Purses and handbags have been traced back to the Fourteenth Century, and have always been an indispensable practical sine qua non, an emblem of the feminine mystique.
Enter couture mid eighteen hundred with early to mid nineteen hundred influx. Italian designers offer handbags that are hot and stylish, trendy, fun and flirty, classy, glam, feminine chic, functional, luxurious, prestigious, sophisticated, classical and sexual. All parallel “handbag passion” for ‘Arriving in Style’.
The marvelous European houses of haute couture presenting the invaluable handbag are mostly centered in Italia.
Armani: Georgio Armani’s arrival in 1934 in Piacenza, Italy offered sophisticated elegance, and with styles fabricated through one of the best excellence of synthetic leather. Styles included totes and shoulder bags in unconventional patterns that accentuated clothing no matter style.
Dolce&Gabbana: Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of Milan, Italy appeared in 1985. Dolce&Gabbana is luxurious, formal and timeless. Their “D&B” branding sets trends versus follows.
Fendi: Eduardo Fendi headquartered in Rome, Italy materialized in 1918. Fendi’s Italian luxury fashion house is most commonly known for its “baguette” handbag. A baguette, usually, a richly decorated handbag pouche carried on belts or within clothes was established in the Sixteenth Century Renaissance. Ashley Teasdale’s favorite is the oversized Fendi, and Lady Gaga sports the pink Fendi.
Ferragamo: Salvatore Ferragamo headquartered in Florence, Italy arrived upon the scene in 1923 within the “Hollywood Boot Shop”. Hence, originally and primarily known for boots and shoes. The feet of Crawford, Garbo, A. Hepburn, Loren, Monroe, Swanson and Warhol to call just a few, where Ferragamo’s marketers. In 1960 Ferragamo handbags entered the fashion scene. Margaret Thatcher’s famous handbags were of Ferragamo. Ferragamo offers innovation and ingenuity.
Gucci: Guccio Gucci established himself in 1921 in Florence, Italy with the master craftsmanship of Tuscan artisans. Gucci signature is known for the interlocking G’s with a sequence strap. Within the 1940’s while leather was difficult to acquire Gucci offered bags of bamboo. Gucci is understood also for the hobo and tote bag, inclusive of the satin evening bag.
Prada: Mario Prada opened his doors in Milan, Italy in 1913, offering steamer trunks and handbags. Prada is known for bohemian luxury and a lower than haute couture look. Prada handbags are of parachute nylon.
Versache: Gianni Versache originated in 1978 in Milan, Italy, and is without doubt one of the world’s leading international fashion houses. Versache’s design style reflects color, sexuality and smooth lines that are luxurious and classical, and inspired with elegant linings.
Louis Vuitton: Louis Vuitton or “LV” headquartered in Florence, Italy and established in 1854 is likely one of the oldest French luxury fashion houses. Vuitton is reputed for its LV-pattern, with styles in brown and leather bags and trunks. “LV” is a symbol of style, sophistication, prestige and status. Madonna, Jessica Simpson and Miranda Kerr favor “LV”.
Ergo, the Italian “masters of handbag fashion” offer excellence, uniqueness, luxury and signature logo. Innovation and ingenuity, along with sophistication, prestige and timelessness in the tradition of Italian leather is haute couture elegance for “Arriving in Style”.