19 Jun The iconic bags of my favorite Italian luxury brands
I totally feel the Italian vibes as I am visiting this country twice this month! Lucky me! Last weekend I went to Pescara, to cheer for the sportsmen that participated in the Iron man, specifically my sister, brother and their friends. And next week my boyfriend and I will fly to Pisa and drive in our white Fiat 500 to his parents in Toscane. I have not even unpacked my suitcase, but you may understand that I am totally looking forward to the second trip that will be – again – all about enjoying icecream, wines, pasta, sun and especially Italian fashion. It is just everywhere, Italian gentleman that actually look like Richard Gere in American Gigolo and Italian fashionista’s that probably have been inspired by the celebrated fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni. Italy is famous and recognized for its fashion and some Italian luxury brands are iconic for the fashionworld. And as I talk about bags and fashion as if they are the same thing, I want to show you the icons of Italy mode. Those bags are widely recognized, well-established and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence. In this article an overview is presented of the emblematic bags of my favorite Italian fashion luxury brands. Which bag or which brand is your favorite?
The colorful and recognizable ‘Miss Sicily’ bag by Dolce & Gabbana is one of the Italian label’s most iconic designs. Each season new prints are created and there are mini, midi and maxi variations. And if you want to be truly exclusive, you should opt for the ‘Mix’ Sicily in limited edition. What do you think of the “Sicily mix polka dot lace cutwork“?
The Fendi Baguette is not just a bag, it is the bag! Everyone remembers how and when Carrie Bradshaw was robbed from hers. Sex and the City gave the Fendi Baguette its “it-bag” status after Silvia Venturini Fendi designed this bag in 1997 to be carried under the arm like the French bread. Since then this baguette has been made in over 1,000 styles. Fendi even created micro baguettes featuring recognizable bag bugs (the famous fox monster bag charm) inspired eye detailing (see the picture above).
The bamboo is Gucci’s stamp, its signature and is used in most of Gucci’s daily bags, backpacks and clutches. Guccio Gucci opened a leather goods company and small luggage store in his native Florence in 1921. Soon the brand became famous for its unique mix of innovative audacity and legendary Italian quality and craftsmanship. In the 1940’s, when they faced a shortage of foreign supplies, one of its artisans created the handle of the new Bamboo Bag, the first of Gucci’s many iconic products and remains a huge favorite today.
The Tatiana of Paula Cademartori is wanted by all women that have a weak spot for colorful, exclusive, handmade products. Paula has a Italian-Brazilian origin and is a kind of new kid on the block as she debuted with a epic Spring-Summer 2011 collection. Like the iconic Tatiana bag, all the bags are sealed with an autographic metal buckle.
Valentino can not lack this list. Valentino Garavani opened his first atelier in Rome back in 1960, in the era of ‘La Dolce Vita’. Today this luxury label is still known for its elegance and feminine and the flowers, bows and lace are its emblemettic motifs. However, with its very popular Rockstud collection, Valentino added a tough-luxe attitude. Valentino’s Rockstud double medium reversible tote is chic, timeless & turns anyone into a hot fashionable rockstar.
Moschino is also very wanted for its innovative, colorful – sometimes eccentric – designs. Franco Moschino created pieces that reflected the luxurious feminine sexiness of Italian culture and has been bringing witty and cheeky fashion to the Milan’s catwalk since 1984. Because of the unusual designs, this label has many recognizable items. However, I find the leather biker shoulderbag one of the most iconic pieces by Moschino, featuring a chain and leather strap, gold-tone hardware and a foldover top. This bag is re-issued each season. I can’t wait to see the new version by Jeremy Scott, after the brilliant “Barbie” and “Ready to Bear” variants.