Poppi Italian Leather has returned from Milan.

Poppi Italian Leather has returned from the fall buying trip in Milan. This trip is essential for bringing in Spring/Summer 2019 merchandise.  September is one of my favorite months to travel in Italy.  Tourism is down and the weather is cooler. Its a beautiful month with all its changing colors and vibrant flavors.

Let’s catch up on Poppi’s buying trip. The first 3 days were spent at Mipel in Rho Fiero (a suburb of Milan). It is an exhilarating show for serious handbag aficionados, such as myself!  Like shoes, one can never have too many beautiful Italian leather bags. And Spring Collection will not disappoint our customers. The bags will be vibrant with style and color. But I can’t give away too many secrets for spring fashion.

Fall Buying Trip to Milan
Mipel Handbag Show

My next stop was to Florence to visit Simone and his father. This father/son duo owns a small factory in the Tuscany Region and supplies musch of Florence with bags.  Poppi has been selling Simone Bags since 2008. If you are looking for the iconic Florence tote you can find them at poppiitalianleather.com  Shop online now for the Florence Tote. News Flash……more are arriving in November.

Fall Buying Trip to Milan
Leather Tote from Florence


Poppi Italian Leather Introduces The Stylish Palazzo Pants from the fall buying trip

After side trips to visit Perugia, Deruta and Bologna, Poppi Italian Leather returned to Milan for the stylish apparel show.  Consider yourself worldly?  You will appreciate finding all the latest fashion straight from the streets of Milan. Shop now at our online store www.poppiitalialeather.com  A featured fashion trend highlighted is the palazzo pant. Woman are wearing them everywhere in Italy. The palazzo pants made it first appearance in the 1930’s by Coco Chanel who had spotted the elegant men’s trousers on a trip to Venice.  She realized she could re-invent them for women. Palazzo pants are versatile and stylish.

Palazzo Pants
Newest Style from Milan
View from Room In Perugia
Rooftop Terrace in Perugia

Murano Glassware and Jewelry

For the eclectic side of your personality treat yourself to a stunning Murano necklace. Our Murano jewelry is handcrafted by Venetian artisans. The beads in the featured necklace are made with a technique that infuses 24K gold in the glass. Owning a Murano necklace is a privilege enjoyed by women who value originality, impeccable craftmanship, history and famed Italian Style. Buy it now at Poppi Italian Leather. https://poppiitalianleather.com/jewelry/murano-glass-necklace.html

The Must-have Handbag from Gianni Conti at Poppi Italian Leather

Our “must-have” handbag found online shop is from Gianni Conti. One of our favorite designers. The bag is available in three colorways, classic brown, black and  chocolate. It’s the perfect size with a top zip closure and adjustable shoulder strap. Inside there’s plenty of organization with a center zip divider, side zip pocket and two open pockets for cellphones. And, the best features is the strap. It  expands three different lengths, handheld, shoulder length or cross body. https://poppiitalianleather.com/handbags/gianni-conti-914081.html

Wishing you all a wonderful fall season from Poppi Italian Leather


20% Off Father’s Day Gifts at POPPI Italian Leather

The Father in your life deserves anything but the ordinary. Celebrate a one-of-a-kind Father with a gift as unique as he is with an Italian Leather wallet, luggage item or briefcase from POPPI Italian Leather.

For a limited time, get 20% off when you use the coupon code:    dad

Browse Our Collection

Our leather goods are produced by family-run businesses who have passed down the tradition of master leatherworking from generation to generation. Only the highest quality of tanned leather is used. This age-old process of veg-tanned leather combined with new concepts, designs, and modern technology, offers you bags that are timeless in their appeal, sophistication, and beauty. The art of veg-tan leather is a time-consuming process and cannot be mass-produced!



Ideal Mother’s Day Gifts at Poppi Italian Leather


Mother’s Day is next Month and we have the Gifts covered

Buongiorno my Friends, we have gifts for mom!

This is Rebecca from Poppi Italian Leather.   Mother’s Day (or Festa della Mamma as it is known in Italy) is coming up next month and I know how personally stressful finding the perfect gift for one of the most important people in your life can be!

Though it’s not always possible to personally visit Italy, I know many of you may have moms that have travelled to and appreciate Italian culture and handcrafted items made in Italy. Perhaps you have spent a special vacation visiting the glass blowers of Murano or the leather merchants in Florence, or simply strolling the streets of Rome after eating “cena” (dinner) in Rome. Or browsing the gold merchants on Ponte Di Vecchio in Florence.

My suggestions below are ideal as a Mother’s Day gift for Italophiles who adore true Italian craftsmanship —if you find something you like yourself, well we won’t tell! Everyone warrants a “treat yourself” moment because let’s be honest, you deserve it too.

