The Commandments of Style

Bottega Veneta, founded in early 1960’s creates bespoke consumer goods with a primary focus on men and women’s ready-to-wear clothing, small leather goods and select home items.  The company was launched by Vittorio, who ran the company and Laura Moltedo who was it’s creative director and president for many years.  Interestingly this luxury goods company, unlike its competitors does not put any label’s or logos on its goods and the only label will be found inside.  It is best summed up by its philosophy of when your own initials are enough – which is so exhilarating for a luxury brand.  With a showroom in New York it’s headquarters are in Milan.  The company merged with Gucci in July 2001.

Most of us will instantly recognize their trademark handbag made of woven leather strips.  This much sought after bag is uniquely crafted from the finest materials.  More recent incarnations include soft suede and plenty of fringing.

Visit the official Bottega Veneta site here

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Confessions of a bag lady…

I have to confess I LOVE HANDBAGS!

Be it a tote, clutch, hobo, satchel, saddlebag, purse, shoulder bag or a holdall I wonder in amazement.  It is said that some 5,000 years ago Otzi the Iceman carried a purse.   Young Edwardian girls were taught to embroider – in fact it was considered a skill for marriage and they used their skills to craft magnificently adorned bags.  The emergence of the modern purse, clutch or handbag is said to have taken place during the Industrial Revolution.  Samuel Parkinson ordered a set of travelling cases and trunks in 1841 when he noticed that his wife’s purse was too small and the material not strong enough to withstand the rail travel of the time.  At his instance a set of luggage made out of leather (and not carpet as was the custom at the time) was manufactured.

Today bags are essential everyday gear which hold our daily lives together – can you image the secrets which would be lost without them or the number of cracked cellphone screens?  I don’t think any other garment is as strongly influenced by sociatal changes and technological advancements as the revered handbag.  The modern woman expresses herself through the bag she chooses to carry as a signal to the world around he of her power, status and beauty.

So I confess as a bag lady, here are some of my favorites:

1.  LANVIN SADDLE BAG:

This elegant side saddle bag is pure Lanvin elegance.  Crafted from smooth calfskin leather with a brass strap detail spanning across the centre front and a brass chain shoulder strap enhance the half moon silhouette of this striking piece.

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2.  MULBERRY TESSIE TOTE:

Designed to develop a beautiful suppleness over time, Mulberry’s ‘Tessie’ tote is crafted from brown textured-leather. This faux suede-backed piece has visible stitching to showcase the label’s meticulous craftsmanship. Roomy enough for your tablet and a change of shoes, you can wear it on the shoulder or in the crook of your arm.

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3.  GUCCI CONTINENTAL WALLET:

Gucci’s coated-canvas wallet is woven with the label’s heritage monogrammed pattern. It opens to an organized interior with 10 card slots, a zipped section for coins and three compartments for bills and receipts.

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4.  LAMBCHOP (a.k.a LONGCHAMP)

All my girlfriends and I have one in varying sizes and colors.  We even joke that at some events we need luggage tags as there is a pile of Lambchops in the corner.  Lambchop being the nickname given to it by a seriously funny friend.

But this one is a must….

This ultra lightweight nylon canvas model with slender straps and a snap closure leather flap is one of Longchamp’s most emblematic bags.

The Le Pliage bag is inspired by the Japanese art of origami. Simple yet eminently ingenious, it has become a firm favorite all over the world. The Le Pliage line comes in a multitude of shapes and sizes, in around a dozen colors each season. As light as a feather, Le Pliage folds down into a notebook size and is sturdy enough to be your everyday companion.

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These are my 4 must haves for the day – get yours at this site or that one

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All wrapped up…

A selection of some of my favorite fabulous wrapping paper which complements my mantra when it comes to gift wrap of brilliant design and luxurious paper with a gorgeous heavy weight which adds panache to any present:

“Burch” Wrapping Paper from Rifle Paper Company.  Sheets are sized 19.5″ x 27″ and come in packs of three.  Available at Amazon for $10.55.

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From Wrappily (Made from 100% recyclable paper and soy based ink) comes this set of six generous (21.5″ by 34″) reversible sheets of wrapping called “Happy Hawaii/ Kawaii Waves”.  Get your set here for $15.00 and you will also get gift tag stickers when your order arrives…Yay!

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Another stunner from Rifle Paper Co called “Rosa” printed in the USA on text weight paper.  Sheets are 19.5″ x 27″ and comes in sets of three – available here.d1554bd84d5877120778ba61055f0f3e

“The Enchanted Garden” is a whimsical collection by Wrappily.  Wrappily’s reversible gift wrap sheets come flat and folded with complementary gift tag stickers. Sheet size is 21.5″ x 34”. Printed in Washington on recycled and recyclable newsprint.  Grab yours here.

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