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Seoul Flagship Store | NOTTEVERA

HELLO KOREA!

We have the pleasure to announce the upcoming opening of our Seoul Flagship Store in glitzy Cheongdam-dong, Korea’s leading luxury high-street which houses all top international lifestyle brands, including Dior, Gucci, Armani, Louis Vuitton, and many others. We are located across from Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana, between the Prada and Carolina Herrera stores.

Our flagship will carry the full range of NOTTEVERA collections as well as a carefully curated selection of partner products.

“This is an important step forward for NOTTEVERA” Sam Hinedi, Founder & CEO, said in a statement. “Korea is Asia’s fourth-largest economy and one of the world’s most dynamic. Korean women are savvy and sophisticated shoppers, with a very high sense of style and an appreciation for Italian fashion products with an edge. We look forward to having the opportunity to present our ‘Made in Italy’ collections to Korean customers and be part of the hip Korean fashion scene”.

The flagship is scheduled to open by Summer.

Seoul Flagship Store | NOTTEVERA

Contact:
Mr. Nam Ho – Director, Asia Pacific Region
Tel: 010-5440-7138
nam@nottevera.com
 
Address:
NOTTEVERA KOREA CO. Ltd.
Daeseung B/D 100-31
Cheongdam-dong
Kangnam-gu, Seoul
06010 South Korea

 

 

 

 

Malin Linnea | NOTTEVERA

CUSTOMER PROFILE: MALIN LINNEA

In our second customer profile, we meet Swedish DJ and music producer Malin Linnea Cronholm in London where she has been living and working since 2010. Malin actively spins in some of the city's hottest venues and often travels internationally to work art and fashion events for some of the world's best known brands. Her clients include Bulgari, Christian Dior, W Hotels, Elle, Details, InStyle and many more. She is managed by London's legendary Ministry of Sound.

We caught up with Malin at Kaffeine and asked her a few questions about music, what it takes to be a great DJ, her future plans, and - of course - her fashion style.

Malin Linnea | NOTTEVERA

- Tell us about yourself.
I am a London-based Swedish DJ. My background is in finance, but I made a quite unusual career switch a few years ago and have been DJ-ing globally ever since.
 
- Where did your love from music come from? 
I was always into music and I recall being obsessed with Michael Jackson when I was 6 years old. I saw him in concert in 1992 which was really cool. At the time, my mom said I was the youngest person in the crowd!
 
- How and when did you first start DJ-ing, and at what point you realized that you wanted to do this for a living? 
Back in 2008 I took a DJ course in Stockholm to learn it for fun, and I loved it so much that I quit my full-time finance job in 2013 to focus on DJ-ing. 
 
- What is your most memorable moment as a DJ? 

I get new ones all the time, but DJ-ing on a super yacht under the stars in Croatia in the middle of sea is definitely one of them.

Malin Linnea | NOTTEVERA

- How has working late at night affected your personal life? 

Working late nights definitely has its drawbacks when it comes to personal life. Back home in London, I do lots of PR and fashion gigs that tend to be earlier hours thankfully. Often when you travel for DJ-ing, you are put on flights that might be a few hours after you finish your set, which can be exhausting.

- What are the essentials for being a great DJ? 

Reading the crowd is the most obvious one. The second one is probably always hunting for music which takes A LOT of time.

- Is there a gap in musical tastes between the US and Europe? 

Generally speaking, the US used to be much more Hip Hop and R&B focused but I think that's gradually changing now.

Malin Linnea | NOTTEVERA
 
-Are you producing? 
Yes! I studied music production in London and as soon as my travel schedule quiets down a bit I hope to be able to find the time to go back to the studio.
 
- Have you had any interesting experiences or stories with fans while Dj-ing? 
Sometimes people come up to me to request a song, and it’s the same track that is playing. That always fascinates me!
 
- How would you define your fashion style? 

Very eclectic. For DJ-ing big events or dressing up, I love a bit of 70’s glam with statement jewelry. I also tend to wear anything low back cut.

- What are you wearing today? 

A white Tahari cotton dress, Diesel sneakers and my NOTTEVERA Effie snakeskin bucket bag.

