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Since 3500 BC the corno (animal horns) were hung at the entrance way of caves and dwellings. They represented power and fertility, both of which were integral parts of survival for early man. It is with these humble beginnings the Italian fascination with this symbol and their tendency to associate the corno, in all its curves and a brilliant shade of red, as one equivalent to good luck.
This is where the Pierotucci designers came up with the name #FORTUNATA for their versatile leather handbag collection – and the symbol attached to each and every Italian leather handbag. This little dangling charm is commonly used throughout Italy to fend off evil, bad luck and omens.
What better charm to have gracing your handbag than one that is trusted to bring you the best of luck and save you from those unexpected events of life.
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.
With all these great low cost flight offers from European companies like Ryanair, Vueling and Easyjet, the urge to travel … and let’s face it, the possibility to travel grows and grows. The drawback, well besides all the missing leg room and forgotten luxuries (like food and water!) is that one also has to learn how to pack a 10 kg or 23 pounds bag into a 55cm x 40 cm x 20 cm amount of space AND it needs to last the duration of the ticket.
This could be a bit of a no brainer in the summer but how about if you are travel from November thru April in the northern hemisphere?
After doing quite a bit of traveling myself I have come to the following conclusions:
First rule of thumb has got to be find a carry on that is expandable and light. Who wants a piece of luggage that takes up 25% of your weight limit!! – I am all about expandable leather travel bags. They are light weight, durable and please . . . they look good.
Second, don’t over pack…this is one I like to repeat (in a loud voice) for my boyfriend (Mr. 4 Seasons) – but I believe he has his 4th seasom ear muffs on when I say it.
Third, …well actually I am not an expert so I will just pass you over to a few articles.
Though there seems to be some differing opinions on folding and rolling – the tips are the pretty much the same. Here are three of my favorite articles.
This is a video, so no trick photography of before or after shots that leave you wondering. I find ziplock bags curious. That might work for space . . . but I don’t know if they were weight conscious.
Pretty wacky – the video is a bit long … but her packing method is, well, you need to see it to buy into it. I will admit her video is more like a personal accomplishment then about giving you packing ideas.
She is topic specific, because I normally travel Ryanair …. and this airline is a stickler (to put it nicely). I mean even your Italian leather handbag (y’know the one you just love to show off) needs to fit into your carry on.
In any case, where ever you are traveling – and however you decide to get there – I wish you fun, fun and more fun!
It was your kiss, my love, that made me immortal. – M. Fuller
But it will surely be Braccialini designer handbags and accessories that bring it to life each time they relive that first romantic kiss. This is exactly what Braccialini excells at, taking a moment in time, a wistful daydream or a fanciful thought and transform it into a collage of handsewn leather appliques to create an escape from a sometimes drab day into a world of make believe. At first glance it wold be easy to brush this off as child’s play but that truly does not award merit to the intricate piecework that goes into each and everyone of the the Braccialini designer handbags or leather accessories. Just look at the 3D deatil on the tree in NYC Central Park – this is craftsmanship that only an adult can appreciate.
Braccialini is the number one Italian designer for bringing whimsical moments to life and incorporating them into an everyday essential item. This eco leather handbag and ladies clutch wallet are from the Braccialini line called CARTOLINE, translated from Italian into English this means postcards. And how appropriate! They have made a list (and have checked it twice ) to make sure there is an assortment of must see locations – NYC, Prague, North Pole, Baveria and Paris (to name a few) then they have recreated the best known monuments and moments and applied them to a line of classic shoulder bags and hand totes.
Another delicious designer located right here in Florence Italy, Braccialini has a wide range of designer handbags in 100% genuine leather, eco leather (a type of recylced leather) and canvas. Not all of their bags are as elaborate and intricate as the the CARTOLINE or TUA SPRITZ line but perhaps the most characteristic bags from the Braccialini designers are those that evoke memories, fantasies and daydreams. Just like the bling gems which are hand sewn on the Love in New York designer handbag, creating those skyscrappers which make New York City so memorable so do the Braccialini handbags and leather wallets – create a jumping off point for your next sweet memory.
More and more Italian leather handbags! Actually we have Daniella finishing up these Toscanella hobo bags with the final touch, the double rolled leather top handles. She spent the morning making the handles which consist of a plastic tube with a piece of leather wrapped around it and then sewn secure.
When she connects these handles to the bag she first examins the handles to find two which are almost identical in color, then matches the handles against the Italian leather part of the bag. Once she finds a good match she will secure the handles in place with our holding glue and then pass it over to Marina who will stitch them firmly into place on the Italian leather handbag. Afterwards the bag comes back to Daniella so she can insert the traditional striped lining in 100% cotton and for one last time it will go to Marina in order to complete the top stitching which keeps the lining attached to the hobo bag.
When at last it returns to Daniella, it is her job to hand stitch the final touches to the handle in order to give it that top quality look that we are so proud of !
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.
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!
This is a mix between a hippy style, with the embossed daisies and cowboy color tobacco – I love the contradiction in the description, it actually makes me just a bit more enthusiastic about this new limited Fortunata Designer Handbag.
$198 - bodenusa.com
£120 - kurtgeiger.com
€295 - pierotucci.com
$45 - timex.com
£259 - harrods.com
$195 - matthewwilliamson.com
€66 - pierotucci.com
£27 - harrods.com
$599 - neimanmarcus.com
$4 - etsy.com
$50 - modcloth.com
We have a new blogger starting with us today – so welcome! She had a bit of fun playing with all of our fashion toys including Polyvore. Here is her first try using our leather handbags:
€1.098 - unger-fashion.com
€239 - jades24.com
£120 - houseoffraser.co.uk
€355 - pierotucci.com
€470 - nathalieschuterman.com
$14 - modcloth.com
$8.99 - stylesforless.com
£15 - mango.com
$26 - narscosmetics.com
$18 - narscosmetics.com
$165 - nordstrom.com