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

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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

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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.

FLorence
Arno River as seen from Ponte Vecchio

Ci vediamo (see you later) my friends.

POPPI ITALIAN LEATHER ATTENDS EXCITING TRADE SHOWS IN MILAN, ITALY

Ciao Poppi Followers

Ciao Poppi followers! In the previous blog I talked about Poppi traveling to Italy to attend trade shows. It’s very exciting to be a part of this. We give our shoppers the real Italian experience. When you come to Poppi Italian Leather you will want to feel the leather and breath in the natural aroma. You will want to look at all the different unique styles, patterns and colors. It’s rewarding to the hear positive comments from our customers.  Therefore, its very satisfying when you find the perfect bag, dress or piece of jewelry.

Milan, Italy
Espresso Bar

 

Mipel Handbag Show
Hotel in Milano

 

Poppi Italian Leather Attends The White and One Apparel Shows

The owner attended two apparel shows while in Italy.  One called ‘ONE’ and the second show the ‘The White Show’. Throughout her trip she sent pictures of the new styles for the Spring/Summer collection. It was interesting to see the new styles for spring.  And fun to see what the attendees were wearing. Style is a universal language. We are all influenced by trends. It begins on the design floors of the fashions houses in Italy and ends in the boutiques across the world. https://www.pinterest.com/explore/italy-street-fashion/

White Show in Milan, Italy
White Show

Mipel is the leading bag show for Poppi Italian Leather

The third show Poppi attended was called ‘Mipel’ which is a leading bag show. Mipel showcases an enormous collection of fashion bags, casual bags, party bags, contemporary bags, branded bags, designer bags and other varieties of bags. It is  well-known for allowing the visitors to communicate virtually with the showrooms while providing huge resources to the buyer.  The exhibitors are also given a wonderful chance to communicate with new customers and showcase their latest collections.

Mipel Bag Show
Mipel Bag and Shoe Show

I love Italian Leather handbags thus this show would be my favorite to attend. While there, Poppi took many pictures of the showrooms and the handbag. In one showroom the handbags were arrayed in color order so it was this gorgeous rainbow of finely made bags. In another showroom the bags were arranged to tell a story from the smallest to largest. All the showrooms offered an array of goodies to snack on and espresso or Prosecco to sip while shopping.

Showroom models
Models in Mipel Showroom
MIpel welcomes guests
Welcoming food & drink bar Mipel
Why Poppi goes to the shows

Poppi attends the shows to make selections for the following season. It is a daunting process but this is how the bags, apparel, jewelry and glassware arrive at Poppi Italian Leather. Everything selected at the shows is designed and manufactured in Italy. Its a long way to go. But in a world that is geared towards mass-production its worthwhile offering something of quality, value and uniqueness ‘Made in Italy’.  http://madeinitaly.org/en/

Mipel Handbags
Handbags

 

Visit Poppi Italian Leather’s Store

The next time you’re in Poppi Italian Leather, take a second to admire all the details of the Italian Leather. Read the story-line of how the leather is organically tanned, become immersed in the color saturated and vibrant designed of the Murano Glass and jewelry.  Appreciate the beautifully designed clothes with fabrics that drape your body.

Poppi Italian Leather
Poppi Italian Leather

Come and visit our showroom. Poppi Italian Leather is located in the Shops at University Square which is downtown Rochester.  This is a short walking distance from the Gonda Building.  Find that special something to take home with you. http://www.poppiitalianleather.com

Trade Show In Milan Starts Soon! Time to Pack.

THE OWNER LEAVES IN A FEW DAYS FOR MILAN, ITALY.

Ciao, my Poppi followers! As many of you know our merchandise is “Made exclusively in Italy”.  It is therefore important that you know how our product gets to Poppi Italian Leather.  In a few short days the owner will be leaving for the trade shows in Milan, Italy.  There she will attend Mipel, the leading international leather goods trade show held at Rho Fiero, Milano.  And White Milano, the apparel trade show held at the Superstudio  Piu, in zone Tortona in Milan.

Mipel handbag show
Mipel Handbag Show

VISITING THE TRADE SHOWS IN MILAN

While in Milan she will spend three days at each trade show.  Her primary focus is to visit the showrooms of the brands represented at POPPI Italian Leather. www.poppiitalianleather.com.  The showrooms are set up for the purpose of showcasing proposed styles for the following season.  But the collections will not arrive until early spring. In addition, she will also be visiting other showrooms with a eye out for new brands.

It is in Milan, at the shows where one first gets a glimpse of the new fashions trending. The trade shows are very exciting to attend. There are light shows,  music combo’s, style shows, best new designer contests and displays of shoe and handbag construction.  Each showroom is beautifully decorated, with models showcasing the styles.   Italian treats are offered such as, espresso, Prosecco, Italian chocolate, biscotti and tiny sandwiches. Its a very busy time and long days are spent with the decision process.