- What is your favorite pastime when you're not Dj-ing? 
DJ-ing is very intense work, so I prefer to take it easy when I’m not working. I love doing yoga and meditation to balance my crazy lifestyle. That and spending quality time with friends and family.
 
- Thank you Malin!
- You're welcome!
 
Connect with Malin at malinlinnea.com.
 
 

PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD

Boots are the perfect symbol for style, sex-appeal and elegance. Coco Chanel said it best when she proclaimed “A woman with good shoes is never ugly.”

But what about comfort? The human foot is made of 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments. Forcing fancy design on this masterpiece of engineering is no easy task. So what’s a girl to do to look on-style without pain?

In steps NOTTEVERA. Our designers have mastered the art of beautifying and comforting the human foot. Our quality Italian artisan-made boots and pumps are carefully crafted taking into account the reality of a wearable shoe that protects and supports the foot.

Take our ultra-feminine Diamante Suede Boot for example. As with all of our shoes, this boot began as a vision from our designer’s imagination that incorporated the signature style of our brand, current trends and other global influences - while taking into account first and foremost wearability. It not only looks insanely good, it also is extremely comfortable.

Here’s why:
  • Although it sports a 4” heel, the heel is wide enough to provide good stability for the ankle.
  • It has a firm heel counter providing adequate ankle support.
  • It isn’t too tight around the ankle.
  • It is just wide enough for your foot to offer a comfortable fit, preventing blisters and corns.
  • Last but not least, it fits perfectly when wearing socks.Shoes | NOTTEVERA

“A woman expresses herself first and foremost inside the shoe, that’s why our shoes are designed to respect the human foot. While aesthetically very pleasing, the true beauty of our boots is in their functionality. They are true wearable objects of style said NOTTEVERA Founder & CEO Sam Hinedi.

But don’t just take our word for it. Get your own pair risk-free at nottevera.com. We offer free shipping and free returns on all orders, because if you don’t look and feel good, we don’t look and feel good.

NOTTEVERA - SAM HINEDI - CEO

Q&A WITH NOTTEVERA CEO SAM HINEDI

 
Tell us more about yourself.
I grew up in Italy and completed my MBA in the US. After graduating, I was offered a job with a leading European bank in New York and was assigned to manage customers in the Lifestyle, Beauty & Fashion industries. It was a task I really enjoyed due to all the interesting people I was meeting and the lifestyle that came with dealing with those sectors of the economy. But as years went by, my passion started to wane and I was in need of new inspiration. It wasn’t long before I started toying with the idea of launching my own label. I envisioned a high-end lifestyle brand that inspired women, allowing them to always feel elegant and confident. I found my new calling and quit my job to launch NOTTEVERA in New York, but with design and manufacturing facilities in Northern Italy to guarantee the highest level of creativity and craftsmanship.
 
Did you always know what you wanted to do?
No, I had no clue. But I feel fortunate that things turned out this way.
 
How did you come up with the name NOTTEVERA?
NOTTEVERA is a play on two Italian words meaning ‘true night’. The reason I chose NOTTEVERA was the clarity with which it conveyed my vision of what I wanted my brand to represent, namely the glamour and elegance of an Italian night.
 
What is your typical day like?
As Founder & CEO of NOTTEVERA, I am responsible for setting the strategic course for the company. To do that, I wear many hats and must balance many priorities. There’s never really a ‘typical’ day, it all depends on what needs to be accomplished. I usually get up around 5:30AM, catch up on the day’s news and go through my emails while sipping coffee, I then hit the gym for about an hour, shower and get into the office by 8:00AM. From there, it could be anything: conference calls with my design team or manufacturers in Italy, staff meetings, calling on customers, dealing with banks, and so forth. The only way to do that successfully is to be focused and disciplined.
 
Perks of your job?
To me, the best perk of running my own company is that I get to build it in my own image, and in doing so I get to learn about myself in ways I could never have imagined had I not been pursuing something on my own.
 
