When it comes to handbag hierarchy, exotic skin bags continue to rule the roost as the prized possession of the deep-pocketed few. One handbag lover even shelled out $300,000 at an auction last year for a crocodile style that we will bet is sitting locked in a safe somewhere. We prefer to admire our bags on our arm, not put them on a pedestal. And no one understands the balance of functionality and chic better than Italian leather goods artisans.
Watching them examine leather samples and painstakingly stitch each piece together is mesmerizing. When we explained what we were looking for in our Olympia Handbag, a sophisticated everyday carrier incorporating rich leather textures, we were awed when Claudia, our workshop manager, pulled out this incredible caramel croc-embossed leather. Paired with sumptuous suede and crafted in the perfect not-too-big, not-too-small size, we knew we’d found our new Queen.