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Anatomy Of A Bag

The legacy of craftsmanship behind Bulgari's luxury bags.
Anatomy Of A Bag The legacy of craftsmanship behind Bulgari's luxury bags.

For most luxury brands, the hefty price on their handbags is more a mark of excellence as opposed to being a product of “It” marketing. In an age where trends and hype push our shopping buttons, it's easy to overlook what true luxury is.

Bvlgari is one brand whose value of quality is so deeply steeped in tradition (125 years as of 2009). The brand's first handbags date back to the late 19th century, with the creation of jeweled evening pochettes, hand-stitched with silver threads and gemstones. This was perhaps the Birkin of the '60s and '70s, with long waiting lists for this must-have purse.

The expansion into leather handbags came much later on, just in 1997, and while the products diversified, the emphasis on quality did not.

We invite you to click on to really see what goes into the creation of a luxury bag.


—Isha Andaya, Managing Editor

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