What should we know about NOTTEVERA 
NOTTEVERA is a young and dynamic company managed by people who are passionate about providing our customers with the finest products and service. Our strength lies in creative product design, the use of innovative materials, careful attention to detail, rigorous quality control and an unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. 
 
What kind of woman does NOTTEVERA design for?
The ideal NOTTEVERA woman is a sophisticated trendsetter who is highly engaged, loves fashion and expects the very best quality and service. Elegant, charismatic and unapologetically feminine, she knows the difference between style and current trends and is not afraid to define herself with original ideas.
 
 
Describe your materials.
Leather is the cornerstone of our business, it is a living, natural material. We select our hides based on three key qualities: texture, color and richness, and we work only with trusted tanneries that we have known for quite a long time. We have an intimate knowledge of what it takes to bring out the unique natural beauty of every hide and we use our vast experience to guarantee a very high quality of finish and materials.

Why do you manufacture in Italy as opposed to somewhere like China?
The Made in Italy label is synonymous with tradition, know-how and very high standards. By working exclusively with family-owned ateliers that we know well and that have been around for decades, we are able to guarantee an unparalleled level of quality and workmanship for our products, something we would otherwise be unable to do by working with Chinese factories. It's the only way for us to guarantee the integrity of our brand. A NOTTEVERA handbag is not merely a beautiful product; it's the search for a personal and unmistakable taste that combines our love for leather with a passion for design and creating something truly unique for our customers.
 
What inspires you?
People willing to risk it all to make a positive difference in other people's lives.
 
Three words that best describe you.
Never look back.
 
What do you like most about New York?
Its diversity. New York is truly a melting pot, anyone can come here and feel right at home.
 
What do you do in your free time?
Reconnect with friends and family.
Earthy Colors - NOTTEVERA

WHY YOUR WARDROBE NEEDS EARTHY COLOR TONES

Fall is upon us, and one of the easiest ways to stay on-trend is with colors. One trend we love here at NOTTEVERA is "Earthy Tones".

Earthy tones include greys, greens, browns, tans, and some deep reds such as maroon. These colors are inspired by what can be found in nature: minerals, dirt, stones... you get the idea.

While many of the colors and styles we see on the runway today do not translate easily into everyday wear, earthy colors sure do and can be absolutely fashionable, functional and chic.

Another great thing about earthy colors is that they often can compliment your skin tone and are great for layering and accessorizing - try our Moro Leather Jacket paired with our Loden Backpack and you'll be runway-ready in no time!

CUSTOMER PROFILE: SAMARA SAYKIN

Occasionally we have the privilege of getting to know our customers on a personal level, and Samara Saykin is one of those we were lucky enough to meet and learn about beyond her fashion interests. We sat down with Samara at The Smith in Nomad and chatted about her life interests, where she gets her inspiration from and the importance of helping those less fortunate.

Where do you live?

I live in New York, the greatest city in the world.

What do you do?

I am a Care Manager at the not-for-profit organization Housing Works (a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS whose mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts).

How have you been successful in combining your two passions of social work and fashion within your career?

I began my social work journey practicing clinical social work as a grad school intern at a psychiatric center and then I went on to practice psycho-therapy at a clinic. Lured by the opportunity and magic of New York, I moved here determined to use my skills to help the homeless and the chronically ill.

After a brief stint at Bloomingdale's, I was hired by Housing Works to help address the social and medical issues of New Yorkers in need living with HIV/AIDS.  Because of the culture of the organization and the location - in the heart of SoHo - Housing Works has been the catalyst fueling both my love for fashion and advocating for those within the organization’s community.

During my 2nd year working for the organization, I developed a strong desire to add relief and empowerment to the population through launching the clothing drive project Chic for Relief - a place where New Yorkers in need have the equal opportunity of directly hand-picking new designer clothing which is donated by fashion brands and retailers, including NOTTEVERA, which is one of our clothing donation partners.

By personally reaching out and networking with clothing retailers and distributors the project has been able to provide New Yorkers in need with quality brands. I was quite surprised how responsive and interested the retailers were in their efforts to contribute to the project. I believe Chic for Relief also provides the fashion retailers with the opportunity to help people in need while enhancing the respectability of their company. The project has been such success because of my natural compassion for people in combination with my love for fashion and networking. I truly believe fashion through its art form can contribute to lifting one's spirit and improving self-confidence. I consider myself fortunate to have found a place where I can pursue both of my passions.