Flute gift
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Murano Glass makes the ideal gift

For Murano Lovers, these wine glasses would make the perfect Mothers’s Day gift.  buy them with or without stems. If you’re looking for that “WOW” factor then treat her to one of the vases. A truly remarkable piece of art that makes a statement in any décor.  Another Murano item I adore includes this multi colored Murano glass necklace with three strands of “tile” beads.  This  stunning piece comes with matching earrings. If making a statement is more your style we have many elegant and bold piece of Murano jewelry that truly channels that feeling of Venetian crystal.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmVNOqn9HPo

Murano Gifts
Murano Necklace AK519
Gifts from Murano
Murano Necklace AK519

Luxurious leather bags is the ideal gift for Mothers’s Day

I’m swooning over this buttery soft leather bag in  dreamy sea glass green. Its a five-star luxury by Ripani, available in two sizes. Check out all the features including the outside zip pockets and cross body strap.  Perhaps her style is more casual then she will love our woven bags in weathered leather. Did I mention these woven’s are available in several different styles and sizes……so uniquely Italian!  If she plans on traveling this summer or likes to be hands free take a peek at our medium sized backpack in either classic brown or black. It’s the ultimate chic way to travel these days.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W05mOo-jorY


Handbag Gift
Ripani Handbag
Ripani Handbag
Ripani Handbag

Italian Apparel, stylish, functional and chic!

I almost forgot to mention our Apparel, all made exclusively in Italy. The lightweight summer cardigan is one of my favorites, available in Nite blue, black or pastel pink. It’s the perfect weight for summer and can easily be dressed up or worn casually. These tunics in pastel colors of pink, blue or chalk by Mey Fashion are easy to wear, machine washable and travel well. The bell sleeve is a flattering to elbow length. Wear these with linen pants, jeans or leggings.http://www.mercatoditestaccio.it/

Tunic Top 16208
Tunic 16208
Dress MA1051
Lightweight Cardigan 6806
Lightweight Cardigan 6806

Check out my favorites mentioned here for Mother’s Day or just browse through all the great stuff yourself…..on Poppiitalianleather. We have so many new items that I’m so excited about!



Ciao Bella……La primavera `e arrivata (Spring has arrived)

Its spring and Poppi Italian Leather is excited to announce the first collection of designer handbags from Italy. Ripani has shipped us a beautiful selection of exquisite Italian Leather Handbags. The handbags are fresh from the fashion runways of Italy, and “must haves” for everyone’s wardrobe. Check out the latest styles and colors for Spring. There are bellissimo!   www.secretitaly.it/5-emerging-italian-fashion-designers-to-know-in-2017/

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Jazz Musician on the street in Milan


Ripani bags are meticulously crafted by skilled artisans using only the finest Italian materials. The brand is famous for its fashionable, elegant and exquisite collections. As a result, these bags are highly refined with attention to detail in every step of the design process. The Leather is the finest calfskin or cow hides, tanned with organic solutions.  No chemical are used on the leather and the process takes over 40 days. As a result, this leaves the leather in its natural state. Hence, the key that makes Italian Leather the finest in the world.


Made in Italy, RIPANI boasts 40 years of experience in manufacturing leather handbags and accessories.  High end boutiques all over the world sell Ripani. Known for its deft craftsmanship, indisputable quality and contemporary designs, RIPANI is the brand that gives you that “feel of elegance”.  We invite you to view the Ripani collection on our web site at Poppiitalianleather.com.

On the way are new collections from Gianni Conti and Innue.


Now is the time to add fresh style and inspiration to your wardrobe.  And Italy seems to have it all — amazing cuisine, iconic art and culture, and, um, gelato, anyone?  Based on our newest arrival the latest collection is no exception! https://www.wmagazine.com/topic/italy

Capped Sleeve Dress - MA1002
Capped Sleeve Dress – MA1002
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Also, we have received a wonderful selection of elegant, fun and exciting spring and summer apparel. This is the time of year when we love to put winter behind  us and move forward into the vibrancy and freshness of spring. It’s time to cast off heavy clothing and celebrate the goodness, freshness and the renewal of springtime.

Flatter your femininity with the grace and dignity of being a woman.  At Poppi you will find a stunning array of clothing and bags that will make you feel good about yourself. Feeling good about oneself inspires confidence. It allows us to step out into the world empowered with elegance and style. Also, there is no substitute for the chic European look of the Italian style.  While we offer real Italian style our prices at Poppi are surprisingly reasonable and affordable.

Poppi Italian Leather has the selection in handbag and clothing to give you the exclusive European look that is sought after in the US.

BLue Tunic Dress
BLue Tunic Dress MA1051


Most noteworthy, Poppi’s clothing and leather goods are made in Italy by family owned companies committed to quality, responsibility to their workers, environmental sensitivity and sustainability. We take pride in this.

