With the new Spring/Summer 2018 collection, Il Bisonte introduced a lot of new Italian leather handbags. These will of course appeal to the ladies, but thankfully, there are plenty of new mens/unisex bags as well. Take the new CAMAIORE series, for example. By combining nylon and cotton, they’ve come up with a technical fabric that is more durable and resilient, and pleasing to the touch. One such product is a travel bag that can be folded up when not in use.
Because seriously: how many times have you gone on vacation, only to come back with overweight suitcases or having had to buy an extra luggage to carry all the souvenirs home? Well, if you throw one of these into your suitcase, problem solved. It’s light-weight, doesn’t take up a ton of space, and you still don’t have to give up your sense of style with this handsome technical fabric travel bag (with Italian leather trim, I might add)!
If you’re already familiar with Il Bisonte, the bag is consistent with their high quality in both craftsmanship and materials. If you are new to the brand, I encourage you to read all about Wanny di Filippo and how Il Bisonte became world-renowned for the quality and timeless beauty of their products.
Last summer, while playing my weekly co-ed recreational soccer game, I got an email. It was from a company called Il Bisonte, reaching out because they thought that our philosophy of preserving the way of the artisan would be a good match for their products. While we receive a lot of business solicitations along the lines of “trendy leather bags, very cheap price!”, it’s rare to get a thoughtful email from someone offering products that are in tune with what we are about. I showed the photos of their products to my teammates and received immediate positive feedback, so I hurried home to share the excitement with Daniele, slowly allowing myself to become cautiously optimistic about this brand.
Fast forward 9 months and here we are, proudly carrying a selection of these Florentine leather goods ranging from business card holders to tote bags. With the long-anticipated arrival of the Spring/Summer collection at the end of the month, our catalog will more than double – expanding into categories such as backpacks, weekenders, coin purses and key cases. In the meantime, we have quickly developed an admiration for Il Bisonte’s philosophy of creating high-quality, minimalist leather goods, where the amazing quality of the vegetable-tanned Tuscan vacchetta leather takes center stage. Yes, for me, it’s the leather – it’s always been about the leather. I was pretty much sold the moment I laid eyes on this before and after comparison showing just how gracefully Il Bisonte products age:
I immediately invested in the large Il Bisonte logo tote (shown above) and am looking forward to watching the leather deepen in color and acquire that wonderful patina over the years. If you Google “Il Bisonte”, it’s not hard to find fans worldwide boasting about their “20-yr old handbag” or “30-yr old key case” – and I absolutely love that.