How can I get involved in contributing to people in need? 
First, ask yourself what social problem in this world has deeply touched you or has caused you profound frustration. You can help in many ways. You can volunteer your time and effort directly to services that are needed, you can give in-kind donations to charity such as Chic for Relief, you can participate in advocacy for the cause, or you can make a financial donation to help sustain programs for those in need.

What chic icons have you adopted your sense of style from?
One of my fashion icons is human rights activist and former Studio 54 socialite Bianca Jagger for her iconic style.  Her quote “I don’t want to wear what every other woman wears” perfectly represents how my mother and aunts exhibit their fashion sense. From an early age, I became a fashionista, following my aunt, Marianna Heusler (Upper East Side resident and author of the mystery, No End to Trouble). I was always begging to wear her one-of-a-kind glamorous pieces that she either created herself or found in unusual shops. A portion of my wardrobe consists of many unique vintage pieces that have been passed down from my mother, aunt, or grandmother.  Another source of inspiration for me is Bessie Kalfa, an interior design innovator, who was part of the late 1970's cafe society and social scene. I've been very lucky to have had the opportunity to meet her and learn from her personal guidance.

What book are you reading now?
As busy as life is today, I still find time to indulge in reading a few chapters from a book called In The Seventies: Adventures in the Counter-CultureI find it quite fascinating how many correlations there are between that era and the issues that are going on today. I am also drawn to Murder at St. Polycarp - an interesting story about a murder at a Catholic school. Ever since I was a small girl, I've had vivid memories about my experiences as former Catholic school student and chapters within the book transport me back into that world.

Favorite restaurant?
My taste in restaurants varies greatly from a fresh catch brought directly from the Aegean Sea, to Milos Restaurant on west 55th street, to the fresh fruit wagon on East 72nd which offers succulent sweet mangoes. I'm very fortunate to be in a city that offers it all and well.

What are you wearing today?
Classic high-waisted, slim fitting, black denim jeans, paired with the Anna Tote and Diamante Boots, both from NOTTEVERA

What do you enjoy most about living in the greatest city in the world? 
First and foremost, there’s no other place I’d rather be. Living within the high energy of Manhattan has given me the opportunity to reinvent myself. The notion that I can just leave my building and explore endless options at any moment is a true luxury. I love people-watching, restaurants, learning about different causes and cultures, enjoying boutique hotel visits, conversing with random people and discovering what their passions are, indulging in Saturday trips to museums, and having the opportunity to be working within the heart of SoHo.  New York has truly given me the freedom to be who I really am.

KNOW YOUR LEATHER: LAMBSKIN VS. CALFSKIN

Leather is a living, natural and durable material. At NOTTEVERA, we use several types of high quality Italian leather, including lambskin and calfskin. It’s not a matter of one being better than the other - both hides are considered luxury leathers - but there are in fact several differences between the two.

Lambskin is a remarkably soft, buttery, lightweight and delicate leather. And yet, in spite of its thinness, it is windproof and protective, and stands up to cold climates better than most other natural (or even synthetic) materials. On the other hand, Calfskin is firmer, and more well balanced in terms of softness and durability. It is stronger, making it good for harsh conditions and withstanding abrasions.

As a general rule of thumb, lambskin is best for leather garments (jackets and coats) because its soft texture easily forms to the body, whereas calfskin is better for accessories (shoes, handbags, wallets, and related accessories) because it is tougher and retains its shape better. Either way, if properly maintained, both hides will last for generations.

Our designers often like to mix things up. Our sleek Carla clutch is an exquisite example of an accessory made with genuine lambskin leather. It has bold design and a unique look, making it the distinctive choice for the sophisticated woman on the go. If you prefer a sturdier bag, then the Borchia clutch is more your style. Made with genuine calfskin, it sports raised gunmetal pillars around the frame and a rhinestone ornament, giving it a very glamorous look.

