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The design of the jacket is gorgeous, the fit is perfect and the color is exactly what you want but, when you look at the label and it says made with nappalan – and you begin to wonder “are you really getting genuine leather?”
The answer is a resounding YES.
Nappalan is the process that leather – more specifically suede leather – goes through to produce a finished product that has a soft, silky feel to it.
The word suede leather comes from the French phrase gant de Suède which literally means gloves from Sweden. Apparently the Swedes were well known in the late 1800′s as some of the first to produce gloves out of a distinctly soft and specialized leather – thus this is why the French attributed this type of leather with the word Suède. Suede is nothing less than the flesh side of the skin (in many cases lambskin though it can be calf or goat as well) that has been rubbed till it has a velvety nap to it. Since suede leather is deprived of the more durable exterior skin layer, it is less resistant however the up side is that it is much softer than standard (“full-grain”) leather.
Nappalan is created when this side has been treated with a special process. The suede leather is finished with either a clear or colored coating that will leave either a matte, or in some cases a shiny look. The final result is a piece of leather that comes close to a silk-like texture. This flesh-side finishing process enhances the appearance, the texture and the use of the leather making it ideal for leather jackets.
We use nappalan for jackets that are both lightweight and where the design requires the final product to have a flowing effect. M. Galli, Pierotucci Master Leather Craftsman
Nappalan is considered a “precious” leather and is superbly soft often with a pigmented coating. Note the lovely colors available for leather jackets for men and women with matte colors such as bordeaux, green and blu. As for the care of this type of leather, it is expected that after a certain amount of wear, some of the surface finish will shed; leaving a distressed appearance. This is considered a normal and desired effect of Nappalan since it will enhance the suppleness of the skin even though it adds a rugged, natural appearance to the leather. It should be well noted that this type of leather will not benefit from the application of any after care products.
Making the cut is the first step to a quality leather handbag or, in the case, messenger bag. Using a genuine soft grain leather with an embossed pattern which we call buffalo, you can see Marco in the first part measuring out the pattern pieces of this men’s messenger bag which he will then hand-cut with his coltello. He will examine each hide that he lays out for the a homogeneous color and no unusual markings. Normally a piece of leather in this style will have a uniform color – but to assure a high quality finished product special attention is paid to every step, his quick eye will notice if there are any strange or accented marking that will be too obvious once the bag is assembled.
After all the pieces have been assembled they are passed over to Renato, who has worked years in the area of prepping the pattern pieces for the final assembly. This messenger bag that they are cutting (1288-BU) is the large size and that means that the larger pieces of leather need an interior support to be sure they maintain their form in use. Renato adds a feather-light adhesive support to all major components of this bag – you could say that he is adding a little bit of skeleton support to this messenger bag. Once this step is done it will pass over to our leather craftswomen (and man) who work on assembling and sewing the bag together.
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Featuring a roomy hand tote bag from FRANCESCO BIASIA in February red with patent black leather handles. Made from a soft and supple leather, this viscose lined ladies tote bag is just the trick for chasing away those winter Monaco blues! Francesco Biasia is line of Italian leather handbags which has recently be taken over by the ever so colorful Braccialini designers. The designs of F. Biasia have a tendency to offer classical styles for a mature shopper. They can make an easy transition from the board room to the happy hour with their elegance and design.
What’s different? The size of this Italian leather bag with the easy top zip closure is a nice contrast to the lightweight nature of the bag. This means you can load it up with tons of stuff and still carry it around easily.
What’s there to like about this Italian leather handbag? It has a black base in a sturdy leather to protect it from scuffing. The broad base makes assures a good balance when you set it down, making sure it won’t accidentally tip over.
What would be different? A bag this size would probably benefit from a shoulder strap. However the drop on the handles is large enough to comfortably slip over the shoulder if necessary.
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In all its washed leather glory, Campomaggi once again provides us with a cross body messenger bag meant to impress. Perhaps the size says it all, not too large so you won’t confuse it with a business bag yet with a decorative buckle and strap which adds a touch of casual class. The bag highlights all the “natural” imperfections which come along with the trademark Campomaggi washed leather such as uneven coloring and distorted sizing but these are characteristics that add to the personality of the bag – and perhaps distinguish it as a one of a kind. However if size is important, always ask the sales staff for the precise measurements of the bag you are receiving because the variation in size can vary from 2 -3 cm from bag to bag.
