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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.
This afternoon at approximately 4 pm local time I felt the office building crick and crack. If it weren’t for the fact that we just had seismic activity already this week in the region Reggio Emilia, I probably would have just shrugged it off as a truck passing or someone moving something on the floor above. But since my office overlooks the road – and I can attest there were no trucks and since there is no one at home on the floor above there were no obvious excuses. So a bit dazed and a little amazed, I thought “WOW, I just experience a real live earthquake!” It never occurred to me to run outside or that it was a scary thing (though my younger colleague was definitely on the nervous side when I asked her “did you just feel what I felt?” and confirmed her worse suspicions.)
News puts it at a magnitude of 5.4 – and it was felt all over the place. Some even wrote that pictures fell came tumbling down, things fell of the shelves, stucco decorations on buildings cracked and fell…I am glad all I heard was crick and crack!
Never ever really thought of Italy as being an area subjected to earthquakes when I started imagining my European travels, but my 14 years in Casentino (a lovely valley located about 75 km southeast of Florence) proved me wrong. I am a bit of a history addict – love to learn the story about any place, and it became quite clear to me that something was a bit fishy when church after church included tidbits of how it had been rebuilt after this earthquake or that earthquake. Thinking I would surprise my Italian friends with a little know fact I myself was surprised when then said, yup this is a seismic area!
Where to go in Italy ? – Why Tuscany of course! But when you are in Tuscany there are so many areas to visit – each with special characteristics, it really merits looking for accommodations that compliment your travel style, expectations and dreams of Tuscany vacation. Tuscany Villas & Tuscany Apartments to rent in Italy is an excellent way to visit and enjoy the country side. Something a little different from a classic hotel which allows for more freedom in your daily activities and gives you an opportunity to meet the people and life the Tuscan life style.
Nothing is quite as delicious as the Italian pasta …. except for maybe their wide selection of desserts. From early ancient time, Italy has been a big producers of sweets/deserts. Every region has their own traditional sweets and personal touch, However the main ingredients are being used always by all of them: honey, beet sugar and sugar cane. The deserts were prepared just for a special occasion of the family or religious events and it was picked just according to the season. Most of the Italian deserts are typical recipes made at home with natural ingredients. Also, all supermarkets, restaurants, bars and even special market events offer a big variety of Italian traditional deserts. Now, deserts are seen as part of everyday Italian meals. Some of the most traditional sweets found every where in Italy are: Tiramisù, dolci di mandorle, cannoli alla crema, but one of my favorites is the simple crostata made with “pasta frolla” a sweet type of pie crust.
CROSTATA CON MARMELLATA
100 grams all purpose flour
100 grams granulate white sugar
100 grams soft unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
your favorite jam
Place the flour and sugar on the table in a little moutain shape, create a hole in the top and break in the two eggs and baking soda. Slowly beat the eggs, bringing in the flour little by little. When it is ready you will have a solid dough – let it sit (preferably in the fridge) for about 20 – 30 min. Roll the dough and fit it into a shallow pie pan. Spread the jam on top of the dough and then if you have enough dough left over, you can put on a criss cross pattern.
This is a classic Italian dessert served with vin santo and … or …. grappa.
Pierotucci is not made up of only leather craftsman! We have a large showroom with all of our jackets, bags and accessories and in this shop we have an informed bi (and sometimes tri) lingual sales staff. They are the ambassadors for Pierotucci and we depend on them to know the details of each bag as if they had made each one. Since they are a little camera shy… we have enticed them to select their favorite bag.
Sawako has been with Pierotucci for almost two years. She came to Florence to study paintings and learn how to restore them to their original splendor. When asked who she likes the most out of all the Italian artists – she said its hard to choose just one… however she came up with the name Caravaggio rather quickly… followed by Michelangelo and Raffaello.
When asked to select one of her favorite handbags she went right to our collection of Campomaggi bags. She explained that not only does she love the feel of the distressed leather that Campomaggi uses but she feels as if the the colors are “real”. The leather briefcase style she selected has plenty of room for all over her paints and brushes. She already has one Campomaggi in her private wardrobe so this bag here is on her Holiday Wish List!
and everything nice. Soft floral colors all wrapped up in Italian leather and cashmere.
€360 - pierotucci.com
€165 - pierotucci.com
€120 - pierotucci.com
€31 - pierotucci.com
$8.99 - jcpenney.com
€185 - pierotucci.com
$28 - nordstrom.com
$38 - nordstrom.com
$25 - papernstitch.com
$13 - nordstrom.com
and they are looking good!
$155 - net-a-porter.com
€610 - pierotucci.com
€930 - luisaviaroma.com
$313 - farfetch.com
€285 - pierotucci.com
that just keeps getting better and better
€99 - jades24.com
12 - dorothyperkins.com
€232 - pret-a-beaute.com
$4.46 - scrapyourtrip.com
€38 - pierotucci.com
and as soft as a flower petal . . . imagine yourself floating on the light pastel colors.
23 - janenorman.co.uk
284 - farfetch.com
€97 - pierotucci.com