Can't choose? Get both, you only live once!




Chiara Clutch - NOTTEVERA

THE PERFECT MOTHER'S DAY GIFT

For us fashion lovers, our inspiration came from one specific place: our mothers. Not only did we learn almost everything from her, but most of us picked up a lot of subtle things from her that shaped our current fashion style: how to accessorize, what makes a bag beautiful and what style best compliments our personality.

This year, time to return the favor by surprising your stylish supermom with something truly special: the Chiara clutch from NOTTEVERA.

Chiara Clutch - NOTTEVERA

This sleek oversized clutch will give an air of refinement to any outfit and is big enough to hold all her essentials, including her tablet. It has an exterior zip pocket and a detachable shoulder strap for added versatility. This fashionista piece is made in Italy by skilled artisans with 100% genuine calf leather. 

After everything she’s done, the least we can do is let mom look amazing with this stunning clutch. Oh, and don't forget the flowers. Happy Mother’s day! 

SPRING IN NEW YORK

Destination: New York City. Power walking, skyscraper buildings, dollar pizza and great fashion—these are some things that New York stands for. Whether you are a permanent Soho resident or just a traveler taking selfies in Times Square, the following accessories are quintessential pieces that folks in the Big Apple rely on to look good—and you can find them right here at nottevera.com.

Leather Jacket: The weather is a bit unpredictable this time of year. Hope for heat but prepare for a mild breeze in an asymmetrical zip jacket. You’ll appreciate that this topper looks good with nearly everything you pack or have hanging in your closet.

Shoulder Bag: No one wants to worry about an oversized tote smacking a commuter, a clutch sliding out of your grip down the subway grate or the bitty cross body that won’t fit your souvenirs… or even your jumbo Milk Bar cookie.  A secure lock closure makes you feel safe, while the leather-laced chain and snake-embossed print look chic on this smart shoulder handbag.

High Heel Booties: As a host of Fashion Week, New York ladies know style and swag is important. Show some effort on your night out or during a day of light touring in point-toe booties treated to a metallic holographic design. You’ll look truly special wearing this Italian import.

There you have it. Dare to be yourself and wear clothes that express the unique and fabulous person you are!

The 5 minute makeover - NOTTEVERA

THE 5-MINUTE MAKEOVER

Everyone is pressed for time, we get it. We would all love an extra hour a day, but since that can only happen once a year, we have to think of the next best thing: a quick way to get ready and look great from the office to a night out with the girls.

The 5 minute makeover - NOTTEVERA

Start your ensemble with a cocktail dress crafted with a modest neckline. Think cowl or a not-too-scandalous V-neck rather than something strapless or one-shouldered. Now zip up an above-the-knee A-line skirt on top of that dress to turn it into a blouse for the work day. If your dress is printed, make sure it’s something that works with the temporary bottom. Add a leather bootie with personality, but without distracting details, something classy that will make you stand out from the crowd. Take along a posh tote to stow a petite makeup bag with essentials and an evening clutch.

As the day winds down, remove your skirt (remember, your dress is already on underneath), swap stud earrings for dramatic danglers and a crystal necklace, and allow for a quick touch-up – blush and lipstick. You can add some eyeliner to the mix or if you prefer, a bolder lip color. Stuff your tote under your desk and put your keys, cell and any absolutely necessary makeup items in your clutch.

You're ready. Enjoy your night, you look marvelous.

WHAT NOT TO DO AT NYFW

New York Fashion Week is upon us and etiquette matters. To help, here are our top ten absolute don’ts at #NYFW (yes, it's ok to use hashtags, but don't overdo it). 

1. Don’t ignore the weather reports. Prepare for the elements, but keep it functional. A bulky coat will keep you warm outside but doesn’t do too well inside a cramped space. Your Memory Jacket from NOTTEVERA, on the other hand, will keep you warm without invading the seat next to you. Use common sense.

2. Don't wear shoes you can’t walk in. We’re sorry to break it to you, but you’re not the star of the show. You want something elegant and comfortable. These fabulous lace-up booties will do just fine, thank you.