Milan handbags
Gianni Conti Showroom

We invite you to visit Poppi Italian Leather web site or stop at our store located downtown Rochester, MN to view our collection.  poppiitalianleather.com

Mention you saw this blog and receive 15% off on the leather.  It’s Poppi’s way of saying buon tempo di primavera

Handbags for the Perfect Fall/Winter Season


Best Fall & Winter Handbags Made the Italian Way

Ciao Poppi followers!  The new handbags for fall & winter season have all arrived in. This is good news to share with my followers. The bad news is the weather is starting to turn colder signaling winter is approaching. The new bags seen here will not be available until November 10th on the web. Call the store to buy and ship today.  507-282-3088

New Handbags by Gianni Conti

The first trio of handbags I want to talk about are from the designer Gianni Conti. First of all, they come in three color options. A dark gray with black trim, a caramel brown, and deep ruby red with black trim. The front of the bag offers two zip pockets and the back has one large horizontal zip pocket. The bag sports one handle that is long enough to be worn on the shoulder. Additionally, customers can wear it as a cross body bag, with the long strap provided. In addition, the inside of the bag is very roomy with two open pockets, big enough to fit a phone, wallet, or keys, and a side zip pocket. Finally, if you’re a compartment lover this bag is perfect for you as it offers great. http://gianniconti.com

Gianni Conti

Introducing Alex & Co.

The next style is smaller than the first mentioned handbags. These handbags are also Gianni Conti but from their sportier line called Alex & Co., new to Poppi Italian Leather.  Also, the bags are a perfect accessory for a night out or if you just prefer the look of the smaller handbag.  Furthermore, the colors available are beige rose, olive green, and black. It has a twisted rope design down the front middle of the flap, and a design detail of a zipper that encircles the rounded shape. There is a zip top under the flap as well as a zipper pocket on the inside. Customers can use this handbag as a shoulder or cross body bag. http://poppiitalianleather.com

Gianni Conti
Alex & Co.

Vintage Woven Handbag Styles

For those of our shoppers who love the vintage woven look in handbags, we have new styles in this story line. In particular, one style being a medium bucket bag with an exterior vertical pocket. It sports one handle for the shoulder, and has a long adjustable and removable cross body strap. Specifically offered in neutral taupe or chocolate brown. On the other hand, this style features a woven front flap with smooth leather on the body of the bag. Under the flap are two open pockets for exterior storage along with a back horizontal zip pocket. This bag gives you the best of both worlds and it comes in deep red or black. The third woven bag is a medium messenger or cross body bag with a slim profile. It has an exterior zip pocket with a long adjustable strap, available in red, black or taupe. http://pellealvegetale.it

Italian Handbags
Vintage Woven Leather Bags

A Slice of Italy at Poppi Italian Leather

If you are an admirer of Italian style you will find a slice of Italy here. Our products are all “Made in Italy” and come from generations of families who have dedicated their lives to creating timeless beauty with each piece one by one. Stop in to our store located in the Shops at University Square, Rochester, MN, a short walk from Mayo Medical Center. Shop on line at poppiitalianleather.com or check out Poppi’s facebook page. Stop in, shop online or call to place your order. We ship anywhere within the contingent US.

Arno River as seen from Ponte Vecchio

Ci vediamo (see you later) my friends.

Woven Italian Handbags in vintage leather look

Woven Italian Leather Handbags

Ciao Poppi followers! Welcome to the store that brings you the latest in Italian Leather. First off, this month we started with a bang for the fourth of July and to keep that excitement going, I would like to introduce the newest style coming from Italy.  The vintage style woven Italian handbag in weather leather.

Here at Poppi, we pride ourselves on having the bag that will match your personality.  We encourage you to set your own style!  Be a trend setter in your world. From big bags, to small, from eclectic and colorful to traditional in style, you will find the perfect bag at Poppi Italian Leather.

Gianni Conti Designs in Woven Leather

The new woven Italian handbag Made by Gianni Conti, are offered in four styles, a tote, the bucket bag, a medium cross body and the smaller cross body.  The colors available are black, cognac brown, chocolate brown and taupe. The leather is styled in a vintage, weather appearance, interlaced and woven.  The bucket and tote bag each comes with a long detachable and adjustable strap. The cross body bags have long adjustable straps.  All have top zip closures with many interior options for keeping your items organized.  The cross body bags has outside zip pockets

The story of Gianni Conti began in 1920 when Nicola Contigiani began making hand-made leather bags in his “Casa” in Italy.  It has grown into a respected and re-known design house producing exemplar leather bags and wallets for both women and men.  Each bag tells its own story,  from the fragrance of the Veg-Tanned leather, to the particular aesthetics, and finally the endurance of each bag made. Like many Italian businesses it has now passed to his family to continue the family tradition.

