Founded in Vicenza in 1966, Bottega Veneta has gained a reputation for its impeccable Italian leather craftsmanship and sophisticated luxury. Known for its fine, minimal pieces the brand uses luxurious leather in its accessories. It is particularly famous for its signature intrecciato technique; the renowned weave covers some of Bottega Veneta’s most famous designs including the Knot bag, the Cabat case and most recently the BV Luna bag. Hugely popular with front-row regulars, the brand is a must for those who wish to invest in luxury leather and in some of the most coveted ‘It’ bags of the moment.
Bottega Veneta, Via Montenapoleone 5, 20121 Milan, +39 02 7602 4495
Those looking to invest in luxury that bears the Made in Italy label should be sure to seek out Il Bisonte. The leather brand started out in a small shop in the heart of Florence in 1969 and today it is world-famous for its exceptional accessories. Quality is at the heart of Il Bisonte. The brand has worked for 45 years with the same suppliers, both for leather and fittings, and nearly all are Tuscan. This dedication to people and principles ensures the best quality items. Specialising in travel bags and small leather goods, Il Bisonte is a perfect place to invest in Italian souvenirs.
Il Bisonte, Via Santo Spirito 14, 20121 Milan, +39 02 7600 3014
Founded in Milan by Giovanni Fontana in 1937, Valextra is a luxury leather label that epitomises Milanese style. Combining craftsmanship with innovation, the brand is inspired by architecture, resulting in beautiful pieces that champion form and function. All Valextra’s artisans use timeless traditions and techniques to create the signature sleek, understated bags, purses and small leather goods. The brand also offers a special made-to-order personalisation service for the most coveted Valextra styles, for which the client’s initials can be embossed in gold, silver or blind tone.
Valextra, Via Alessandro Manzoni 3, 20121 Milan, +39 02 9978 6060
Celebrating leather craftsmanship that has been honed through decades, all ATP Atelier leather goods are made and produced in Tuscany by local craftsmen. Fine leather is a staple material for the brand, and it shuns micro trends in favour of classic designs that will stand the test of time so as to respect both the leather and the planet. From beautiful leather boots to bold coloured bags, the ATP Atelier collections are luxurious yet affordable ‒ and one of the brand’s pieces would make a great souvenir to pick up while in Milan.
Rinascente, Piazza del Duomo, 20121 Milan, +39 02 88521
Those seeking an unmistakably Italian look should make a beeline for Salvatore Ferragamo. Founded in Florence in 1927 as a women’s luxury footwear specialist, the brand gained a strong following after creating beautiful leather shoes for some of Hollywood’s most illustrious actresses. Today, its collection has expanded, as has its clientele. Still synonymous with class and quality, it has become an essential port of call for those looking for top Italian craftsmanship and leather.
Salvatore Ferragamo, Via Montenapoleone 3, 20121 Milan, +39 02 7600 0054