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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!

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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?

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.