3. Don’t bring your dog. Unless he or she understands fashion better than you and can rock an outfit like these cool dudes.

4. Don’t steal other people’s seats. If your spot is way back, don’t go crashing that empty seat in first row. You don’t want to mess up the seating chart, plus you’ll look like a fool if you’re asked to vacate.

5. Don’t grab goodie bags that were not meant for you. That’s just not cool.

6. Don’t take a million selfies. The show is in front of you, not behind you. Unfollowed!

7. Don’t go crazy when you see a celebrity. Chances are you’ll bump into quite a few stars. If you really can't resist the urge to take that pic, do so but discreetly. Act like a real New Yorker.

8. Don’t shove people as you exit the show. We know you're in a hurry, and so are we. A little courtesy makes the whole process easier - and faster - for everybody. 

9. Don’t linger around street-style photographers. Hanging around street-style photographers hoping to get noticed smacks of desperation - and never works. If you really want to stand out, dress for yourself – not the lens.

10. Don’t be rude. Just don't. We're all invited guests at a fashion show, and we all want to have a good time. Who needs drama? NYFW is the best show on earth. Be nice and enjoy the show!

 

New year new you

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

If you love basics, hooray; you have a sensible wardrobe. But white button-downs, skinny or boot-cut dark denim and solid black satchels can all get a little blah when you don’t fill up the part of the closet that’s meant to spice looks up. The good news? Your closet is the perfect candidate for pieces that can easily become special with some NOTTEVERA accents sprinkled into every look.

A genuine snakeskin belt adds the unexpected in a good way. Posh texture lends a luxe vibe but the design is enhanced further by a covered or rhinestone-embellished belt buckle. With just this one item, a pair of jeans gains a new and improved identity. If you don’t wear belts too often you can spruce up with a lady’s favorite: shoes. Pin-thin heeled platform boots done tastefully are sure to get noticed and admired. If you’re willing to take on a rewarding dare then try out the lace-up Grinta in delicious suede with futuristic metallic accents. And finally, if you want to incorporate an extra that you can get daily use out of, purchase a one-of-a-kind purse. Between sculptural snakeskin bags with beaded handles, a moss-colored backpack with croco detail and a woven tote with a dragonfly fob, exciting handbag choices await you at nottevera.com.

It's a new year. What are you waiting for?

 

Leather Snakeskin Heels From Italy

PYTHON, PLEASE

It’s time to change your spirit animal to a certain reptile; get bitten and you’re never turning back!

Real python offers texture and print along with authenticity to spice up any outfit.  Sure, animal prints have been popular for years, but while leopard spots and zebra stripes often look loud, snake prints are a luxe way to launch a natural exoticism onto any piece. All it takes is a small dose, such as a python-wrapped clutch or belt and you’re sporting enough of that cool scaly texture to redefine your look.

Snake makes a powerful statement and is a high-end material. You are more likely to find it on accessories - very few style connoisseurs can pull off a scaled A-line dress but it happens. If you want to incorporate rain forest haute snakeskin into your wardrobe, look to NOTTEVERA for guidance. Add a jolt with one of our colored python belts or try black snakeskin turned up with an embellished belt buckle. Model it on a mixed media purse or show it off on the heel counter of block heel boots. Sssso chic!

Luxury Leather Italian Handbags US

HANDBAG BUYING GUIDE

Sure, we obsess over them, but the truth is—just like shoes—we actually need a handbag (or ten). Where else would we put our wallets, cell phone, keys, lipstick, notepad, mints, tissues, etc.? One of the most rewarding aspects of buying a luxury handbag is that, regardless of which structure you choose, it will always be in vogue. 

Fashion shows may determine current trends, but the truth is that each style serves a different purpose and personality. After all, the more (handbags) the merrier!

Here's a brief introduction to different bag styles and how to wear them.

Bucket Bag- This sack-style purse usually closes with a drawstring or a snap. With its rounded bottom and less structured appearance it tends to work best in relaxed outfits. Try it out with a leather jacket and ripped jeans.