This month we invite you in to see our woven bags and find the perfect one for you. If woven  does not suit your style there are plenty of other pretty and stylish bags to choose from!  Always feel free to check out our website at poppiitalianleather.com

Woven Handbags
Woven Handbags

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Best Italian Clothes

Ciao my Poppi lovers!  Today’s blog will be featuring some of our beautiful pieces of clothing we have in store and online.

The first top is a sleeveless rich minty green with a burst of raspberry in a floral pattern.  There is a small v cut out that rests beneath the hollow of your neck with strings to tie a bow across the cut out. It is a loose fitting top that billows out towards the hem. It is a sheer top with under top sewn attached to it. Looks wonderful with any color denim or leggings. Available in a small or medium.

The next piece is a ¾ quarter sleeve top with a small shoulder cut out on each arm, decorated with filigree pattern. Is a lightweight flowy top that comes in white or a light brown, perfect to wear on those sunny days. Looks wonderful with denim or leggings.  Available in medium or large.

The final piece can be worn as casual or perfect for a night out on the town. Comes in a light grey or an olive green. A long sleeve top that follows the high/low fashion. The back of the top is long enough when wearing leggings, will cover your derriere.   Looks great with dark denim or black leggings. Can be paired with multiple options of jewelry or shoes.  Available in medium or large.

There are many more fun tops, skirts, pants and dresses to choose from! Something for every occasion, stop in or check out our website now!


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Happy Mother’s Day from Poppi Italian Leather

Ciao, Poppi Followers!

Ciao my Poppi followers! Today is a very special day where we honor and pamper that person so special to us; Happy Mother’s Day!  Today I would like to talk about some of the new arrivals here in the store that would make a perfect gift.

Our first item is a very beautiful dress that would be perfect for cocktails in the spring or a night out for the summer. It has a sheer over layer detailed in a floral pattern, with mesh style long sleeves and a pale pink slip. Goes down to right above the knees and is a great way to show off the warm weather glow!

Our next item is a beautiful blush jacket, that is ¾ quarter sleeved with a cream flower pin to accent one of the sides of the jacket. The summer weight cotton jacket is styled with the new bell sleeves. Goes well with the dress as described above, or would be the final touch to a camisole and jeans pairing.

The final item for today is a red sleeveless top decorated with a floral pattern. It is a sheer overlay with a lightweight lining in the same color. There are double ruffles at the sleeve line. This breezy summer top would look great with white pants or jeans……add strappy sandals to finish the look!

We have many more different and unique styles here at Poppi Italian Leather, don’t waste any more time! Stop on in and find that perfect match for you gift today!


Summer Top
Summer Top
Ripani Handbag
Ripani Handbag
Open Shoulder Blouse
Open Shoulder Blouse



Ciao my Poppi Italian followers! Today’s blog will be about finding the perfect accessory for a special day! Whether it’s a gift, something you want your partner to surprise you with or a treat for yourself.  Valentine’s Day is the one day that is set aside to make you feel special and loved. While candies and flowers are nice……they don’t last! Why not give or receive something that reminds you every day of being loved.

At POPPI, we have a great selection of beautiful items that are perfect for the occasion. Today I will be talking about two select styles. Stay tuned!

The first handbag is a bright, fun red that announces love is in the air! It’s detailed with black trim around the stitching and accented with gold bars at the end of the handles. The top zips closed; on the in-side there is a center zippered divider to keep your items organized.  On one side of the interior there are two pockets for your phone or keys.  It’s a modern design for urban living!

The second style is a clutch accompanied with a wrist strap. This handbag is a deeper red accented with gorgeous snakeskin detailing. There are two magnetic buttons on each corner of the clutch that when opened reveals zip closed compartments on each side of the clutch. This style has a generous amount of room but still small enough for easy carry. This is the perfect accessory to complete a sexy look for a night out on this special day!

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Buon Giorno my fellow Poppi shoppers! I have returned to talk to you about some of the beautiful articles of clothing we have in store and online for the winter! If this weather is making you say brrr! as much as the rest of us, well I have the perfect item to warm up your day. Looking for that last piece to complete your look for the day? Not quite sure how to winterize your style? The poncho style sweaters designed by Bruno Carlo would be the perfect finishing touch. Both styles are a knitted pattern, one with the design going across the poncho and the second style with a cable knit pattern, both stop around the elbows while continuing to taper down to a V-Shape. The fur adorning the collar of this poncho is the finishing touch to a casual or dressy style. The first poncho with the sideways knit design comes in a dark grey with dark grey fur with pieces that were lightened as well as a gorgeous Aubergine.  The second poncho with the cable knit design comes in a dark brown color with a lighter shade of fur and a beige color with a variance of colors in the fur. If the chill is getting to be too much stop on in and try the different styles! There is a perfect match out there for everyone!

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