Trying to claim a blog on Technorati

Today I was reading up on some tips and tricks for increasing inbound links to our site. I came across a good article (I have to go back and find the site, I will repost the link when I do), and one of the many tips talked about getting listed on Technorati.

I knew of Technorati but could not say that I was intimately familiar with how it works. After digging around a bit, I found that in order to get listed in their blog directory, you have to first “claim” the blog … fair enough. Wouldn’t want another entity posing as us now, would we??

To claim a blog, you have to first create a technorati account. Turns out Daniele already had one, but I went ahead and created a new one – a quick and painless process. Then you enter some info about your blog, submit it, and wait for something to happen magically … or so I thought. Actually, you have to go back to your profile page and click on the “Check Claim” button to continue the submission process.

When you click on the button, you are given a short code that is to be posted to the blog for verification. This part was not clearly explained in the previous step (either that or I just completely missed it), so good thing I decided to poke around a bit instead of just sitting back and waiting.

So now, that’s where I’m at. Here is the short code they gave me: 5YW6D43RSYDE

Let’s see what happens next!

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Leather Doctor Bags … Examined

We just announced the arrival of the new Campomaggi doctor bag, which we called the Bellini (after the 17th century physician from Florence). Doctor bags were traditionally used by physicians for carrying their tools of the trade as they visited patients in their homes, or while traveling. Of course, they were originally made of leather – as most still are today.  In my mind, I had pictured something like this:

A traditional doctor bag in leather

This is what I was talking about. A real, leather doctor's bag.

This one’s actually a prop that you can rent from a company called All About Props. It looks like something you’d see being used by an old, white-haired doctor with spectacles in a black and white film.

As I was researching leather doctor bags, however, I noticed that the term “doctor bag” is being used quite liberally these days. Haute designers such as Prada and Versace have designed handbags for women that really have nothing to do with the traditional doctor bags, and are calling them doctor bags. I suppose that has the benefit of sounding sophisticated, if more than a bit misleading.

Two models with small handbags

Doctor bags by Prada. What would you think if your doc showed up with a bag like this?

Versace's doctor bag

Versace. Yes, it is a bag and does have handles. I guess that qualifies it as a doctor bag.

Well, after sifting through hundreds of so-called doctor bags, I came to the realization that if I were looking for a real, vintage-looking, awe-inspiring doctor bag, the pickings are slim to none.

Until now.

Enter the doctor bag by Campomaggi – I would love to talk about how beautiful it is, but instead I think I will just let the bag speak for itself. And it will.

BELLINI doctor bag by Campomaggi

BELLINI doctor bag by Campomaggi (Distressed Olive Brown)

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2011 Festa Coloniale Italiana

We had a lot of fun at the Festa Coloniale Italiana in San Francisco this past weekend. It was our first time participating in an event like this, and other than the hairy moment we had when the wind just about blew our tent away, we had a fantastic time meeting and chatting with fellow lovers of fine handmade Italian goods.

Elephant Keychains

Giann's elephant keychain was simply irresistible!

The runaway winner of the festa was Giann’s Elefante Italian leather elephant keychain – it was sold out by mid-day and people just could not help but comment on how cute it is! But then again, the entire keychain rack seemed to elicit incessant cries of “ooh”s and “ahh”s throughout the day!

Another product that got a lot of attention was Campomaggi’s distressed doctor bag. People seemed to be drawn but it, and many were  gawking at this bag, seemingly transfixed in some altered state of mind. We just got these bags in so I don’t even have a photo to post yet … but for now, you’ll just have to take my word for it. It’s drool-worthy.

Anyway, thanks to all those who stopped by our booth, and we hope to see you again at the next event (TBD)!!

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Our new Campomaggi Forum is now live!

CampomaggiWe are excited to announce that due to popular demand, we have launched a Campomaggi forum! Here, Campomaggi bag owners, fans, and admirers can discuss the brand from different points of view – philosophical, practical, theoretical, and more.

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Leather Bags

I have loved leather bags my entire life. So it is no surprise that after we founded Marcopoloni in 2003, we started looking for a high-quality, handmade line of bags and we introduced our first leather bag back in 2005.

