A Taste of Italy: The Ideal City Bag For Fashionistas
Working in the city it’s essential that you have everything on you at all times. Make up, scarf, purse, you name it it’s in the bag. So it’s important to have a bag that accommodates for everything whilst still looking stylish. Do a floor sweep of the YCB offices and it’s a swarm of lustworthy bags, all with two things in common – they’re practical and they’re downright chic. No one does this better than the Italians, so of course we were over the moon to come across Appassionata Boutique. This artisanal brand combines luxury craftsmanship and Italian attention to detail to create a range of handbags that are ready to take on the city.
Seen across the Italian press, it’s time for UK to get a taste of Italy. Appassionata joined forces with the Ribichini’s, a family who have been in the handbag business for generations, working closely with luxury brands including Gucci and Bottega Veneta, the latter which can be seen in their incredible woven designs. Our favourites include the Alessia backpack and the Eva tote, both crafted from the highest quality leathers and including additional compartments so you can keep everything organised and still look chic. When the clock strikes party time though it’s got to be the Chiara chain bag for us. Nothing looks better with a tux jacket or a slinky dress than that lust worthy leather weave.
Each bag is available in lush versatile colours, including black, taupe and chocolate, eliminating any dilemmas that your bag won’t coordinate with your look. For weekends away from the city at Soho Farmhouse or Babington House, we’ll be taking the Raffaella bag with us. This larger bag is just as ideal for carrying your gym kit as it is housing skincare essentials and pyjamas.
Clearly Appassionata have thought of everything that the working woman in the city wants, and above all each bag is made with practicality in mind, including longer straps on some styles for hands-free ease. Not to mention all of the bags look equally stylish from day to night to supermarket runs to strolls in the park.
Fusing Italian leather mastery and exquisite style, Appassionata handbags are made with the highest quality materials from Florence. “We design all our bags in collaboration with Andrea Ribichini. His team then bring all our designs to life using their passion and unrivalled experience. The colour of the dye, the type of weave, the size of a zip – each element of the artisan’s mastery is meticulously considered.” The boutique’s website explains. They also make leather tassels in a variety of colours to add an extra touch to your Appassionata bag and they even offer a monogram service for just £25 so your bag is as personal to you as it can be. It’s these finer details that make Appassionata a go-to destination for the perfect bag. What’s more, the bags range from £90 to £600, so we’ve put all of them on our Christmas lists already. ’Tis the season of giving after all!
Appassionata Boutique was founded on a love of handbags – of course – and developed into an Italian movement so women could ‘appreciate beautiful, handmade handbags, which have lasting value in mind’. Working with local artisans like the Ribichini family and others, Appassionata have built a bag, and a brand, with a story that can be enjoyed for generations. The heritage behind the pieces does not go unnoticed and it is the exquisite attention to detail which makes Appassionata the brand to covet right now.