Clutch- A clutch is a small purse that is made with a wrist strap or otherwise without any handle. It gets its name because you literally “clutch” it in your grip. We recently saw a surge in this style for daytime, but it’s not as practical when you need two free hands. The style scores major points at nighttime with a cute ensemble, such as a jumpsuit and cage heels.

Crossbody- Forget the heinous fanny pack. Navigate a theme park or manage a shopping spree with this hands-free style. A long strap, traditionally adjustable with a belt buckle, lays flat between your chest with the mid-size to small purse safely at your side. The crossbody is great for weekends or even parties when checking your bag isn’t an option. 

Satchel- This prim purse is often structured but ranges from rigid to soft and flexible. A satchel always has top handles but often has a shoulder strap as well. It’s one of the most versatile styles because it can go to breakfast with the ladies, the office, a dinner date, shopping trip, and anywhere in between.

Shoulder Bag- Dainty and feminine, this elegant style features a thin strap and comes in a more compact size.  A shoulder bag is a lovely alternative to a clutch for an evening out.

Tote- A tote is traditionally rectangular with a distinct form and top carrying handles. You’re familiar with it because the casual canvas version is what you take to the farmers’ market. Upgrade the style in your mind by taking a peek at the bevy of beauties on our site. Our snazzy options feature leather and/or snakeskin. Traditionally made with a wide width, it’s perfect for holding a portfolio or taking with on your daily commute.

 And there you have it. Which one is your favorite?

Finest Italian Fashion in NY

THE NEW SILK ROAD

We travel the world in search of the finest fabrics for our clothing collections, but when it comes to silk there is only one place we go to: Jinju, South Korea.

Jinju, located in Korea's South Gyeongsang province, is a historic city with breathtaking scenery and a thousand year-old cultural heritage. Since ancient times, Jinju silk has been recognized for its superior quality, which is derived from the combination of unique natural resources, superior dyeing techniques and centuries-old human expertise. The delicate beauty, unparalleled softness and luxurious feel of Jinju silk are recognized and appreciated worldwide. 

Working closely with our Jinju partners, we create exclusive custom patterns and designs that emphasize bold colors, feminine prints and clean finishes. We then ship our precious haul back to Italy for our designers and seamstresses to deliver exquisite collections of silk clothes and accessories that are meticulously made in Italy with superior Jinju silk fabrics -- true elegance for the modern woman. 

Wear the magic!

 

 

Italian Leather High Heels US

A BRIEF HISTORY OF HEELS

For generations, heels have embodied femininity and glamour but a pair of high heels was once an essential accessory for men.

Although high heeled shoes are depicted in ancient Egyptian murals, the earliest known heel wearers were 9th century Persian horseback riders who wore 1.5 inch heels for functionality as they kept the feet from sliding out of stirrups when riding or standing up to shoot arrows during battle.

In Europe, men started wearing heels following a 1599 visit by Persian diplomats to the continent to rally support for Persia’s war against the Ottoman Empire. A craze for Persian culture developed and wealthy European aristocrats embraced heels enthusiastically to highlight their social status.

One of the first European women to wear heels was Catherine de Medici, an Italian noblewoman from Florence. On her wedding day to the French Duke of Orleans in Marseille on October 28, 1533, the rather shy 14-year old bride astutely compensated for her short stature with an extravagant dress and a pair of 4" heels she had commissioned from a master craftsman in her native Florence, thus starting a trend that would last to this day.

Catherine de Medici would eventually become Queen of France from 1547 until 1559. Following her husband’s death, she assumed extensive, if at times varying, influence ruthlessly ruling France as its regent at times. Often described as “the most powerful woman in 16th century Europe”, she always dressed impeccably. A true style icon of her time, she is credited with importing many of Italy’s luxuries and customs to France, including perfume, underwear, ballet, table manners and, of course, Italian style (although the French may disagree).

Heels would drift in and out of fashion in 18th and 19th century Europe, with men eventually walking away from the trend to differentiate themselves from women. For a while, women too got away from heels as they were not practical to walk in on muddy or cobblestone roads. The advent of photography in the mid-19th century brought back the heel, as photographers would often dress their risque’ models in heels. The paving of roads also contributed to the renaissance of heels. Fast forward to the 1950s, French designer Roger Vivier re-popularized the high heel with the invention of the stiletto. The rest, as they say, is history.

