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 Shops Fall Shows in Milano.

Poppi Italian Leather Travels to Milano to Shop Fall Shows

Buon Giorno means good morning in Italian.  And In just one week Poppi Italian Leather will be shopping the fall shows Milano.  We feel very fortunate for the opportunity to visit the beautiful country of Italy and bring back beautiful leathers, clothes and accessories for our customers.

Shopping the bag and shoe show

Showroom models
Shopping the Bag Show in Milano

My schedule is very busy in Italy this year. First of all, Poppi will be shopping the fall shows in Milano, specifically the bag and shoe show.  We then travel by train to Florence to visit Bruno and Simone Di Pomo, father/son duo in the leather business. From there, on to Deruta to tour the Majolica Factory (a new line Poppi will be showcasing this fall). After a short side trip to Bologna we return to Milano for the Apparel show.

FLorence
Arno River as seen from Ponte Vecchio

 

I have set aside one day to do a little sightseeing in Bologna with a 2.5 mile walking tour of the city. Bologna is the lively, historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy. The Piazza Maggiore is a sprawling plaza lined with arched colonnades, cafes and Renaissance structures. Most of all, I look forward to finding a new “ristorante”, to savor the Italian food, sip lovely red wines and sample “real” gelato every night. Bellissima! http://www.initaly.com/regions/erm/bolognaalbm.htm

Bologna, Italy
Piazza in Bologna

 

“Made in Italy” Top grain Leather Tote

Consider yourself worldly? Then you will likely appreciate the lovely “Made in Italy” top grain leather tote. it’s available in two colorways, dark chocolate trimmed in cognac or cognac trimmed in dark chocolate. The hand buffed organic veg-tanned leather is sumptuous. As a result when the leather ages it takes on the patina of your life. The bag sports one handle with a long detachable and adjustable shoulder strap. There is a pocket on the outside of the bag for quick storage. The inside is multi-functional with divider, side zip pockets and open pockets for storage of cell phones or other small electronics.  See details online. https://poppiitalianleather.com/handbags/totes/milano-tote.html

Italian Leather Tote
Italian Leather Tote, 994150

Shop the Murano Glassware

The perfect gift for anyone who loves wine is the crystal glassware from the Island of Murano. The pieces are handmade and hand painted in vibrant color infused tones and double fired, guaranteed dishwasher safe! Poppi offers many unique patterns and styles including wine glasses, champagne flutes & beverage glasses. For an eclectic look pair different patterns for a stunning setting of glass ware. https://poppiitalianleather.com/murano-glass/wine.html

 

Murano Glassware
Murano Wine Glass
Kick off September with the new cardi!

Let’s kick off this September with a new cardigan from the Italian fashion line of Monica Yong. The cardi has become a key outerwear piece this fall, warm and stylish, its perfect for cooler fall days. Dress it up or wear it in a slightly disheveled way. Forget the jacket or denim, the cardigan is the preferred layering piece of choice. The easiest way to wear the cardigan is over straight-leg jeans and a t-shirt. Or tuck it into high-waist trousers for a slimmer silhouette. https://poppiitalianleather.com/clothes/cardigan-sweater-round-neck-with-pockets.html

Cardigan in Mustard
Stylish Cardigan from Italy

 

Saluti my friends, stay well!

Amazing Valentine’s Day Gift Made exclusively in Italy

First of all, give the most amazing gift this year with something uniquely made in Italy. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love. It’s an opportunity for us to connect on a very personal level with the people who mean the most to us. Make the most of the day by giving your loved one a very special gift. Find that unique Valentine’s Day gift at poppiitalianleather!

5 Unique Valentine’s Day gift for her/him

We know you want the perfect gift for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. At Poppiitalianleather you will find that unique Valentine’s Day gift you are looking for. Perhaps a new Italian Handbag?  A gift that would please any women! Shop the perfect bag. Not into the traditional color?  Try a bit more daring and give her metallic Bordeaux or bronze with gold accents.  Maybe you’re thinking of a pretty dress.  How about something sexy that doesn’t scream “cliché” We have the perfect little black number. Its inherently flirty yet girly.

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Elegant Red Shoulder Bag

 

If you happen to live in an colder climate we have beautiful capes and ponchos by the leading designer Bruno Carlo. They look chic paired with over-the-knee boots or casually elegant with skinny jeans.  Just add a belt for a more polished look. In addition, another idea would be to spice up the romance. Give her Stunning Murano crystal champagne glasses along with a chilled bottle of Italian Prosecco.

Made in Italy
7 oz Champagne Flute
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For your man, surprise him this year with a gift from Italy; perhaps a new briefcase or wallet. We have a handsome selection of different style from Italy you won’t find anywhere else. A one of a kind gift for a one of a kind partner.

Made in Italy
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Make the most of Valentine’s Day when you are single

Not in a relationship this Valentine’s day?  Why not pamper yourself with a new hairstyle, or a soothing and relaxing manicure/pedicure.  Or meet your single friends for a fun night out at a new bar.  Therefore, a night out wouldn’t be complete without a stylish new outfit or a hot new Italian Handbag.  Channel your inner self and celebrate how awesome you are with your friends.

5 affordable ways to say I love You

For those on a tighter budget Poppi has many great gift ideas.  We have a wide selection of wallets for him and her.  Finally, finish this unique Valentine’s Day gift by filling the wallet with “good for one” homemade coupons such as dinner out every Friday or a year of back massages.   Or buy her a lovely knitted hat with a fur pompom on top.  Most of all, one can never go wrong with jewelry. Our jewelry at Poppi Italian Leather is crafted by Italian artisan. These pieces are extraordinary flame worked with hand blown beads.  All uniquely designed and made from the Isle of Murano, Italy.

Made in Italy
Murano Glass Necklace
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There are different ways to spend this day celebrating love. Together we can all make it better and more beautiful. Remember the positive aspects of love!

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Ciao Bella!

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