Mipel trade show
Gianni Conti Showroom

In beween the trade shows, Rebecca will travel to Florence for the day. There she visits a father/son business that produces Poppi’s most popular bag. The cross body messenger bag. It has been on the web boutique and our boutique in Rochester since 2008. The bag is produced each season in new colors but the standard colors in brown, black & red can always be bought. After a long day of sales negotiations she will stop to eat at her favorite restaurant, la Giostra.  This is where you will find La Bistecca, the famous Florence Steak!

Messenger style tote
Florence Crossbody Tote

ITALY IS WHERE FASHION BEGINS

It’s very rewarding bringing high quality and unique fashion to Poppi Italian Leather.  Because this gives the customer an opportunity to create their style. Each season brings new Fashion trends in style, color, and design. The key is to find what works for you and wear it.  Its important to stress that all the pieces are made-to-order for Poppi.  Nothing is mass-produced.

Fashionable Italian Clothing
Italian Handbags and Apparel as seen on the streets of Milan.

With fall now upon us, it is with great anticipation to see the new styles arriving in. Nothing can beat the doldrums of winter blues than something new in your closet. And Our customers can find the very latest apparel and leather bags at our boutique in Rochester, MN.  Or visit the online store at. www.poppiitalianleather.com and order now.

You can find styles of all occasion ranging from the chic professional, Saturday luncheons with friends or the sultry dress for date night out.  And, don’t forget the final accessory.  The Handbag! Its often overlooked but people do notice what you are carrying. Its amazing how a beautiful Italian Leather bag finishes the outfit.

RETURNING BACK from the trade show AFTER A SUCCESSFUL BUYING TRIP

It’s always exciting when she returns back from the trade show. We get sneak peeks of the new items ordered and see pictures of the glittering showrooms. She shares her favorite restaurants in Milan. And she will take us on a tour of the fabulous shops in the Galleria Vittorio, the world famous mall on the Piazza Duomo  It will be great fun to share all of this with you.

In conclusion, I will end with a quote from the fabulous Coco Chanel, “Dress Shabbily and they remember the dress: dress impeccably and they remember the woman”.                                                                                                                                     Visit our online shop now at  www.poppiitalianleather.com and dress like an Italian!

Until next time, ciao bella!

Poppi Italian Leather Travels to Milan, Italy

Ciao Bella!

Today’s blog will be focusing on something different then clothing, handbags or our glassware. Poppi’s owner will soon be leaving for the fashion show in Milan.   It is a key part of why Poppi Italian Leather offers such great merchandise in all things Italian!

After all The Italian people pride themselves on looking their best. They dress not with trends on their minds but with a emphasis on the body. The Italian closet is full of well made articles that act as workhorses.

Mipel handbag show
Mipel Handbag Show

Something that is very important to us at Poppi, is for our customers to know we offer only authentic “Made in Italy” pieces, whether it be the clothes, handbags, jewelry or glassware!

THE FASHION WORLD OF MILAN

The fashion world has two seasons, spring/summer and fall/winter. During the months of September and February Milan hosts trade shows for buyers to attend from all around the world. These shows are to view the new up and coming fashion for the respective season in apparel, leather, jewelry and accessories.

POPPI’s OWNER TRAVELS TO MILAN

This September, a few short weeks from now, the store owner will travel to Milan to partake in these two exciting shows!  The Mipel Bag Show and the White Show, the main trade show for women’s collections.

She will be attending the showrooms of the fashion companies she currently buys from to view their latest collection.   After decisions are made, and orders placed she will visit new showrooms for handbags, apparel and jewelry.  She always has her eye out for new brands to showcase at her store in Rochester, MN. and website,  poppiitalianleather.com.  And there is a wide-ranging array of impressive products to choose from!

She is passionate about ITALIAN FASHION and we know you will be too. The quality, design, craftsmanship is unsurpassed.

Piazza Del Duomo
Piazza Del Duomo in Milan

To journey to Milan, Italy for the shows is an exciting trip to make.  There is much to see and many decisions to make for the year 2018. And while she will be busy at the show during the day she will have the evenings to explore Milan’s night scene, meeting her Italian friends for dinner in the Navigli Region or simply people watching at the bustling Piazza Del Duomo (Milan’s spacious city square).

Milan jazz musician
Jazz Musician on the street in Milan

So pack your bags, enjoy the photos and share our trip to Italy!  You will like what you see! Then come visit us in our Showroom, Poppi Italian Leather, downtown Rochester, MN or at our web boutique, poppiitalianleather.com. and find your own slice of Italy.

