When I buy a new bag, there is invariably "The Bag Possession Rite". After having removed it’s packaging and before filling it with my things (things that only women have), I leave a handkerchief doused in my favorite perfume inside it.
And voilà, the bag is now really mine!
That’s how it is, and only those who love this special accessory will be able to understand!
Once I’d started working with the Bevilacqua family and after having finished my first collection of accessories and clothing using their gorgeous fabrics, I immediately came up with the idea of creating the BP Bag, however I wanted to take my time in finding the best and most experienced artisans in order to create a collection of bags that were high quality in terms of the textiles used, and my conception and interpretation of the designs, and that were one hundred percent handmade.
A number of collections start out with simple designs and creations and then evolve into something more elaborate and complex. However in my case, the first bag I ever made, the Bucintoro, a jewel purse, is still the most complex, valuable and expensive of the collection.
This was an extremely instinctive choice, dictated by my enthusiasm for the idea of communicating the highly skilled craftsmanship (an art form), and in so doing adding the clean and refined trans-Alpine goldsmith work to the content.
The idea of naming the bags that make up this first collection after historic Venetian boats has proven appropriate because more often than not, the shape of the bag mirrors the shape of the boat after which it was named.
When I think of a new design I look for a fabric that tells the story of Venice, yet with modern colors, I also think about it’s practicality and that, if possible, it should always have a lot of zips and space that can be used in different ways.
I personally oversee all of the production stages, from the frames on which the velvet fabric is either manually or mechanically produced, to the realization of the design, and the discussions with the artisans regarding the choice of leather, hinges, wires, studs and liners.
I’m currently working on a new project soon to be presented on our website and "live" in our Venice showroom; something aimed at both women and men.