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The Ultimate Leather Coin Purse

FERRO Leather Coin Purse Red Delicious Burl
FERRO Florentine Leather Coin Purse in Red Delicious Burl

I have seen many coin purses in my life. Many of them made by very experienced and skilled artisans. Then I saw the FERRO and understood what could be accomplished when you set out to make the best possible coin purse.

After years of wondering whether our customers would pay more to get the best coin purse in the world, we finally decided to show you what we think is the best coin purse in the world and let you decide if it is for you. You should first read about who Peroni is.

I think that the first goal was: “it has to work perfectly, every time.” I put all my change in the FERRO to test it, I closed it, and right there I was sold: this coin purse is designed to stay closed with ease! Next, “is it easy to open?” Yes, easy enough with the pull tab and the amount of force required is the same every time. Next, “do the coins come out of the purse and gather in the cover?” Definitely yes. Even though I had a lot of coins they all gathered in the cover and did not fall out. The coin purse hard edges give me the feeling that it will always operate like this and I can rely on it.

FERRO Leather Coin Purse Red Delicious Burl
The coin purse comes in a variety of beautiful colors.

As I was testing the FERRO I could not help but notice how smooth and pleasant the leather was. I am a fan of vacchetta leather, which is very genuine and somewhat raw, but to accomplish this kind of precision in a product you need leather that is smooth and precise. You too will be able to smell and feel the unmistakable artistry of Florentine leather craftsmanship. Quality leather and Italian craftsmanship can be found in other products. What makes the FERRO coin purse stand out is its design. Using a single piece of leather and 37 production steps, the FERRO does not use any stitching.

So pick one up. I doubt that you will see anything else quite like it.

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Transformations: The Amici

Amici Business Tote by Campomaggi

Campomaggi bags often break down categories, which is part of their charm for yours truly, an inveterate metaphysician.  Poring over the Marcopoloni website as I often do on breaks from my editing jobs, I noticed the Amici. It looked like a girl’s bag; and indeed, if you google “amici,” you will be informed that the name may refer to a girly bag. But Marcopoloni, like Campomaggi, isn’t interested in confirming other people’s conventions (which is part of their charm for this metaphysician). So I decided to look harder at this bag.

It had all the makings of a great man bag. It zipped tight; it had pockets on the outside for phone and keys; it was somewhat narrow, making it sit on the hip (for older men) but could ride next the buttocks (for younger, who don’t mind bringing attention to their buttocks). Best of all, it had generous handles, so the bag could be scooped up from the car seat or the seat next to you at the bistro when your lady friend just happens by.

So, Emi had to be alerted! Manbag sighting on website, but . . . . the Amici was being presented as a lady’s bag, or so it seemed to me; it had cousins on the site that were definitely lady’s bags, even by Campomaggi’s liberal standards (their lady’s bags are indisputably womanly). But could the Amici be both! The Amici is, after all, a Campomaggi bag.

After doing research, Emi agreed it could be a manbag. A new issue arose: in Marcopoloni’s holdings there were two versions (you are warned that Campomaggi bags tend to be one-of-a-kind). One version, in black, was definitively horizontal. Another version, in distressed cognac, was almost square. The difference was genderish, or at least I persuaded myself of this (and I hope someone will challenge this). The more vertical in cognac was worth a try.

And it has been tried and tried again. First, my Amici became the model for a new blog banner; even photoshopped, it holds its own. My Amici is like Wallace Stevens’s jar in Tennessee: “The wilderness rose up to it, / And sprawled around, no longer wild.” The blogosphere is indeed the new wilderness, and I hope my new blog, under the aegis of my Amici, will create a space for itself.

Second test: I recently used the bag on a trip to Bath, UK, where we stay at The Abbey Hotel and confront the grandchildren, at this point limited to Mary Elizabeth of the “terrible twos” and her younger sibling Frederick Emmanuel D’Evelyn, whom I have nick-named Il Presidente, and his lion-like roar bids fair for his living up to that handle. The Amici, if not quite defeating Mary and Freddie’s capacity for creating wilderness wherever they venture, at least reminded me throughout that one must not take appearances as definitive, that experience is constantly challenging stereotypes, and that the most we can hope for is that, in the end as in the beginning, love conquers all.

Bags personify our condition amidst universal change, of personal wandering in an open universe: this is the romance of bags as I understand them. On this trip, the Amici is my bag, and my bag is “literary,” so it will not be amiss to remove from its back pocket a haiku written on the spot:

Full English breakfast

one terrible two, one infant,

tears, wide-eyes, big laughs

Tom and Mary
Tom with Mary ... and his Amici peeking through!
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Stazione by Giudi: the Evolved Man Bag

Stazione messenger briefcase
Stazione Messenger Briefcase

Young men who, on a day off,  can slow down, who know how to move as if they were old, are way ahead of the game. It takes talent and a certain bag.

Giudi’s Stazione is a most evolved bag. It’s a hybrid: A blend of messenger and briefcase, on a modest scale. It is no burden to carry, it has many pockets but little bulk, it zips up tight. It draws on many types of bag, but I’d call it a man bag.

