Though Italy is home to numerous luxury leather goods brands, sometimes, the best that money could buy are those unnamed treasures. There are a lot of that down on Via Francesco Crispi. This intersection of Main Street, Via del Tritone, and Via dei Due Macelli is lined with all sorts of leather goods as far as the eye can see. And they're all quality material too. Handbags carefully crafted, wallets with the most intricate stitches, and gloves that will fit your hands perfectly. They're all here available for your viewing and shopping pleasure!
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While most Italian brands simply offer leather handbags, wallets, and more, Alfieri is all about all-leather-everything. Jackets, blazers, shoes, accessories, and more—by the end of the day, you will have enough leather pieces to overtake your entire wardrobe. And the best part is, although they make a lot of items, the quality is never compromised. Each seam is perfectly stitched. Each pattern is well-cut. And all the apparel will fit just right. Though some may argue that leather clothes aren't that comfortable, the pieces here look so good you won't help but try them out.
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Bottega Veneta is almost synonymous with fine Italian leather goods. It's one of those brands that symbolize the very best of Italy. In this instance, it's all about the leather. Their primary offering is, of course, bags. From purses to suitcases, their fine artistry is fully displayed with every product. And in fact, they even introduced their own technique of weaving leather together—the intrecciato. This iconic pattern has long served as their signature and when you see it, you'll know that it's Bottega Veneta. In turn, you'll also know that the bag is truly high-quality because it's made in Italy.
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Another high fashion favorite is Fendi. And this is one is actually homegrown in Rome too! Though they're more famous for their furs, the label has built up quite the reputation of churning out interesting items. The famous "baguette" bag is a good example. Practically a tiny little pouch, the purse became the it-bag of the late 90s and early 2000s. To this day, the bag continues to be popular among the fashionable elite. Beyond th bag, however, the label also offers up quality leather footwear, apparel, accessories, and more. They're all about the fine leather and the many ways they can design with it!
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Along Via dei Condotti stands the prestigious Francesco Rogani. Though the brand itself isn't as famous as the likes of Bottega Veneta and Fendi, it does rival them in quality. Here, however, instead of handbags and purses, the key items are wallets and belts, making it a popular store among Rome's finest gentlemen. It's not that their belts just look good, but they hold strong too. Many times, a belt can be worn only a handful of times before damages start to appear. But not with the fine leatherwork of Rogani. The company offers sturdy and sophisticated accessories for the modern gentleman!
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There's fine leatherwork and then there's quality leatherwork. What's the difference? The former is all about appearance and sturdiness. If a piece looks and feels good, it means it's fine leatherwork. Quality leatherwork, on the other hand, is more about the timelessness of a piece. If your bag is a couple of years old but it's still strong and is actually better now than it was when you first bought it, it's not just fine leatherwork, it's quality leatherwork too. And in Rome, a good place to find such pieces is Gazelle. Their accessories somehow get better as it ages.
All this talk about quality, let's not forget about design neither. And right now, no other store in Rome presents the most eye-catching leather accessories than Gucci. Of course, there's their famous monogram, an iconic motif that just screams high fashion. Even with a slightly vintage feel, Gucci bags always look so good. You can tell that whoever designed them put a lot of thought into it. And the same could be said about their shoes too! Those iconic loafers with fur-lining? Superb! No other fashion is quite as trendy and as alluring as Gucci, especially in Rome!
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As they say... "When in Rome!" Well, when you are in Rome, particularly if you're from a different country, you should pop into Il Bisonte. This famous leather store along Via Borgonona offers the very best In travel accessories. it's smart too because they know that Rome is practically the most-visited city in all of Italy. And here, you can catch the most well-made suitcases, luggage, and even passport holders. Now, you might be thinking that you don't need them, seeing as you made it to Rome with your own accessories. However, what's stopping you from dropping by the Italian capital again soon? And this time, you'll have better gear!
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If you truly want a unique leather bag, head on over to Saddlers Union on Via Margutta. Sure, it doesn't have the same name-recognition as Fendi, nor does it have the same appeal as Gucci. However, the quality is just as good. Some might argue that it's even better! Their famous bucket bag, in particular, has captured the hearts of many fashionistas living or often traveling to Rome. And it's just that one bag that has made this leather store an ultimate shopping hotspot!
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Italians are all about their fine leatherware. And in Rome. you'll see a whole of quality and even famous stores. Pop on over in one or even all of them to see the very best of leather goods from the fashion capital!