From my first trip to Italy three years ago to this most recent one, I made it a point to seek out Italian leather goods to bring home with me. I've collected a pair of riding boots, a satchel from a local designer in Pienza and three pairs of ballet flats. The good news for you is that getting your hands on Italian made leather goods doesn't have to cost you a plane ticket to Italy! All thanks to Armadio, a Brooklyn-based company that seeks to bring undiscovered Italian makers directly to consumers, cutting out the middlemen and the associated costs. Armadio travels through Italy to find the best from talented makers and offers it directly to its customers online.
I'm obsessed with my Coromell mini, made from calf skin and intricately hand woven (no stitches!) by artisan Ghibli, a specialist in this area. The mini is perfect for going out and can fit my essentials: phone (I have an 8+), house key, credit cards and chapstick. The mini comes in four other colors as well as a larger size and seven other styles. I have to say, the hand woven leather reminds me of Bottega Veneta, but without the high price tag!
Aside from handbags, Armadio also offers small leather good as well as select styles in shoes (booties and loafers with tassels) which are currently on sale and who doesn't love a good sale.
Although this is a sponsored post, the opinions contained in this post are my own.