This beauty was made in Florence, Italy and has a fantastic story. First, I’ll tell my part –
On a Mediterranean cruise, I was listening to the excursions director tell about the ports of call that we’d be stopping in. Part of her presentation was to highlight the special products available in each place, in case we wanted to go shopping. She flashed a photo of this handbag made in Florence, Italy on the screen and I just about jumped out of my seat. I had discovered this one above just like it about 2 months before while vintage-hunting in my neighborhood! When I told the excursions director my story, she congratulated me and said that these bags sell for 300+ Euros!!
Italy has long been known for its exceptional leather goods – some say it’s #1 in the world. This purse is certainly a good example. It has a gorgeous red leather lining with special internal pockets which I have never seen before. Each one closes with a snap clasp like old cigarette cases used to. The outside clasp is like other true vintage ones I have seen that self-lock when the purse is closed. After I brought it home, I added a black and red leather billfold which I had found on a previous thrifting expedition. It coordinates perfectly!
This handbag was styled after one which was made decades ago BY SPECIAL ORDER FOR GRACE KELLY, probably after she had married Prince Ranier of Monaco in 1956 and was living as Princess Grace in Europe. Can you imagine how my little vintage-loving heart swooned when I learned that?!!!
What a great surprise! Nothing could have added to the joy and mystique of my first cruise experience like this did. You just never know . . . . . .
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY
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