My Campomaggi Studded Leather Belt Is a Magnet for Compliments

Studded Leather Belt by Campomaggi: The DAVIDE.

The DAVIDE Studded Leather Belt is a stunning Campomaggi creation that inspires instant love.

I often wear my DAVIDE Studded Leather Belt by Campomaggi to parties and it continually draws compliments from multiple people. For a middle-aging guy like me, that is rather enjoyable.

Last fall, at a friend’s six-year-old and four-year-old birthday party, one dad asked me: “wow, do you think I can sport that belt?” and then went on to ask his wife. When I originally saw the belt on Alessandro, I had had a very similar reaction: instant love.

Last week, at a New Year’s Eve party, one girl even asked me to take my belt off so that she could go try it on. Now that was the ultimate compliment and I was very proud to have spotted the leather belt that would turn heads and inspire such appreciation.

I am really happy with my belt. Even if it didn’t draw a constant string of compliments, I would be happy just feeling the spirit of Campomaggi accessories. If you also like it and you are interested in getting a DAVIDE for yourself or someone else, make sure to contact us so that we can verify that the size is going to work well.

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Thank You!

As 2012 draws to a close, we would like to say thank you to our customers and to our artisans. Both our customers and our artisans grew in numbers, and that certainly helped us grow as a business, but both customers and artisans went out of their way, in so many ways, to help us, and that made being in business even more worthwhile.

So, thank you very much, we appreciated it all, and we wish you a happy 2013!

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The Grinch Has Arrived and Fedex Saved the Day

On Saturday 12/22, I got my first inquiry asking whether one of our shipments was going to make it by Christmas. It was a FedEx Ground Home Delivery shipment so it meant that if it was not delivered by Saturday, it wouldn’t be delivered until after Christmas. That is because the Home Delivery service delivers on Saturday but not on Monday.

The tracking information showed no scans since Tuesday 12/18. Clearly this package had been affected by the snow storm in the Midwest.  After calling FedEx I knew that this package was not going to be there on time. So I e-mailed and called the customer to deliver the bad news.

As I was contemplating the possibility of making a run to the office to ship a replacement (I would have had to get my daughter ready, drive to the office, prepare the shipment, and drop it off in about 30 minutes–an impossible feat), I realized that at least 10 packages were in the exact same situation. My heart sank, and it sank really deep. I was responsible for 10 ruined Christmases. I was the Grinch!

So I called again and I asked if Fedex was considering making FedEx Ground Home Deliveries on Monday, as an exception, to help those packages arrive before Christmas. They said: “Yes!” and I started holding onto a glimmer of hope until, Sunday night, I saw that all packages got scanned near their destinations but the expected delivery dates where Wednesday and Thursday after all. I was the Grinch!

Monday morning I got my Christmas gift: all the packages had been delivered except for a couple that had an arrangement to be held at the FedEx office! FedEx kept its promise! I couldn’t believe it! Just like that, I was no longer the Grinch. Thank you so much FedEx! You have made my day and earned my gratitude.

 

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Creativity meets practicality: Antartidee is Here

PERDITEMPO Waste of Time Wall Clock

The PERDITEMPO Wast of Time Wall Clock might, just might, address all productivity issues at the office. Or it might make them worse.

At the beginning of December we received our first shipment from Antartidee, the artisans who hand paint some extremely creative home decor items. We felt like kids in a candy store as their products are so unique and beautiful that we wanted to take them all home for ourselves. Before placing the order, we had spent hours and hours trying to pick the items to order and ended up having to pass on so many of the things that we wanted–it was a bit sad. When the shipment finally arrived, we were able to stop ourselves from looting the boxes and focused on putting some of these treasures up on the website. It is a couple of weeks later now and we have six products available for sale. One even sold already!

For Marcopoloni, Antartidee represents an ideal artisan because their products are full of original inspiration (they are heavily copied around the world) and require the attention and skill of experienced artisans. Antartidee will also enrich the selection in the home/office section of our web site, something that we were looking to do for a while. So this addition represents an important milestone for Marcopoloni and we hope that you will enjoy Antartidee as much as we will!

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The Fall/Winter Caterina Lucchi Collection is Here

The BARILE bag by Caterina Lucchi

The BARILE bag by Caterina Lucchi hanging from our new VITENDINO wall hook by Antartidee.

The fall/winter Caterina Lucchi collection arrived in November. We worked really hard to take pictures and post the bags to the web site and were immediately rewarded by an immediate response from our best customers. We are not used to such a response as it usually takes months for new products to even get noticed.

