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Handmade quality Italian leather handbags, jackets and accessories for kids and toddlers
Perhaps nothing is more delightful than dressing your toddler, niece, nephew, godson or goddaughter in adorable clothing! Especially when you have the satisfaction of knowing that the selection is quality handmade products that use only the safest and best raw material. The selection of available pint size Italian leather accessories for children are growing every season to extend not only to fashionable cloth, jackets and shoes but to include tote bags, backpacks and messenger bags. Designed to fit smaller hands yet keep secure their largest treasures.
Playing dress up was part of every little girls growing experience, imitating her Mommy with a big girl handbag and high heel shoes. Today’s little girls are no different than yesteryear, always looking for that special something that makes them feel all grown-up. Perhaps though today’s kids are more practical because they are looking for not only something that “looks just like Dad’s” but that will hold all of their gadgets, books and traveling toys. As they grow older these bags from their childhood will remain as memories of the fun they had playing around.
Today’s kids fashion has evolved from infantile designs to include colors, textures and styles that are not only fashionable and trendy but convenient and practical. Be it kids luggage with bright colors and a multitude of pockets to bags for girls with sophisticated designs and multiple carrying options – fashion for kids is definitely on the upswing. Pierotucci has taken some of its more famous designs and restructured them to be suitable for toddlers, children and young boys and girls.
Starting with the FORTUNATA TOTE BAG, a huge success for the adult market this leather handbag has 4 different carrying options making it extremely versatile. This same model is now available in: Fortunata Baby. Re dimensioned for toddlers between the age of 2 – 12 years old this limited edition and totally unique leather tote bag for kids will bring a smile to any child’s face. A complete replica of the larger version, these bags for kids have a good luck charm, a removable and adjustable shoulder strap and each one is numbered – making them a one of a kind bag.
The options don’t stop here. Toscanella has opened the doors to bags for kids in 100% vegetable tanned leather in the traditional colors of Tuscany. These include leather tote bags and lightweight backpacks for kids made in genuine Italian leather and a durable canvas. However you put it Kids fashion and Made in Italy has never looked so chic as that which is emerging now in Italy from top designers. Look for kids luggage, bags for kids and backpack for kids with a touch of tradition and made with quality.
The classical characteristics of a business bag normally focus on the primary use of carrying around one’s business in a suitable and organized method. Therefore in makes sense that a business bag will be as diverse as the many user’s themselves. Some leather bags will want lots of compartments where they can store each item on its own, some leather briefcases will lean towards just one large space – don’t forget you will have those who want tons of pockets for pens, phones, calculators, camera’s and more and those that prefer a lightweight, slim bag so that it looks more like a prop than it does a piece of equipment to be used. Whatever its ultimate design – it is always considered a necessity.
Perhaps one of the more classic types of briefcases includes the classic Italian leather business bag with a comfortable rolled top handle and a convenient removable / adjustable should strap. These elegant models go as back as those lovely black and white photos showing the “working” man coming and going to the office – a box shape with a click to open and close, were slowly replaced with a less rigid model featuring flap over tops and button lock closures. The old-fashion rigid box frame briefcases usually bring to mind James Bond 007 and the spyworld or something similarly devious, where as the softer models from leather represent the sharp business person, who dresses to impress – maybe even a doctor.
With the rising number of women in the office who were there to wheel and deal, designers were forced to create new looks that were appealing to both genders. Perhaps the emergence of female counterparts forced the designer market to accept the fact that a briefcase – though it must be functional – was a growing fashion accessories . . . for both the male and female.
A true women’s business bag will make the leap from work to play, from formal to casual, from necessary to fashion accessory in the blink of an eye. Literally it must serve a sa briefcase one moment and a leather handbag the next.
Texture, shape, comfort and elegance have taken on a new importance in the projection of and construction of a leather briefcase. Attention to details, color combinations, cut and hardware have become just as as focal as how many pockets, will it hold my iPad3 and is there room for my adapters / folders / samples.
Once fashion stepped in, it was obvious that Italian leather was not only the first choice because of its quality, durability and excellent craftsmanship but also due to the wide range of colors, textures such as embossed and saffiano finishes and most certainly for its intrinsic elegance and beauty. An Italian leather briefcase or business bag breathes a quality of success into the user. It speaks of tradition, of experience and of know how . . . and where would business be without these things.