Since then, we added a lot of leather bags designed by the best emerging Italian designers. Today we are proud to offer 100 different leather bags in 247 colors and leather types and I have to admit that my leather bag collection has grown nicely. Yet, there are still a few bags I am still wishing to add:

  1. The SANTARELLI rugged leather briefcase, and Santarelli Multi-tone leather briefcase
  2. The FRECCIA iPad Bag, which I want to use with my new Samsung Galaxy 10.1.FRECCIA iPad leather bag for my Samsung Galaxy 10.1

I would like to add more, but for now I would be very content with these. Today it is my birthday, so I feel like dreaming a little.

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2 New Caterina Lucchi Bags: a convertible clutch and a flower-motif handbag

We just posted two new Caterina Lucchi leather handbags and we are so excited about them both!
The Sera is a gorgeous clutch with a chic, playful design. By attaching the leather strap, you can turn it into a shoulder bag or a crossbody bag, making it a super versatile accessory! It reminds me of my favorite pleated skirt that I never had… except better, because I don’t have to worry about fitting into it six months from now 🙂

SERA Convertible Clutch Handbag

SERA Convertible Clutch Handbag ... chic, playful, and oh so versatile!

The Petalo is a small, light handbag, and it feels oh so good in the hand. The laser-cut flower-motif design is stunning in its own right, but add to it the uniquely-dyed pattern and you’ve got an amazing little bag that packs a big punch!

PETALO Laser-cut Flower-Motif Handbag

PETALO Laser-cut Flower-Motif Handbag ... small, but packs a punch!

Both bags are made with Caterina Lucchi’s signature garment-dyed process, resulting in calfskin so soft you will find them very hard to put down!

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Leather Coin Wallet

Last week we added one of my favorite products: the EURO Leather Coin Wallet.
Leather Coin Wallet
This coin purse is designed in the style that Italians call “Tacco”. It features a hard heeled edge that prevents coins from easily falling out and it is crafted using top quality Italian full-grain leather–the kind of leather whose price is going through the roof this year. The craftsmanship and quality of materials make this leather coin wallet really stand out and one of the best values around.

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Got the Best Birthday Surprise Gift

The other day we got a shipment from Gianni and in it I found the most appreciated and most unexpected birthday gift imaginable.

We had last visited Gianni in Sicily in 2009. When it came time to say goodbye, I realized that I had left the dress shoes I really was going to need for my next meetings back in the hotel room. Because they had already made our room, it took us a long time to locate my shoes, we missed our bus by a minute and Gianni ended up having to take us all the way to Catania, more than two hours away. (Read the full story here).

It turns out that I had lost more that the shoes that day. My wife was loaning her precious 2002 World Cup hat that she bought in Japan when she got to go watch some of the games. This was the only hat that I would wear and I really meant to take good care of it. After our trip, we never saw the hat and thought it was lost for good until it popped out of the box we just opened.

All I can say is: “Thank you!!!” And I have to say that Gianni really has a way to make people like him!

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New Leather Bags

We have been very busy over the last couple of weeks and have added so many products that today I am going to have to talk about only the leather bags. The are all leather bags by Giudi.

The PIAZZA Small Zippered Crossbody Bag is a very popular shape due to the rise of tablet and netbook sales in recent years.

Piazza small zippered crossbody bag

The PLICO Zippered Laptop Leather Bag is a very contemporary dual tone leather bag that can replace a briefcase.

Plico leather laptop bag

The CORRIERE Organizer Crossbody Bag.

Corriere organizer crossbody bag

The DONNA Classic Italian Leather Satchel.

Donna classic italian leather satchel

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New GRANA Italian leather wallet with ID window

Last week we added a lot of new color variations to our catalog, but the only new product that is ready for viewing is the GRANA Italian leather wallet with ID window.

GRANA Italian leather wallet with ID window

This wallet is very practical because it features an abundance of credit card slots, a very convenient ID window, and 2 document pockets. It is also very stylish with its very unique design. These features make it ideal for young men who are starting to tackle life’s many responsibilities.

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