Arrivederci!

Gianni Conti Showroom
Gianni Conti Showroom

HOW TO WEAR CLOTHES LIKE AN ITALIAN!

Ciao Poppi followers! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer months! While we still have our sunshine days, we seem to also have rainy days thrown into the mix.  I would like to use that opportunity to introduce some of our new clothes from Italy that would be perfect for these cooler rainy days!

ITALIAN STYLE, SIMPLE YET COMPLEX

The secret to dressing like an Italian is simple, yet complex: fit, color and fabric. Restrict the colors you wear. Italians will typically wear two at a time. And pay close attention to the fit. Clothes should skim the body! Last, pay close attention to accessories. Be a bit of diva with those!

The first piece is a long sleeve, light weight sweater with a gold-toned button at the crest of the neckline. Designed with a horizontal stripe pattern of grey, beige and black, it is a perfect topper with slim fitting jeans, slacks or any style skirt.  it would also be a chic cover-up for the sassy black dress.

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Poppi Italian Cardigan

Our second piece is our new Prince of Wales styled dress pants. Perfect for the refined city look teamed with ankle boots or heels. Designed in a soft plaid pattern in tones of grey and black. Woven into the design are thin silver and gold threads. Finishing the look is a velvet belt tied bow style in front.

Prince of Whales styled dress pants

Poppi Italian Pants

The last piece I want to talk about is our boxy, cropped sweater that harmonizes well with any style of trouser or a mid-waist skirt.  Available in cream, hunter green and merlot, this cozy cropped sweater can be paired with almost any outfit of choice! It sports long sleeve, and loose fit.  On the front and sleeves there is a subtle horizontal ribbing in the fabric.

Cropped sweater

Poppi Jersey Sweater

TAKE ME SHOPPING!

So, you don’t have to go to Milan to dress like an Italian. Stop in to our boutique located in Rochester, MN or browse our web store www.poppiitalianleather.com to see our new arrivals from Italy!  You will find an eclectic collection to choose from.

Arrivederci miei Amici!

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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The Beautiful Story About Venetian Murano Crystal

Murano Crystal is Stunning Art Glass

Ciao Poppi followers! First of all, we are here to tell you about the breathtaking Murano Crystal. The month of July is heating up with clear skies, and warm sunning days. What more could we want! The weather isn’t the only thing of beautiful this month! I want to tell you about the stunning Murano Crystal at Poppi Italian Leather. Finally, this crystal is available in many styles and designs. As much as, wine glasses, drinking glasses, bowls, vases, decanters, and decorative pieces for your home.

A beautiful, short boat ride from Venice will take you to Murano. First, the glass is blown by mouth, given its shape, and also color. For this reason, the glass is lead free and double-fired which makes it guaranteed dishwasher safe.  Most of all,  on every piece of glass there is a Mark of Authenticity embedded in the bottom. Assurance you are buying real Murano Crystal.

Hence, the story behind glass blowing on the Island of Murano has steeped in ancient history. Nowadays, Artisans use the same technique of glass blowing learned from generations that pass from family to family.  Youtube/MuranoGlassMaking

ABOUT THE COMPANY THAT CREATED THESE VIBRANT, COLOR INFUSED DESIGNS

 

In 1976 the Meyer family moved to Door County to open their new business. Every year they traveled to Italy to seek out new and unique artisan items for their store. Also, they built lasting relationships with some of the finest Italian craftsmen. Together, they created these exclusive and uniquely designed Venetian Murano Crystal, hand painted in vibrant color infused designs. As a result, we are happy and excited to offer this beautiful crystal on our website PoppiMurano-Crystal and at our shop located in Rochester, MN.

Most of all the photographs will never capture the elegant vibrancy of the color, sparkle, or sound of the crystal.  For instance, any one of the beautiful, bright pieces of art would look lovely in your home. In addition, the vibrant, breathtaking colors and unique designs will add style to any decor!  The glass is wonderful for decorations and gift-giving.  Furthermore, treat yourself or your guest to a sumptuous glass of wine or a fresh beverage in the drinking glasses.

Did we catch your attention? We wish to share all of the information that we can provide about our exquisite Murano crystal. The more you learn, the more beauty you see in the crystal.  Feel free to browse the entire selection on the website.  Finally, visit our shop, Poppi Italian Leather located in Rochester, MN and find the perfect Murano Crystal for your home! www.poppiitalianleather.com

Murano Crystal Vase
Murano Crystal Vase
Murano Crystal Bowl
Murano Crystal Bowl

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!

Arrivederci!

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Keysha
Keysha

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, POPPI ITALIAN LEATHER FOLLOWERS

POPPI IS HERE TO TALK ABOUT VALENTINE’S DAY.

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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