Luxury Italian leather brand Bottega Veneta is famous for its exclusive handbag styles. Rooted in tradition and history, the brand’s acclaimed leather workshops are housed in a restored villa in the Veneto region of Italy. Its fiercely guarded techniques have been passed down for centuries and it is one of the country’s most respected brands. The Knot is arguably Bottega Veneta’s most celebrated pieces: created in 1978, it has become a cult classic and retained the status of ‘It’ bag since its launch. Today, the brand offers more than 300 versions in a range of colourways and fabrics, and even includes styles laced with diamonds. The bag’s Intrecciato woven fabric design has become synonymous with the brand, while its knot clasp pays tribute to the label’s leather craft heritage.
Bottega Veneta, Piazza di San Lorenzo 9, 00186 Rome, +39 06 6821 0024
Saddlers Union is one of the most popular leather shops in Rome. While it may not have the global design status of some internationally recognised names, it is an enduring favourite in the city. Created in 1957 by five Italian craftsmen, the brand has become famous for its handmade leather bags. Its store on Via Margutta is a must-visit for those looking for the ultimate souvenir from Rome, offering plenty of stunning bag styles. The brand’s celebrated bucket bags are the go-to style for many and are available in leather, raffia and suede options.
Saddlers Union, Via Margutta 11, 00187 Rome, +39 06 3212 0237
Bulgari has become synonymous with some of the world’s finest jewellery and its leather accessories are also the epitome of true elegance. Made in Italy, the label’s leather handbags are the ultimate embodiment of fine Italian craftsmanship and glamour. The heritage brand’s Serpenti bag is one of its most famous styles. Designed with a sophisticated top handle and crossbody strap, it allows for practical everyday wear, while the statement aesthetic, with various skins, textures and colourways, will add an original and striking note to an understated outfit.
Bulgari, Via dei Condotti 10, 00187 Rome, +39 06 696261
When it comes to the best new-season ‘It’ bags, Fendi is a must-visit. For spring/summer 2019 the brand re-released editions of its cult Baguette model, and the style has cemented itself as the bag of the season. Found on the arms of leading celebrities and fashion influencers, it should be on the top of your shopping list during your visit to Rome. Fun colourways, playful prints and unique proportions are key elements across Fendi’s accessories, with the brand’s double-F monogram also a common theme. The brand’s most-popular styles include the Mon Trésor, Kan I and Runaway.
Fendi, Largo Goldoni 420, 00187 Rome, +39 06 3345 0890
Originating in Florence, Il Bisonte is a great leather find in Rome. Its store on Via Borgognona is one of the best places for leather in the city, stocking everything a visitor could want, from suitcases and smaller luggage to passport covers and other accessories. The brand’s leather handbags are a beautiful example of its craftsmanship and any of the models would make a stylish companion to your outfit. From classic tote bags to cool crossbodys to backpacks and bucket bags, there is a style to suit everyone.
Il Bisonte, Via Borgognona 13, Rome 00187, +39 06 6880 8097