Our new Giovanni range is here just in time for Christmas!
Angus and I designed the bell like shape and curves of this bag to be soft and feminine. The handles then scoop down into the main part of the bag, so that it is comfortable to wear and moulds beautifully to your body. We have chosen a new leather for this year's range in four classic colours, a fiery Italian red, a classic French navy, a beautiful dark green and a rich chocolate brown. It's a vege tanned leather that we specifically sought out for it's old world authenticity and the way that it develops it's own character and patina over time. The Giovanni is designed to become the kind of keepsake that you will want to hang on to and pass down to your daughter along with all the stories about it's journeys and experiences.
When we designed the Giovanni tote bag, we wanted to use a vege tanned leather, so that the bag would have the beautiful character and patina about it that only comes with vege tanned leather. It's very hard to find a light weight vege tanned leather. Typically vege tanned leather is heavier in weight and designed to be used for things like tack, bridles and even belts. To find a vege tanned leather more light weight and of a quality suitable for a tote bag like this, has proved to be quite a challenge. We at last found it in an Italian tannery roughly two years ago and this is our second shipment. This year we chose 4 distinct colours, a fiery Italian red, a classic French navy, a beautiful dark green and a rich chocolate brown. We ordered the leather in two different finishes - one for the outside of the bag and one for the inside pockets and for lining the ends. The inside leather is even lighter in weight and silky smooth, making it easy to slip things like your phone in and out.
Another improvement on our last run is reinforcement in the sides of the bags to help the bag keep its stunning bell-like shape. And the boys in the workshop have finished the edges of the bags with extra glue and a wax, to help the seams to stay together. The handles have also been cut and sewn so that they sit flat on your shoulder.
I have been test driving one of the green Giovanni tote bags for the last few weeks (one of the perks of the job!) and can vouch for it being super comfy to wear! The stitching is impeccable and the leather is truly unique. I love it! Well done, Angus. Another successful run of tote bags. Who would have thought it!