So next time you hit the streets with your NOTTEVERA heels, remember to thank Catherine de Medici. She may have terrorized her people, but she looked damn good doing it. 

HANDBAG MAINTENANCE 101

Over generations, handbags have evolved into becoming a critical asset that can make or break your style. A simple formula for managing a long-term relationship with your artisan-made or designer handbag involves love, care and, most importantly, maintenance. Getting rid of smudges and stains that invariably develop on bags during the course of wear will keep your bag in a seemingly brand new condition for years to follow. The NOTTEVERA team has a few simple tricks and remedies to get rid of these unwanted, common stains.  

  • Pen marks are every bag owner’s worst nightmare! They are the most easily formed, yet hardest to get rid of. Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and gently rub the stain clean. Once clean, use your blow dryer to dry the affected area. 

  • Deep stains, such as red wine or coffee, are unpleasant and unwanted on a bag, for sure! Simply mix one teaspoon of lemon juice and one teaspoon of Cream of Tartar to form a paste that is sure to wipe away the stain.  

  • Grease spots - also known as Bag Cancer- are unappreciated! Take immediate action by dusting talcum powder on the stained area, then leaving it to absorb overnight. The next day, gently brush off the powder and dampen a clean cloth with distilled water to lightly clean the stain. By using distilled water, you avoid any discoloration formed by minerals, and prevent residue deposits on your precious bag.

And there you have it. Now your bags will always look like new!

A TOTE-ALLY STYLISH MOM!

For most fashion lovers, especially bag admirers our inspiration came from one specific place: our mothers. Not only did we learn almost everything from her, but most of us picked up a lot of subtle things from her that shaped our current fashion style; how to accessorize, what makes a bag beautiful and what style best compliments our personality. 

This year, time to return the favor by surprising your stylish supermom with something truly special: the Fiorello Leather Tote by NOTTEVERA.

This sleek modern interpretation of the tote is made in Italy by expert artisans using the finest quality embossed leather and materials. The bold texture gives this bag a dynamic characteristic, while still staying elegant and poised. 

After everything she’s done, the least we can do is let mom look amazing in this stunning Fiorello tote bag! Happy Mother’s day!  

NEW SEASON, NEW LOOK

With New York’s weather being all kinds of crazy, getting dressed every morning has become a definite challenge for us all. While everyone has been struggling, figuring out what to wear each morning, the NOTTEVERA team has been spring-cleaning, cooking up brand new stellar ideas.

In celebration to the new season, we’ve created a fresh new look for our website – designed exclusively for the NOTTEVERA woman in you, elegant, charismatic and undeniably sophisticated! We will also be announcing this season’s collections soon. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead check us out. 

MADE IN ITALY HANDBAGS

Italian craftsmen abide by some of the most stringent labor and environmental regulations in the world. Atelier laborers have health insurance, paid vacations and must undergo yearly physical exams to determine their ability to perform their jobs. 

 "The Made in Italy label is synonymous with tradition, know-how and very high standards. Many family-owned ateliers have been around for decades, and it is not uncommon for craftsmen to spend their entire careers working for the same atelier, passing down their knowledge from generation to generation" explains Marco Serrano, a third-generation family business owner who has been making handbags for top Italian luxury brands for over half a century.

But Italian craftsmanship comes at a price. While most handbags made in Asia can cost less than $20 each to manufacture, traditionally-crafted Italian leather handbags like NOTTEVERA cost much more to make. That's because many Asian manufacturers operate more like sweatshops with poor working conditions and virtually indentured laborers -- two factors giving them a steep price advantage over Italian ateliers.

 "Made in Italy also means made the Italian way. A customer acquiring a made in Italy handbag can expect not only the best materials and workmanship, but also a respected legal process" said Mr. Serrano.

 And so, there you have it. While our handbags may cost more to make than others, we believe this is the only way for us to ethically guarantee the well-being of our artisans and the integrity of our brand. Our bags are not only made in Italy, they are made the Italian way.