We named the new collection the Heritage Collection because the way these bags are treated and designed suggests a link to previous generations and our traditions. Despite this, the bags are extremely fresh and their practicality is definitely inspired by today’s trends.

After witnessing this great reception by our customers, we now expect Caterina Lucchi to become a more established designer in the United States as well. In Europe, she sometimes seems to attract more attention than Campomaggi, so I fully expect our global audience to begin to take notice as well.

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The ZAVATTI Has a Day in The Sun

On yesterday’s episode of the TV Series Revolution, the ZAVATTI leather backpack by Campomaggi got a lot of exposure, so much (when compared to other episodes) that we feel that it was featured! One time Nora set the bag down to go talk to her sister. When she returns to it there is a fairly lengthy shot of the bag as it is being picked up. What was remarkable was the beauty of the shot: the sun was shining on the distressed olive brown leather and it was just like when I open the trunk of my car and the sun shines on my COLOMBO. The color of the leather becomes rich and warm–absolutely beautiful.

Later, when Nora and her sister separated, we got to watch Nora run away as she went back to help her friends. As Nora ran away the ZAVATTI was in plain view for a while.

As you can see, it was not that much, but it certainly got us very excited… And it will keep us watching a TV series like we are actual fans.

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We Finally Spotted the ZAVATTI on Revolution!

When we sold two ZAVATTI leather backpacks to be shipped to the set of Revolution TV series we dreamed for a little while about endless TV exposure. Little did we know that the bag is so hard to spot that even we didn’t notice it for two full episodes.

Luckily, Emi spotted it while searching through the show’s photos. If she hadn’t found it there we might never have noticed as Nora, having been stabbed, hasn’t really spent much time with it: she has been laying down most of last episode. But, luckily, Nora survived and perhaps there is still hope that the bag will be noticeable in the future.

No matter how it plays out, this has been very exciting for us, and we are going to follow the show to the end, to see if one of our favorite bags becomes famous.

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More New Campomaggi Bags and Accessories

I have to admit it, we are struggling to keep up. We have added six new Campomaggi products already this week and we have so many more to go! Oh, and did I mention that a big shipment is about to leave Italy?

So, let’s see what’s new. I will pick three products:

CERULLI

CERULLI woven leather studded shoulder bag

Everybody picked up this woven leather studded shoulder bag

The CERULLI Woven Leather Studded Shoulder Bag is the bag that I recall everyone who walked up to it would pick up. It is just very attractive.

CONTARINI

CONTARINI studded leather pochette

Black leather with rivets

The CONTARINI Studded Leather Pochette looks great in black because of the contrast with the rivets.

MINO

MINO leather credit card holder

Credit card holder Campomaggi style

The MINO Credit Card Holder gets the job done in Campomaggi style. It doesn’t have a ton of pockets but it does have a ton of style.

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A Leather Bag with Super Powers

DOLCI TRIS Shearling and Distressed Leather Ladies Handbag

The DOLCI TRIS possesses an inexplicable magnetism.

I don’t write about ladies handbags very often, but this time I feel that I am qualified to give a man’s perspective about a bag that you may find interesting.

The DOLCI Tris is the third variation on a very versatile subject that has given us some of our best sellers, the DOLCI and the DOLCI BIS. I like those bags too, but the DOLCI TRIS has a special magnetism towards me that I had never felt before. The beautiful design, the studs, the distressed leather, and the shearling awaken some long-forgotten primordial instinct I did not know I had. I see pictures of a log cabin with a fireplace while it is snowing outside.

I’ll keep this post short as I think that my point is made: this is the sexiest bag I have ever seen.

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The New SAVOIA Studded Tassel Handbag

The New SAVOIA Studded Tassel Handbag

This week we introduced another member of Campomaggi’s lineup of rugged-chic smaller travel bags. The SAVOIA is smaller than the RAVIZZA and the MALOCELLO but it shares the beauty and versatility: it’s just designed for shorter trips or as a day bag.

With barely enough room for a pair of shoes and a change of (summer) clothes, the SAVOIA will get more use as a handbag than as a travel bag. Its design ensures that you can carry it hands-free as a cross-body or shoulder bag, or simply carry it by hand. Its stocky design ensures that you will not have to dig very far to get to what you are looking for. And the outside pockets are great to secure your phone and find it instantly when it rings. The people looking for you will start to forget about your voice mail message, unless you become too distracted by the beauty of the studded tassels.

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