Added to My Christmas Wishlist: the New Sheepskin Shoulder Bag by Campomaggi

Sheepskin Shoulder Bag by Campomaggi
The New Sheepskin Shoulder Bag by Campomaggi

I had been eying this new bag by Campomaggi for quite some time. It spoke to me from the moment I saw it, and ever since then I would often picture us together – yes, as if I were in third grade imagining myself holding hands with that cute boy in class. Well, now that I have had the Abella bag on my desk for a few days (stroking, admiring, holding and smelling it at frequent intervals), I think I can get past the initial love-at-first-sight attraction and evaluate it on a deeper level.

In a way, this bag embodies the genius that is Marco Campomaggi: dynamic, evolving, progressive – and yet somehow timeless and unfaltering. It’s unlike any bag I have seen before, but somehow it feels very familiar and comforting. When Campomaggi first announced this new collection, I had my doubts about the use of montone (sheepskin) alongside the characteristic vacchetta leather that his fans have already come to love and expect. But the way the two materials come together, it’s a wonder why there are not more bags like this around … and again I am reminded of Marco’s exceptional vision and creativity as a designer.

This bag, by the way, does not have a very large opening, and one problem I have with these types of bags is that it becomes difficult to locate whatever it is that I need in a hurry. Whether it’s my cell phone ringing or my three-year-old shrieking for her pink hair tie, I need to be able to find what I’m looking for without emptying the entire contents of my bag on the floor. Marco seems to understand those concerns, as he designed not one, not two, but three separate compartments into this bag. This makes a huge difference – I know because I have tried it – knowing that the cell phone is in the first compartment while the wallet is in the second, for example, allowed me to quickly fish out the item in question without so much as looking into the bag. Also, the triple-gusset design adds sophistication and class, from a purely aesthetic point of view.

My favorite season is summer, but this year I find myself looking forward to the colder weather … just so I can (hopefully) start living happily ever after with my new Abella bag. Which, if my husband is reading, has been officially added to my Christmas wishlist.

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 Рas 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)

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 ūüôā

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!

Men’s Handbag

Today we added a Men’s handbag to our lineup. The UOMO Italian leather handbag for men is handcrafted by Giudi in their signature classy style. We have added this bag because of how practical and distinct it is–something that many of our customers are demanding. The UOMO joins the LUCIO by Dionigi in the handbags for men section of the Marcopoloni catalog.
New UOMO Italian Leather Handbag for Men

The bag dilemma: Which handbag to bring on a trip to Italy?

So we’re getting ready to go to Italy again in a month. The ratio¬†is expected to be¬†about 50/35/15, business/other commitments/pleasure –¬†which would be a vast improvement over last year, which was more like 70/25/5. The big question looming on my mind has not been “will my 2-yr old behave on the 14-hour flight?”, or even “what should we bring for the in-laws?”, but “which¬†handbag should I bring?”

On one hand, I know I am going to need to fit everything but the kitchen sink in my bag – and only because we happen not to be in the market for an Italian¬†kitchen sink at the moment.¬† With a perennially-hungry toddler and a sometimes forgetful husband in tow, I will need room for lots of snacks, a water bottle, extra diapers and clothing, our passports, my wallet, and my camera, and those are just the basics. I will also need free access to both my hands – one to prevent my toddler’s hands from touching anything and everything (the dirtier the better), and the other to push the stroller which our daughter only want to sit in if it is nowhere in sight. Given these conditions, I am thinking my trusty old backpack, or my roomy Campomaggi shoulder bag that I can wear cross-body style.

On the other hand, we will be attending two trade shows there, one of which is where hundreds of leather ¬†handbag makers from around Italy and beyond will be showcasing their offerings … so I don’t exactly want to be walking around with a nylon backpack. Besides, Italians are so fashion-conscious that I would feel like I was committing some kind of fashion cardinal sin if I were to carry a handbag that did not perfectly compliment my outfit. Hmm … now a sharp charcoal-grey satchel by Giudi is starting to sound better.

So which bag will it be?

I have yet to settle this important debate in my head, but I am leaning towards all three … the backpack, the crossbody bag, AND the grey satchel (which I don’t even own yet!). I am usually a really light packer, but having a kid changed all of that, so I will definitely need the backpack to help me navigate the airport carrying enough snacks to feed an army.¬†¬†The crossbody will be nice for those¬† few hours of leisure when we may find ourselves strolling down the streets of some quiet medieval town … still carrying tons of snacks but not wanting to look like a mule. And lastly,¬†I definitely must¬†look presentable perusing the isles at a handbag show. The grey satchel will be a must-have, so I can easily coordinate it with my outfits each of the 8 days we’ll be attending the shows.

OK, so it’s settled. I need to bring all three bags. Oh, and maybe even pick one up while we’re there… after all, my birthday IS coming up in five months!