All in all, what’s not to like about this bag, weighing in at less than one kilo? This cross body bag is a comfortable carry with the adjustable all leather shoulder strap. The details with the Campomaggi bag snaps and hardware in an antique brass color are the perfect match to the deep earthy shades of Italian washed leather. Available in varying shades of cognac leather or dark brown leather. If color is important, it would always be best to speak directly to the sales staff – have them send a photo of one of the Italian leather bags.
Don’t be fooled by the front buckle, the flap actually closes securely with a magnetic snap. The inside of the bag is all cotton lined making it easy to keep clean. The interior compartment has one secure zipped pocket with a pull tab and the phone pocket will comfortably hold a Smart phone or iPhone – tested right here in the shop, the phone will easily slip in and just as easily retrieved.
What’s different? Compare to many other Campomaggi messenger bag, this particular bags has contrast stitching on the external seams including the darts at the base which give the bag it’s depth. The external seams add to the slimness of the bag accenting the fact that the bag is intended for casual wear and not as a heavy duty tote.
What’s there to like? There is an easy to get to back pocket, with a secure zip closure and a long pull tab for quick open and close action. This pocket is lined in the characteristic brown cotton and the soft texture of the material is definitely a plus for keeping your electrical – technological gadgets.
What would could be different? The front buckle, definitely a signature of the Campomaggi bags is a bit awkward and the prong of the buckle sticks out at a strange angle. If the bag isn’t filled, it has a tendency to “flop” around and look a bit unsightly. Easily rectified once you throw in your wallet, phone, (make-up … or smokes).
When compared to other Campomaggi bags, the price is right for its size and if you mentioned that you saw this review – we will guarantee free shipping on the bag.
Then showing up at the airport and buying the next flight out.
A weekend – that is three days – of surprises, surprises and more surprises.
Campomaggi overnight travel bag, would be the perfect accessory since it converts well from a pieces of hand luggage to a walk around town travel tote.
First stop … Prague, maybe. how about you?
It might be the same jacket as last year – but y’know what they say: if it ain’t broke, then…don’t change it ! This lightweight ladies designer leather jacket has been one of our best sellers for the last three years and the reason is?
The design is simple. It is something that you can add to your wardrobe and be able to use year after year after year. The clean cut and silver colored hardware accents add movement but not too much so that it appeals to all age groups.
It accents your figure. If you notice the seams and edges you will see that they are sewn on the raw edge, slenderizing the jacket thus slenderizing the wearer as well. No bulky cuff or arm seams to stick out, this jacket offers clean curves that make you look sexier than ever. Even with the front pockets, this unique seam method has them lay flat making sure the only thing that gets second looks are your curves!
It’s lightweight. Which means you can wear it all the time! With the viscose lining this jacket is a comfortable fit even if you wear it more like a shirt than a jacket. The nappa lambskin leather is soft and smooth – practically a feather compared to a heavier washed leather.
Colors are ageless. We started selling this jacket in brown, gray and green. Green was a bit avant gard for many but we were surprised to find that it was still a big hit. Then we added black, because … well because a black leather jacket – is just that, a classic. For our New 2013 Collection we have added three new shades each with the same washed looked about them. You will find the Italian leather jacket in the same classic colors – gray, green and black but now there is also a bordeaux (or wine colored leather), a taupe which has light purple highlights in the streaking and a deep ocean blue.
The feel of the leather. In fact, this particular type of leather helps to make this jacket such a success. It has a mottled look to it and we describe it as being vintage inspired. However once you touch the leather and slip it on – it is divine!
It’s Italian! and though style and class translate well enough in photos, its never the same as preening in front of the mirror ! Comm’on ladies, we all know how much fun it is to go shopping and try things on – especially when look so good on! This jacket is true to size and wears well so trying it on only makes the whole experience so much more fun.
