When our friend Alex invited us to have lunch on the Apple campus, I immediately recognized that this was a perfect opportunity to introduce two great brands to each other. So I packed my FRECCIA iPad bag with the new VALENTINO iPad Case and the new iPhone Case, both by Campomaggi.
After we got our badges and walked into the main hall I was surprised that we didn’t run into any iPhones and iPads running around. Instead we got to admire multiple Grammys and an Oscar.
When we got to the cafeteria we (cases included) got very excited to find many other authentic Italian expatriates proudly displayed. So we ordered a pizza with mozzarella di bufala and loved it.
Before we left we saw the Apple store and decided to go take a look. Wow! iPhones and iPads! We finally got to make an introduction and made sure to stay clear of the isle where all the cases were on display.
As we were driving back to the office everyone was happy, including me, despite the fact that I was not able to get a statement from Tim Cook saying that the new Campomaggi cases are the only cases worthy of the coolness of Apple products. It was enough to know that that was exactly what he would have said.
When I decided to import the ALDO Italian leather belt by Vincenzo I was very excited because I had found a design that was very sharp and professional while stylish and somewhat unique. I really like how the two stitched lines make it a little more casual than your regular leather belt.
When the belt arrived I proudly named it after my grandfather and bought one in espresso. Espresso turned out to be a color that I can wear both with jeans and with khakis. The problem was that when I wore black shoes I had to resort to using my old black belt, which must have been a cheap one as it was peeling and coloring my pants. The solution was to get a black version of the ALDO. I love that belt too, although when I wear jeans with black shoes I now wish I also had a more casual, perhaps more rugged-looking black belt. Despite this the black ALDO does a great job with jeans too.
Overall I probably own about 10 belts. Out of my older belts, I only still wear one because it is very casual, it is a lighter brown color than my ALDO in espresso, and better matches my more summery shoes. The rest should just get tossed because they are sitting there in the closet without ever getting used: they simply don’t compare. I wish I could only own belts as nice as the ALDO: some day I will get there.
Today I decided it was time to apply some lotion. With this particular type of leather, Antonio Dionigi recommended using a mild hand lotion or a milk-based detergent of the kind used to remove makeup. We got some Nivea creme for that purpose and it seems to work just fine. As I applied it the belt absorbed quickly and I had to be careful not to apply too much. After the lotion on the belt dried, the belt might not have looked new but it looked better and those few scratches that were noticeable are now gone. The inside of the belt remarkably looks like new and I am particularly happy about that because of my bad experience with cheaper belts described above.
Before we started the test drive we had to actually choose which color CAMPANI to buy. As you can see at the end of the video that documents the decision, this is our bag, not a bag that we are just test driving to let you know what we think of it and then sell it at a discounted/used price. The idea of selling “test-driven” bags is one of many ideas that cross my mind, yet have no support inside the executive management circle, nor within the technical capabilities of our web site.
I hope you enjoy this video and that it will help you choose your color. Of course it would have helped if we hadn’t already narrowed down the field from 5 to 3 colors. So if you need more information about the other colors, please do not hesitate to contact me!
After three weeks of daily use, I feel as if the final verdict on the DANIELE leather belt loop pouch by Campomaggi can be reached. But before I get to that, let me share my latest impressions.
The belt loop is assuming the shape of my waist: perhaps it wants to convince me to keep it because it is a good fit, which it is. Another thing that I have come to realize is that letting the pouch hang below the waist means that the pouch can rest at whatever angle it needs to rest. For example, when you are sitting down the pouch can rest on your leg at a 90-degree angle if that’s what it needs to do. If it was positioned right on the belt I think that it would struggle to find a resting position.
Once you wear the pouch you quickly forget about it and using it becomes second nature. Opening and closing the closure is fun for me as I find myself unnecessarily playing with it. The beauty of this product is that you are almost guaranteed not to leave it, and its contents, behind. As I say this, I have to admit that one day I left home without the phone in the pouch and I had to go back and get it. So the DANIELE is not the end-all solution to an absented minded person’s woes.
I realize that I haven’t covered wearing the pouch cross-body very much. Perhaps there is a loyal customer out there who would like to test-drive the pouch with that purpose in mind. If so, please make sure to ask.
And now my verdict: get the distressed leather belt-loop pouch for yourself, not as a gift, as wearing a belt pouch requires fulfilling a specific need. I really love the convenience and everything that a Campomaggi product embodies: I feel very proud wearing it and love to have to come in frequent contact with it. The ease with which I can access my wallet and phone is great. Finally, I love that it keeps the phone away from my body: perhaps mobile phones don’t harm you when they stay in contact with your body for a prolonged period, but I’d rather be safe.