In Florence there is a little tale they tell of Michelangelo when he was working on the marble masterpiece of “Davide”. The story tells of how someone came in while the great sculptor was pulling out the piece of art hidden within the marble and the interloper made the comment that the nose was a little too big on this mammoth statue. It then goes on to tell how Michelangelo climbed the ladder with the hammer and chisel, made the movement and sounds of chipping away at the smooth white stone and then let a little marble dust float out of his hand. At that point he then looked at the critical observer with a tilt of the head, as if to ask “and now?” The person nodded their head – and said – “now it’s perfect.”
That is not a customization, but it should be a hint as to what you are asking when you request the craftsman to change their work of art. You are asking to transform an Italian masterpiece.
But, unlike Micheangelo, our craftsman understand that their masterpieces are meant to be used and that they need to be practical, functional and useful.
Our happy shopper A.S. from Switzerland came to us with an idea about a leather business bag from the Tucci Collection she had fallen in love with on our site. It was the size she needed, it had all the pockets she needed, it was the perfect “war bag” for her business. BUT, she required some modifications so that she could easily carry all of her necessary items, and she wanted a quality bag, hand crafted with all the trimmings, but without the fancy designer label potentially putting off her prospective clients.
Step by step, the bag took shape. Our master craftsman, Marco Galli has been designing and making bags for most of his adult life, and he knows exactly what will work and what won’t. So for example, when A.S. said she wanted the shoulder strap to be attached at the sides, he immediately knew that this would not work for this kind of bag. It has two gussets and when the shoulder strap would be in use, then the shape and form of the bag would be contorted in such a way that would be ugly and unsafe for the design. So he suggested that the strap be attached to the back and this worked perfectly.
1) We converted a masculine style bag, into a more feminine, versatile bag which oozes charm and sophistication at every angle.
2) The top handle was eliminated.
3) We took away the two shoulder straps and replaced them with rolled leather handles that were long enough for them to be slipped over the wrist for a more elegant and feminine carrying option.
4) We added a much longer detachable shoulder strap which can be comfortable over one shoulder or used as a cross body bag.
The whole concept of the bag has gone from masculine to feminine with just a few tweaks and for only a nominal fee for the extra work and leather, A.S. has a bag that will take her to every business meeting for a very long time. She was absolutely thrilled, and took the time to write to us and praise us on a job well done.
Even fully loaded, as you can see in the picture I made, it holds its form beautifully. Your craftspeople are to be congratulated on a great concept and job well done.
We try to accommodate every customised request, some we can do, others not. Pierotucci is one of the finest Florentine factories in Tuscany and they go that extra mile in trying to satisfy the needs of the customer, be it colour and type of leather, length of handles or monogramming.
For more than one reason February is associated with red and hearts – Pierotucci is embracing the challenge to show you something red every day. Just a little reminder to Go Red for Women and take care of your heart.
How far would you go to add personality and character to your business attire?
There are just some colors that you wouldn’t normally associate with a business look - yet they work all the same. It just takes dressing outside of the box. The traditional blacks, blues and browns are essential to any wardrobe – they command attention, they are sophisticated and elegant, these colors emanate power and tradition tells us this is what successful people in business wear.
But that doesn’t mean that color can’t find its way into your wardrobe. There are tons of ways to incorporate a fresh splash, an attention grabber, a personal statement into the same old jacket and pant/skirt . . . and each one will reflect your individuality.
Bold with a tie or scarf , daring with a shirt, sweater or shoes or our personal favorite:
be playful with a messenger bag or briefcase
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One of the best things you can use to keep your leather bag, handbag or briefcase clean is to use a little umph when buffing it out. There are lots of things on the market designed to clean, shine, brighten, polish and all around transform your leather item but its not necessary to spend an arm and a leg for a special cream. In fact, many leather craftsmen (and women) will caution you about using them. Why? Because high quality leather is a considered a living breathing element to those in the sector, and when you start slathering chemical potions to “protect” and “clean,” you are in effect blocking the natural defense system that the leather has to protect itself. When buffing out a small scratch or mark in the leather, the quality control department at Pierotucci Leather Factory apply simple, home remedies to bring the life and luster back to their bags.
