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Pierotucci is offering you a visual homage to that very special lady, mixing some of Mom’s favorite things. Here we offer you a bouquet of Italian leather handbags for the heart of Tuscany. Best wishes – and Happy days!
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.
Just take a look and among the emerging fashion trends for 2013 you will see the intricate piece work or perhaps better known as patchwork. A classic design used frequently with geometrical shapes to form larger designs in repeating or variations of colors. Many will know of it as a creative way to recuperate scraps of material, simply think of the art of patchwork quilts. However not all designs are geometric in form – have a look at what Proenza has been showing on the catwalks. It’s clear from Vouge to Proenza to Givenchy, patchwork is in the air.
Shapes and prints mixed together for Proenza and Vogue to create a visual effect of blending colors. Whereas Givenchy uses stark contrasts and solid colors to accent the patchwork effect. 2013 is sure to highlight this age old craft and bring it to new heights.
The designer leather handbag FORTUNATA was certainly a forerunner for the Pierotucci collection exploring options on how to recuperate smaller pieces of precious leathers, embossed leather, printed leathers and top quality leather leftovers. The quartered pattern for the Fortunata handbag lent itself to re-utilizing smaller pieces by creating unique – one of a kind handbags / tote bags with personalized lining. The front and back panel of each handbag is divided into 4 sections which allows the cutter to utilize pieces from various productions to produce a total new design.
End result – the scraps kept getting smaller, so the Pierotucci design staff went back to the drawing board and created a pattern for the front and back panels of this one of a kind Italian leather handbag to come up with the miniature patchwork version. This manual intensive pattern is created right in the Pierotucci leather factory where each square is hand cut then matched up to create a totally unique and never seen before (and to be seen again) patchwork panel for the front and back of these limited edition handbags.
Once production is finished for the FORTUNATA leather handbag with the larger panel, the left over leather pieces are organized by color and pattern. The master craftsman then proceeds to cut smaller squares and stores them until he reaches the necessary quantity Each panel is made of 6 across and 7 down with a mix of up to 21 different types of leathers. The patchwork design on each panel is unique and repeated front and back – but not repeated for another bag thus the FORTUANTA label on the front will always reflect that this is the first and only bag in production of this type. This work is intensive manual labor but there is no way you can create so much beauty without a bit of effort!
It’s easy to confuse the concept designer with designer brand but, the difference is fundamental to understanding exactly what you are getting at the check out line. We all like the idea of having a handbag slung over our shoulder that has that Chanel look (and better yet, name tag) or a pair of those unforgettable shoes with the red sole.
Tell the truth, how many times has the word designer handbag caught your attention on a description or a label…and after a better examination you were left still wonder “which designer” it was?
Perhaps this is because with the onslaught of internet marketing techniques tinging the “real” world, our senses have become overloaded with the keyword concept. So much so, that we have become just as sensitive to these little guys as Yahoo! and Google. What does this mean for you and me? Basically, one needs to become even more savoy and inquisitive, establishing the true idea behind the word so that when we are shopping we will be comparing apples with apples . . . so to speak.
Three key phrases to identify:
Designer, a word that says so much – yet means so little! It’s flashy, it makes an impact BUT means virtually nothing . . . out of the ordinary that it is. For example if you are talking handbags it would translate into a bag produced in mass which has been created to specs, normally specialized in color model and / or size. Ahhh dahh – that kind of sums up like 95% of the handbags out there. But advertisers are banking on the fact that when one reads designer they translate the word automatically into Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior or Caterina Lucchi.
Customized, now this word offers just a little more meat to it. Just as the word suggests, this normally means something has been changed in the fundamental design. It also normally suggests a limited production (this always reminds me of THE unforgettable words of Sean Connery in Hunt for Red October, “one ping and one ping only please” I know it probably has more to do with adoration of Sean then the actually phrase itself ). However, back to our example of handbags, a customized leather handbag can (but normally not) be produced in mass BUT has been modified to specs, normally specialized in color model and / or size.
Designer Brand. Now this is probably where most people automatically arrive when they see the word just the word “designer” AND of course this is where those that use the word want you to arrive. They are working on the assumption that the average Joe shopper will take for granted that if the tag says designer that it is indeed a designer brand or rather a bag produced in mass under a name such as Prada, Furla or Gucci. But few have the real power behind them to use this word in its true sense.
It’s all really comes down to understanding your keywords and knowing what you are looking for. What do you look for most in a bag: the designer brand name or the designer qualities such as size, shape, etc. for everyday use?
Deep rich jewel colors are showing up in the Pierotucci ladies Italian leather handbag collections and here are some of the first images. This leather is a top calf with a rough finish to it dyed in natural colors, like green, gray and chestnut. These colors are new for winter 2013 and will be available in limited quantities. Check out our site for more information.
Fall in Central Park, the outline of skyscrapers against the blue sky, leaves drifting to the ground, the smell of your favorite leather jacket and the memories of your first love . . . New York City.
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.
They’re handbags. The perfect Italian leather handbag. There is a lot of work that goes into this so called “dream bag” from conception to each and every one of the final touches. So where to start when conceptualizing a new handbag or new collection for that matter, you ask? Well, I’ll tell you.
At Pierotucci we spend time, first, trying to understand what it is the client wants, that’s you. Pretty basic, right? But this kind of knowledge can take extensive research and exploring. Once we have and idea, it’s not long before we put or designers to work, sketching new designs that are sure to catch your eye. Whether it’s one or fifty new handbags we want to create, a pattern is cut so a model bag can be created for each and every new design that has been sketched. This is the best way to understand how easy or difficult the bag will be to construct, if there are any potential flaws, how and it helps us understand how we can improve the design, by possibly adjusting the height or doubling the stitching in a particular spot, for example, so the handbag is not only gorgerous but sturdy.
Take a look at how the magic happens in our factory. I, personally, love these photos because you can imagine just how much work has gone into a finished bag and see what it looked like at the beginning stages.
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
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