Adventures in Italy: Designers and Displays

Adventures in Italy: Designers and Displays

In this final chapter of Adventures in Italy: Designers and Displays, we will explore some of the showrooms in the Mipel bag show. We will also meet some of the designers of our handbags here at Poppi Italian Leather that Rebecca reconnected with while in Italy. In addition, you will see previews of styles to come.

The Displays of Mipel Bag Show

Within the Mipel bag show is a large collection of designers and artisans and handbags!   Due to this, evidence of the immense talent can be seen at the show. Most noteworthy all the images displays were captured at the the Mipel Bag Show! Also, take notice also of the unique layout of each bag and each display.

Adventures in Italy: Mipel Bag Show Handbag Display
Snakeskin Handbag
Adventures in Italy: Snakeskin Leather Handbag



Butterfly display
Butterfly Handbag Display at Mipel

GIUDI Pelletterie

Giudi showroom
Adventures in Italy: Poppi Italian Leather owner, Rebecca, and Giudi in the Giudi showroom.

Two young cousins, Adriano and Mario, founded Giudi in 1974. The company is located in Morrovalle, in central Italy.   While in the formative years each bag was handmade by close family members workers. Most of all, in respect of the best Italian tradition. Years later, the company began taking part at the high end national and international trade fairs. Most noteworthy, today Giudi Products are certified by the “VERA PELLE ITALIANA.”

Designers and Displays: Ripani

For 49 years, Ripani has made handbags from the most exclusive and fashionable material. To see first-hand how they create their handbags, follow the link here. Today, the company is located in Tortoreto, an ancient town on the Adriatic Coast.

Ripani Museum
Adventures in Italy: Ripani’s Historical Leather Goods Museum

In addition, in 1999, the RIPANI family created the Historical Leather Goods Museum. The purpose is to tell the story of Italian leather tradition and culture, starting in the 1800s.


Innue is an established design group located in Naples, Italy.  Their philosophy is pursuing a global market with an expression that is the right mix of tradition and modernity.  Due to this, Innue is proud to say all the designs are conceived and made in local facilities.  The photos below were taken during the Mipel Bag Show 2019.

Innue Showroom
Adventures in Italy: Innue Showroom
Attendant and showroom
Adventures in Italy: Showroom sales in the Innue Showroom




Designers and Displays: Bruno Carlo

Bruno Carlo showroom
Adventures in Italy: Rebecca of Poppi Italian Leather with Gina (left) and Federica (right) of Bruno Carlo


Bruno Carlo S.R.L. located in the heart of Ventimiglia is a fine woolens company. The company has made outerwear since 1970 and it’s primary focus is style, and innovation combined with quality of material.

Adventures in Italy: Bruno Carlo hat coming SOON to Poppi Italian Leather!





Therefore, with the promise of innovation and style Bruno Carlo moves the minds and the creativity of the brand. This has made the Bruno Carlo a solid name in the industry. Hence, it’s immense popularity on the European market is especially noteworthy.

Gianni Conti

Gianni Conti
Adventures in Italy: Rebecca staff from Gianni Conti

Gianni Conti is a family owned-business. Elio and David Contigiani (two cousins) established the business in 1920. GC’s philosophy is to produce superior-quality leather bags with a classic and stylish beauty for the global market. In addition, it’s most relevence is the modern market.


Our Store

In conclusion, these Italian artists produce the quality handbags and accessories found in our store. Stop by to check out what we have in store, or take a look at our website

Adventures in Italy: Mipel Bag Show

The Mipel Bag Show, adventures in Italy

While we endured cold winter months in Minnesota, Rebecca, the owner of Poppi Italian Leather, had adventures in Italy. One destination on her venture was the 115th edition of the Mipel bag show. Twice yearly she attends this very important show to bring you YOUR next beautiful Italian leather handbag.  These are the latest in Italian fashion, from the skilled artisans. Did you know that Mipel hosts over 300 top brands at their showcase in Milano, Italy?








On the way in to Mipel, Rebecca captured these photos at the entrance the show!

Sustainability, the Theme at Mipel

Once inside the show,  most noteworthy are the over 300 vendors, vibrant displays, food and people! Due to this, over 12,000 visitors attend Mipel from all over the world. MIPEL 115 chooses sustainability as its central theme, an issue that the event has decided to embrace as a long-term mission. The show proposes this to become a point for all companies in the supply chain to adopt.