Whatever happened to simple normal color names like orange, black, blue? I came to a rude awakening while coloring with my nieces and nephews this holiday season when we opened a brand new box of Crayola Crayons. (Do you remember the excitement of getting to use the colors for the very first time? Ahh, the memories, one of my all time favorite colors was periwinkle – a shade of blue for those of you who don’t know).
Anyway I digress, I was searching through the colors looking for periwinkle and came up with the color eggplant.
I ask you, whatever happened to periwinkle blue? Now you have colors like wild strawberry and tangerine tango! How many of us have ever even seen a wild strawberry? … I was 28 when I saw my first “wild” strawberry…. I recently read that the smell of Crayloa crayons was one of the most recognized scents for adults, but would they recognized a Crayloa crayon called asparagus?
Working with our 10 shades of Italian style, we are on our 4th installment of colorful leather gloves for women and men from the Pierotucci sample glove collection. 10 styles in 10 shades of orange … go0d - old-fashion … orange. This rich shade colored 2012 and all the major catwalks during fashion week and lined designer shelves left and right. And it is still present this year, especially for the men . . but of course you wouldn’t get a guy wearing tangerine tango, and thus it has been renamed, ”safety orange.”
In any case here is a sampling of the orange colored gloves in leather and suede from Pierotucci:
After you have picked out “the” model from all the possible designs, selected the color combinations, sorted out the hardware and created the first pattern – the next step to making a new style Italian leather handbag is the cutting of the material.
In the case of cutting a leather handbag, the size of the leather, the color, the grain, the thickness and the size of the pattern pieces all come into play. It is essential to have an experienced hand welding the knife.
It is a little bit easier when cutting a standard width roll of material – which is homogeneous in color, texture, size and pattern though if the pattern is complex and has many twists and turns a steady hand will make the difference between pieces that are sewable and pieces that . . . aren’t.
When cutting by hand, a rigid pattern piece is first cut from thick cardboard. It will then get laid out on the material in a way that will maximize the material in the best possible manner leaving as little as possible for scrap. If the material has a “nap” to it, the direction will be indicated on the pattern piece so that all of the pieces flow in the same direction. Below it is possible to view Marco cutting the center piece to the Toscanella Children’s backpack in the canvas line. The material used in these sturdy bags has a feel to it almost like a crushed velvet or stiff suede – so he will take care to be sure that each piece is cut in the correct direction.
In the video below Renzo, one of our Master craftsman cutting the material for a new model about to come out in the Toscanella collection in February 2013. The material to be used in this Italian leather handbag is an felted wool which has been a tradition in the Casentino Valley (located about an hour southeast of Florence Italy) for several centuries. Tuscany has always had a strong tradition working sheep and their by products namely milk (in the form of pecorino cheese) and wool. The distinctive color of the “tessuto Casentinese” is just one of the reasons that this material is so popular with the Italians in Tuscany. But perhaps the original material was appreciated for its high wear resistance and weatherproof, and was adapted to the needs of those who had to live on the road or spend out in the open, most of the day.
Next time we tell the secret of how this particular color came to part of history here in Tuscany, Italy.
Here at Pierotucci we use several types of high quality Italian leather, both lambskin and calfskin included. It’s not a matter of one being better than the other, as both leathers are considered a luxury material, but there are in fact several differences between the two. As a general rule of thumb, we typically stick to using lambskin for leather garments such as jackets and coats and calfskin for handbags, wallets, and other leather accessories. The reason behind this is quite simple. Lambskin is a much softer, buttery type of leather and also much more light weight, easily forming to the body. You wouldn’t want to put on a jacket that weighed you down to the floor, would you? Calfskin however, is a tougher and thicker leather than lambskin, therefore better for handbags because the leather retains its shape more easily. Beyond the idea that lambskin is ultimately best for garments and calfskin for handbags, lambskin is also very insulative and protective, especially for its thiness. It stands up to cold climates better than any other synthetic material, which makes it the obvious choice for leather jackets. In comparison, calfskin is soft (although typically not as soft as lambskin) while remaining highly durable, making it good for harsh conditions and withstanding abrasions. So, the next time your’re out and about shopping for leather, feel the texture of it, look at the thickness, see how heavy it is and soon you will be a leather expert too.
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