Earlier this year, Fred and Connie Rich traveled to Italy. After taking in the sights and tastes of Rome and Venice, they made their way to Florence. In Florence, a city known for its leather industry, they met a local leather artisan in the market. Following a conversation about his impressive craftsmanship, the gentleman connected Fred and Connie with a nearby factory that produced leather goods. Fred and Connie visited the factory and discussed a potential collaboration before returning to the United States. The Riches had fallen in love with Italy and were wanting to bring part of Italy home with them. Their visit to the leather factory confirmed what that something would be – a Fine Italian Leather Satchel.
Dapper Classics Fine Italian Leather Satchels are handcrafted near Florence, Italy by craftsmen with more than 25 years of expertise with leather goods. Our limited run of satchels are constructed with calfskin leather that is manually processed, cut, and finished. These satchels – the prototype for which was designed by Connie – feature an adjustable leather shoulder strap, two large compartments, two zip sections for additional storage, a leather 4-card pouch, and metal hardware. The satchels are available in three rich colors – cognac, espresso, and black.
Those who are familiar with Dapper Classics know that we have always been committed to American manufacturing. We still are. We hope to someday produce leather bags here in the USA, but, while we continue exploring those options, we’re happy to support another small business – one run by a man who grew up in a family of leather workers. When people think of leather, they think of Italy. We’re excited to share this piece of Italy, made exclusively for Dapper Classics, with you!
Today’s Feature Friday spotlights one of our retail partners in Kentucky: Heart Strings. Kathy Scariot opened Heart Strings in Bowling Green in 1995. Heart Strings is a unique gift store with something for everyone. The shop carries a wide range of specialty items – from apparel to home decor. You can read more about Heart Strings in this profile by the Bowling Green Daily News. Scariot also owns Chatters, a children’s clothing store located next door to Heart Strings.
Bowling Green is home to Western Kentucky University, the Chevrolet Corvette, and Dapper Classics headquarters. Although accounts vary, some claim Bowling Green is named after the eponymous park in New York City where patriots tore down a statue of King George III and used its lead for bullets during the American Revolution. The Grammy-Award-winning band Cage The Elephant got its start in Bowling Green.
Today’s Feature Friday spotlights one of our retail partners in New Jersey: Society Men. MaryAlice Farella opened Society Men in Westwood in 2006. The store specializes in premium denim, sportswear, shoes, and accessories. Society Men was named Best Men’s Fashion in Bergen County in 2016.
Westwood is a borough located approximately thirty miles north of New York City. Westwood was the birthplace of the late actor James Gandolfini, best known for playing Tony Soprano in the popular show The Sopranos.