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I’d say we are all working hard to get the last of the bags cut and assembled before we all head out to the beach for a few weeks of well earned relax and vacation! Marco is following up on the prep work that Betta started for the FORTUNATA Italian leather handbags. All the odd sized pieces of leather that are being used for the Fortunata Tote bag are gathered together and then Marco cuts the pattern pieces according to the detailed planning sheet. He needs to be sure to have had his cup of expresso – because he needs to be wide awake, since the colors can change for every bag he needs to be continuously counting out the pattern pieces and making sure that the colors are all homogeneous when working with a limited amount of Italian leather.
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.
It’s just a little over a year since we have come out with our latest designer handbag model, the Fortunata Designer Tote Bag. Unique in many ways, this bag actually requires more prep work than any other Italian leather handbag we produce. This prep time is primarily due to the constantly changing aspect of the handbag. By definition this is a limited edition bag, we make only enough bags to consume that particular leather – when it is finished, no more bags. This means that each bag needs to be profiled ex-nuovo, or rather each time we get a new type of leather, then we need to rematch it with the accent leather, the lining and the hardware such as zips and threads. Since the concept of this bag was to “recuperate” what we have in house, that means that all zips and canvas to make the removeable and adjustable straps come from stock.
Above you can see Betta studying the work-up sheets and matching colored zips to the one of the elements of the bag (lining, primary leather or accent leather). It takes a lot of patience, a good memory for what Pierotucci has in stock and a trained eye for color combinations . . . and Betta would say some killer butt muscels for climbing up and down the ladder to search for just the right combo
Today we have Marco working on cutting the pieces for one of our Campo dei Fiori messenger bag models. These Italian leather handbags are made from lambskin which has been digitally printed with our unique “Campo dei Fiori” design in pastel colors, accented with a tobacco colored vachetta leather. Above you can see Marco manually cutting the front panel of the bag. The pieces of leather that are used for these bags are considerable smaller and thus are cut by hand in order to assure that we utilize the each piece to the max and minimize the waste. He will also make sure that each piece is not cut too close to the edges where the leather will tend to be thinner thus putting the quality of the entire bag at risk.