Unique and Unparalleled Vendors

As for the leather goods, there are three stories that are the focus of the show. The Performer uses sporty styles with materials of the future, squared shapes and a modern look. Secondly, the Master combines clean lines, geometric style and unique craftsmanship in the most popular colors. Lastly, the Swifter combines attention to detail, patterns and retro decor in their items.

Each vendor conveys a unique style in their work, making for quite the walk through the show! The showcases are artistically designed and your attention is captured over and over as you travel through the show. These photos include some of the many showcases in Mipel and reflect the unparalleled craftsmanship that is displayed!

Mipel Bag & Shoe Show
Mipel Showroom
Mipel Showroom
Cromia Showroom at Mipel

The Mipel bag show is held twice a year for the fall-winter and spring-summer seasons.  Stop in to see our newest collection of handbags, from Italian craftsmen!

Side visit to Florence, Adventures in Italy Continue!

After three days at Mipel in Milan, Rebecca took the train to Florence. There she visited Simone and Bruno Di Pomo, a father and son who own a small factory in the Tuscany hillside. This father/son team produce veg-tan leather bags in the iconic Florence Tote style. You can find these online at or in the shop in Rochester, MN.

Florence Tote
Simone Tote

Next week we will look into the foods Rebecca enjoyed while traveling in Italy and learn about how to make some of your own. Until then…..

Ciao Caro!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas!

Valentine’s Day Will Soon be Here

Valentine’s Day will soon be here and Poppi has lots of Gift Ideas!  Are you searching for a truly special gift for someone you love? We have a large array of options here at Poppi Italian Leather. This includes Italian Leather handbags of all styles, handmade jewelry and crystal, stylish clothing and accessories!

Murano Glass for your Sweetheart

For the sweetheart with a deep love for artistic work, our Murano glass will make a perfect gift. Each piece of jewelry, crystal vase, and barware is handmade and painted by craftsmen on the island of Murano. They come in many stunning colors, designs and styles. For example, our blue, Lisboa Murano Crystal Vase radiates with a fusion of blue hues that blend within the circles on the surface. Two gold strands of glass seed beads flatter larger shiny beads and Swarovski Crystals and make the Astrid necklace a true piece of art as well. Our store and website offers many other crystal pieces, such as wine, cocktail glasses, champagne flutes and beverage glasses.

Murano Crystal Vase
Lisboa BLue Crustal Vase VA285
Murano Glass Necklace
Astrid Murano Necklace







Treat your Gentleman to a Italian Briefcase

Our array of gifts for a person that values style is expansive. Treat your gentleman to a polished laptop briefcase made with top-grain Italian leather or a duffle style carry-on luggage bag. Any casual outfit can be smartly paired with our distressed, oil-rubbed messenger bag. Also, wallets are a great gift option and we carry high grade, long-lasting pieces from Giudi, Gianni Coni and Rialto.

Gianni Conti Laptop Briefcase
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We have many Options for Women

Similarly, we have options to fit any woman and her style. Gianni Conti’s hand polished bucket bag or Ripani’s Italian Calfskin leather with Side Zips can be matched with a scarf to wear or tie to the handbag. The bucket style handbag is ideal for either a casual and formal event. The very unique feature about this bag is the strap can be adjusted to three length; arm, shoulder and crossbody. Ripani’s soft calfskin Italian leather handbag is available in red. It also has plenty of space for all her things. Wallets and clutches of many styles are available here at Poppi Italian Leather as well. We also carry a large selection of women’s clothing, including slacks, dresses, professional attire and much more!

Italian Leather Bucket Bag
Hand Polished Bucket Bag
Italian Leather Handbag
Ripani Leather Handbag








Give a one-of-a-kind Gift this Valentine’s Day!

On Valentine’s Day, your special someone deserves a gift that is one-of-a-kind and thoughtful. Come check out all the timeless pieces we have here at Poppi Italian Leather!  Now through February 14th we are offering an 20% off all clothing and leather Items. Code: Valentine.

Ciao and buon San Valentino Day!


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  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  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.

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.

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
Champagne Flute VA402

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.

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..


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.

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!

Milan jazz musician
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

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!

Capped Sleeve Dress - MA1002
Capped Sleeve Dress – MA1002
GC SPring Arrival
GC New arrival

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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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