How to Buy a Campomaggi Bag: Campomaggi Leather and Color Variations Explained

First, a Little Background.

Marco Campomaggi's bags are intentionally made to be imperfect. They undergo a unique manufacturing process, where each bag is washed, dyed and distressed in its entirety after all the parts are put together - straps, lining and all (see exceptions below). This technique (patented by Marco's Campomaggi brand) not only gives his bags their vintage, weathered look, but also makes each single piece really a one-of-a-kind work of art. In fact, it GUARANTEES that no two bags are exactly alike. Because each "skin" is unique in the way it absorbs color, stretches and shrinks, each finished bag is distinct in its color, tonality, and texture. The resulting shape and size may also vary slightly.

In short: if you are looking for an even-toned, uniform-looking, cookie-cutter bag that looks like it came off of an assembly line, look elsewhere. Those of you who love a bag with uniqueness and personality to match your own, look no further.

About the Leather Variations

The leather used in Marco's rugged bags and accessories is 100% Italian full-grain leather - the finest quality - and the more you wear it, the more charm and personality it acquires. There are several varieties of leather used, which are:

Distressed (Also called Washed, or Lavata)
This is the leather that put Marco Campomaggi on the map. Remarkably vintage, "weathered" look. The natural tone of the leather is preserved, so the bag only acquires subtle earthy color "nuances" from the dying process. The leather is buttery and sumptuous ... you can just feel the natural oils as you run your fingers over it! The unparalleled results are achieved by washing and dying the finished product in a tumbler.
You may also see this referred to as "Whitened Cowhide". Also distressed as above, but pre-treated to acquire more color during the dying process. Big benefit is that it is slightly lighter in weight than the Distressed counterparts. The surface also tends to have more of a matte texture.
Ok, we all know that canvas is not leather, but Campomaggi's canvas bags deserve a little explanation. They are military-grade (i.e. very durable!) cotton canvas, and are even water-resistant. They feature distressed leather trim to add that extra bit of "rugged". Campomaggi's canvas bags and accessories are either stone-washed - which yields a light honey-colored leather trim, or dyed and distressed as above - which results in colored leather trim.
Not just any nylon. Top-quality Italian nylon - the kind used in luxury sail boats, and yes, also used by top brand-name designers.

About Color Variations

Campomaggi cognac
This Dondi is "cognac" ...
Campomaggi cognac
... but so is this one!
Campomaggi cognac
... and this, too!

If you are familiar with the Campomaggi brand, you probably know that for Campomaggi items, a Cognac is not a Cognac, and an Espresso is not an Espresso. You may come across an Espresso bag with a light, vintage hue to it - and you can also come across an Espresso bag with a warmer, chestnutty tone. This is the beauty of Campomaggi products, and it is also why we post photos of each individual bag in stock. Because you may not be in love with one shade of Cognac, but may find another shade to die for.

Even MORE Variations

Let's go back to the part about the bag being dyed after it's been put together ... well, since the individual pieces of leather that make up the bag are not pre-dyed, it's impossible to know which parts will acquire more or less color. For example, you may see different shades of color in the body, flap, and pockets. Now, these characteristics would be considered a fault when you're talking about non-Campomaggi bags ... but only increases the desirability when it comes garment-dyed (fancy word for dyed after put together) bags. If you like a bag with strong, uncompromising characters, you'll want to look for these. After all, these effects can't be reproduced on command!

Got It?

If you think you've got it, then you're ready to shop for Campomaggi bags and accessories! If you'd like us to try explaining it a little better, please feel free to contact us!