The weather is heating up and shopping centers across the U.S. are filling up. While Summer used to be a time for shoppers to escape the heat and hit the sales, elite fashion clients know the most coveted items for Fall 2014 are arriving day by day! Right now it's Pre-Fall items (some of the best and least promoted by the magazines) and Runway designs are on the way. Shoppers with a dedicated sales associate are rest assured, as they usually set aside the hottest pieces for the best clients.
This Summer, two Italian houses of luxury fashion have released handbags that are sure to be best sellers.
The Northern city of Vicenza was the birthplace of Bottega Veneta in the 60's and the famed woven leather or "Intrecciato" bags that is a must-have among the rich, the famous, and all around fabulous. Jackie Onassis was an early devotee and the companies famous "when your own initials are enough" spoke volumes to those chic enough not to be covered in branded logos.
Since 2001 the house has been part of Gucci Group - now known as Kering, and the group brought in Gucci alum Tomas Maier to become it's creative director. The brand now has boutiques in most luxury shopping destinations.
This Summer Bottega Veneta launches the Olimpia Bag to it's legions of accessory fans. The sophisticated bag is classic Bottega with it's simple flap and leather and chain strap. The bag is named after the famed Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, the city where the bag is produced and home to the Bottega Veneta atelier. Perfect for that Summer get-away! Price ranges from $2,580 to $5,250.00 - This is one to add to your permanent collection. Get to your nearest Bottega boutique asap.
South of Vicenza - 121 miles to be exact - is Florence. From the architecture, to the sculptures, Florence is the calling card of Italian design. Nestled in the center of this legandary city is the brand that started the designer shoe revolution.
Salvatore Ferragamo is the original house of designer shoes. With a legendary legacy, the house went through a 21st century reboot in the last 4 years. Once worn by Hollywood royalty like Marilyn Monroe (Ferragamo created the stiletto heel for Monroe on film) and Audrey Hepburn, today the house is as likely to seen on Beyonce, Lady Gaga, or the hottest new rap star you haven't heard of yet!
This Summer, the house launches The Fiamma. A handbag named for Fiamma Ferragamo, the daughter of Salvatore that made the brand a global name by adding ready-to-wear and accessories. The Fiamma bag is a top handle, oval bag with enough style and attitude to become your go to -"going out" bag. There are several size and shapes but my favorite is the Mini - so much style and attitude! Find them in a Ferragamo boutique now.
Summer is for sunning, resting, and shopping!! Check the sales while they last.. and get on these it bags before they are wait listed. Bottega and Ferragamo are both brands that don't produce endless quantities - True Luxury!