A man bag is a bag a man is not embarrassed to carry, but it is not a briefcase or tote. It is too small to be a “work bag” – a new category which helps in marketing because it makes men feel they will be identified as a “worker” when in use. This need to be seen as working is one of the myths that keep men from being honest about their needs for a bag and the associated problem with self-expression: what does this bag, your bag, say about you?

As boomers mature, this identity as worker becomes problematic and finally false: I’m not working, I do not work, my career is over! I carry a bag because I like walking about (though on some days I make slow progress) and seeing things and people and I need to have some things with me.

I carry a bag because I don’t like vests with “multiple” pockets (I am not a mountain climber or an adventurer; I don’t turn leisuire into work). My bag may look like a briefcase, an echo from the past;  but it is a shoulder bag and only big enough for the novel I’m reading, my journal, my newspaper, my reading glasses, my keys, a pen, a flask for the grappa I will add to my espresso, and there’s room for something small I will pick up later in my wanderings, some nice chocolate. If I remember, I will get the mail – it’s always just bills these days, the children use email — and store it in my Stazione until I get home.

I am Odysseus, back from the wars, happy to have survived; Penelope is at home, or not (she’s a bit like me, likes to get out, we are not the jealous kind); I still wander, but I don’t make people suffer for my libido. I’m at peace with myself and my bag makes no apologies. It happens to be quite handsome, Giudi being a very fine outfit, masters of hides, and women do ask me about it, it has real charm. I like to think it rubs off on me, we’re that close.

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Review of the VOLO Travel Shoulder Bag by Giudi

In this video, Daniele reviews our new VOLO travel shoulder bag by Giudi. Watch the video and find out why it is the perfect little bag for traveling in style!

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Review of the STAZIONE Leather Messenger Bag Briefcase by Giudi

Daniele reviews the new STAZIONE Messenger Bag Briefcase by Giudi.

Transcript:

Hi. Today I want to introduce the STAZIONE: a new briefcase messenger bag by Giudi.

As you can see, it’s got the classic, sporty school-satchel design, but the smooth, high-sheen Italian leather and brass-colored hardware add a touch of elegance.

The front flap has two buckles – but they’re actually just for show. Hidden behind them are clip-in-closures … so you get the old-world coolness without the hassle.
The two open pockets behind the flap are really useful for small items that you might need to access in a hurry.

Inside, you’ve got one main compartment with a zipper closure, a back zippered pocket, a hook for your keys, a front velcro-pocket, and a couple of built-in pen loops and card holders.

There is also a larger zippered pocket in the back as well.
The shoulder strap is all leather, and you can adjust the length with this belt buckle.

All in all, I think it’s a great bag for business professionals, but I think it looks good with jeans, too … what do you think??

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Video of Verrazzano Leather Man Bag by Campomaggi

We took a quick video of the Verrazzano bag, to answer some questions we’ve been getting about how the strap and the closure work. Hope this helps!

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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.

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The perfect wallet for your back pocket!

QUATTRINI - Men

My husband loses everything. He’s also very difficult in taste, very traditional and conservative, and after he lost his wallet again I took the opportunity to get him to try something different.

We started out by thinking about what he needs to carry in his wallet: a bunch of credit/business cards, some cash and his ID. He also needs a wallet to be thin since it has the strange habit of collecting useless receipts – tons of them –  and if he had a wallet that is bulky to begin with I could only imagine how it would end up!

At first, he was looking at the LIRA – Men’s Italian Leather Wallet with Privacy ID Flap, which he really liked because of its clear view window for the ID.

Then I showed him another wallet from Dionigi, the QUATTRINI – Men’s Nylon and Leather Wallet. I pointed out how it is slightly smaller than the LIRA, is slim to begin with, and has a good number of card slots. This wallet really has everything my husband needs, plus it’s a little more modern and younger looking which I like!

He was up for trying it … I couldn’t believe it! I actually let the excitement carry me away a little since I then tried to convince him to get it in blue. I should have known that such a suggestion would not going anywhere! Too bad because I really think the blue one is cute, especially for the sporty, always-in-jeans type of guy.

Well, my husband usually never likes clothes or accessories that are designed in a way that is different from how you would commonly expect them to be. He had always owned a traditional-style black leather wallet before. This new design was already a huge step forward for him!

He has been using it for a few months now and he is happy with it. We recently found out the best feature of all: no more tracking down lost wallets at the movie theatre or restaurants, not to mention digging through our couch and in our cars —  because the textured nylon makes this wallet less likely to slip out from my husband’s back pocket. It’s like the wallet is slip-proof!!!

Of course I’m not saying that the QUATTRINI (or its brother SPICCIOLI – Nylon and Leather Wallet with Coin Pocket) is a loss-proof wallet or that it won’t ever slip out – especially if you are dealing with a man like my husband! – but I would definitely recommend it to all you men who carry your wallet in the back pocket of your pants!