will take this in hand – yet you will never be able to find the first stitch on this mini Italian leather hobo bag.
Daniela is working our first line of quality control on one of our Italian leather hobo bags made from a mix of vegetable tanned vachetta leather and a sturdy suede like canvas in shades of taupe. The mix between canvas and leather, offers a lightweight yet artisanal alternative to an all Italian leather handbag.
As this Canvas and Leather hobo bag from our Toscanella line, goes through each phase of production it is carefully examined to catch any stray threads or double stitching. Before passing on to the next phase each piece will be inspected and all extra threads will be meticulously cut or pulled out so that the final product will have a smooth flow. In fact, if you examine a top quality Italian leather handbag you will not be able to tell where the first stitch initiated, because an expert seamstress will be able to hide it well!
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!
gets you bright and loud and flashy,
$375 – mytheresa.com
$305 – stylebop.com
$138 – simplysoles.com
$439 – pierotucci.com
$36 – topshop.com
Let it snow -
€797 - ekseption.es
$2,235 - miumiu.com
£190 - net-a-porter.com
$225 - sperrytopsider.com
€395 - pierotucci.com
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