Poppi Italian Leather Celebrates the Holiday Season with Gift Ideas for Your Loved Ones

The Holiday Season is upon us

The holiday season is upon us and Poppi Italian Leather celebrates the season with gift ideas for your loved ones. For Italians, Christmas festivities focuses on the family; locals head to their hometowns and spend time at home catching up and eating with friends and family. Meanwhile, light displays and Christmas markets pop up throughout the country. Here in the USA it’s not much different. Christmas is the time we all want to connect with family.  And Gift giving is a big part of the holidays. It’s a way we show appreciation for those we love.

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Family
The Avorio Family

Simplify your holiday list to four gifts: a need, a want, an adventure & an educational gift. Forget quantity. Instead find just a few things they will love and use.

Celebrate the Season by giving your Loved one a Poncho or Cape by Bruno Carlo

This season wrap your loved one in a poncho or cape from the Bruno Carlo Family. Deeply rooted in the Italian craftsmanship, with its values and its high quality, Bruno Carlo quickly established itself on the contemporary market  Capes and shawls provide all the warmth a jacket can afford, only so much more chic. A big perk with wearing a cape or a shawl is you can still wear your over-sized, chunky, sweaters and not have to change. Because, unlike a jacket, a cape fits very nicely over any knit without making you balloon out from the bulk.  Capes and shawls are loose and don’t have buttons or zippers to close up. https://poppiitalianleather.com/clothes.html

Bruno Carlo Cape
Cape by Bruno Carlo

Make the holidays happy with the gift of a beautiful, Italian leather bag.

Fine materials and exquisite workmanship combine to create a bag that will bring years of pleasure to its owner. Luxurious leather is easy to care for, and meticulous attention to detail confirms Italy’s leading role in fashion trends throughout the world.

Choose a Classic.  Italy’s long record of fashion leadership is based, first and foremost, on respect for the classic principles of design. Gianni Conti Established in 1920, is a family owned business led by Elio and David Contigiani. Their philosophy is to produce superior-quality leather bags with a classic and stylish beauty for the global market.  https://poppiitalianleather.com/handbags.html?p=1

Gianni Conti Handbag
Handbag by Gianni Conti

Make a Statement.  Like a strong woman, the Ripani handbag is emphatically outspoken, without losing an ounce of charm. For 49 years, Ripani has designed, produced, and signed bags from the most exclusive and fashionable material. Founded in 1967, the family run business has led with the passion of leather craftsmanship, prestige of its brand, and originality of its creations. https://poppiitalianleather.com/handbags.html?p=4

Classic Bag by Ripani
Ripani Handbag

Take a Chance. A gift, after all, is exactly that—not a necessity. Use gift-giving as a way to expand your recipient’s horizons, with a cross-body bag, a weekend backpack or a fun clutch. 

“Made in Italy” Label,  What it Means to you!

 It’s worth noting that many “Made-in-Italy” items you see in shops in Italy and abroad are made mostly made in other countries with cheaper materials, with just a few slight modifications done in Italy (like adding a tag or code) to allow them to stamp the item with the coveted Made-in-Italy brand. Brands like Gianni Conti and Ripani invest in full transparency and allow people like myself to witness the production firsthand. https://poppiitalianleather.com/about-our-leather

Leather Tannery
Visiting a veg-tan Leather Tannery

We assure you that our items wear the “Made in Italy” label proudly and sincerely.

Wishing you all a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving.

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!

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.

clothes

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!

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