Italian Fashion Series – Leather

Italy is known for it’s leather production. I love the way Italian leather feels, looks, and smells. Footwear or a bag will last and only get better over time as a patina develops and enriches the original colour.
I bought this small back pack in Gallipoli. This artisan shop had tons of handmade bags – it was hard to chose. I liked the way this bag opened up and then folded to close. It can be worn as a back pack or on one shoulder. I love this cognac colour and I know it will only get better over time,
I also bought this red leather bracelet on the beach near Gallipoli. Red is such a hot colour for fall so it’s nice to have an accessory that reminds me of my trip.
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I’m wearing a cashmere sweater from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for this post. I love the length and off-the-shoulder style. For a hint of allure I’m showing off my Intimissimi bralette that I got in Udine. I love the antique rose colour against my skin. It acts like a cami without the added the layer. Intimissimi is a popular lingerie store in Italy and if you can find an outlet you can get great deals.
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Rebel Classic

Over the past few seasons the motorcycle jacket has gone from a trend to a classic. It has shown up in black leather with rebel studs, cotton prints, fine wool, quilted nylon and tweed. The variations are endless so it seems that the moto is now a classic piece that should be in everyone’s wardrobe. Here’s a 1/2 page from Harper’s Bazaar August issue showing the rebel classic.

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The moto became a symbol of youth rebellion in the 1950s with films like the The Wild One and Rebel without a Cause. In the 70s and 80s it was personified by “The Fonz” on Happy Days and Matt Dillon in the Outsiders.

My own wardrobe has 3 unique interpretations of the motorcycle jacket.

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Blue/Grey Lambskin was custom made for me by an apparel supplier I worked with on branded uniforms. It has a feminine cut and the moto styling is softer.

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Cotton, printed jacket from Anthropologie. I wear this with everything from jeans to trousers and it’s a great topper for an LDB. cotton

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Grey leather from Danier. Neutral, classic styling. This jacket has a boxier fit so I can wear it over sweaters even in late fall.grey

Paper Art
I created this jacket for the doll in the classic rebel style. I used a black cotton paper from Above Ground art supplies and metallic silver paint for the details. Jeans are the doll’s own. moto_doll

Photo Credits

Harper’s Bazaar page from August Digital Issue

All jackets – Lori Tonizzo

Doll – Lori Tonizzo

Header – Grafitti background Lori Tonizzo