One of the most common remedy is a neutral body cream. Note, this cream should be without color and without a perfume scent. Just a little dab on an area that is dirty. Then use a soft, clean cloth (again look for neutral colors so that there is no color transfer) and a little bit of that elbow to rub out the mark. REMEMBER to always try the cream out on a small piece of hidden leather to be sure that it will not leave a mark or is too aggressive and takes the color off. This is especially important when you are unsure of the quality or origin of the leather. Another alternative is a simple white rubber eraser – exactly! just like the ones you used to buy along with all the other back to school goodies. This is particularrly useful on light colored leathers on the edges where the leather handbag or leather briefcase will get much wear and tear. Use the eraser to gently rub out the mark. The eraser is also fantastic for removing “sticky” stuff like gum. Again, you should always do a test job on a piece of interior or hidden leather to see that your bag doesn’t react negatively. In our quality control department, our department manager perfers to use the eraser as opposed to the cream when cleaning the folds or borders on wallets and handbags, she saids she feels as if she has more control on cleaning small marks and heavily worn areas.
Another alternative, especially useful for the darker colors, is a small dab of shoe polish. This is most appropriate with standard colors such as black, dark or light brown and even blue. – AGAIN, always test the color on a small piece of interior leather before applying to the bag. So before storing the briefcase or handbag in the protective storage cloth you will gently wipe the bag with a damp (not excessively wet) cloth, let it dry thoroughly and then examine for marks, scuffs, scratches or excessive dirt. Apply just a dab of the color to a dry cloth and rub into the bag. The Pierotucci quality control department advises that this process does not make the scratch or scuff go away, but it will help to make it a bit more “invisible”.
As you can see, even a company like Pierotucci Italian Leather Factory, who has been in business for over 30 years has found that many times its the small home remedies plus a little bit of elbow grease that make your bag come to life again. Though not all marks, scratches and spots are removeable it is possible to keep your bag in tip top shape by adhering to some simple, easy to follow rules and by keeping just a few simple items in the house. Two pieces of soft cloth – when to wet and wipe and one to buff (we have even found that a polishing glove is a handy thing to have), a little bit of neutral body cream, shoe polish, a soft bristle buffing brush, a white or transparent rubber eraser, a protective storage bag and tissue paper.
Keep your bag look like brand new.
And we got the washed Italian leather bags to prove it!
Out of the five new models that have been added to the Pierotucci Campomaggi Collection, there is one of them that would definitely stand out in a crowd ladies. This versatile clutch bag has an adjustable / removeable shoulder strap that can be shorten to three different lengths – without a buckle. Marco Campomaggi was ingenious with this clip that makes up part of the design of the bag yet is functional as well.
But the pièce de résistance would be the decoractive semi polished stone securely embedded to on the front flap. The texture and contour of the stone compliment the rugged washed leather, yet seem to soften it and give it just the right amount of a woman’s touch.
Not too large and heavy, like many of the Campomaggi bags, this cross body clutch will be just enough to carry the essentials while travelling, going out at night or even a casual event. There is a secure magnetic snap closure plus a top zip so even if you are the adventurous or active type, you won’t have to worry about losing your “stuff” along the way.
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Pierotucci works on the assumption that everyone should travel to Tuscany, and when they do – they should be travelling in comfort with the perfect companions. In fact these travelling companions should let you rest easy while admiring the medieval squares in Siena, getting lost in the winding streets Lucca or market shopping in Florence.
While in Siena you can’t miss the lovely Piazza del Campo where you will find the Torre di Mangia, which to this day remains a beautiful combination of simplicity and elegance in its design. The curious name of the tower derives from its first bell ringer, Giovanni di Duccio, who was nicknamed Mangiaguadagni and who was commissioned to ring the hours in 1347. If you had an Italian Grandmother you would have heard the word Mangia often , it means EAT! – the second half of his nickname was “earnings”.
We are not sure if this means Giovanni ate his way through his earnings OR since he was paid to simply ring the bell – maybe the name comes from the fact that he ate up the taxpayers earnings… in either case we are sure that his travel bags were made of the same type of leather that are used in the Toscanella designer handbags.
It’s a simple idea but when you are travelling in another country with all those strange coins, it is absolutely the most perfect idea. This coin case below is the ideal container for storing all that change you get back while haggling in the market place. Most people let them fall to the bottom of their handbag but when you think that a 1 Euro coin will get you a cup of coffee and a 2 Euro coin will buy you breakfast – They are really worth keeping track of them. Great to know that you can put your vacation rental key on this key ring and always keep that safe and secure.
But for those of you that prefer to keep all your documents, travel ID, bank notes, credit cards and credit card receipts organized then you are probably looking for something just a bit larger than the coin purse. This bill fold has all the extra compartments you will ever need to hold all those little pieces of paper that you accumulate while travelling abroad.
The very same pieces of paper you want to have when you calculate your refund at the Duty Free Desk at the airport or when you add up your travel souvenirs will be easy to find when you use one of the 4 large pockets or 18 credit card slots.