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Clockwise from top: Prada’s leather and polyvinyl bag, $1,650, at select Saks Fifth Avenue stores, saks.com; Michael Kors’s leather bag with Lucite strap, $495, at select Michael Kors stores, 866.709.KORS; Giorgio Armani’s patent-leather and PVC shoe, $745, at Giorgio Armani, New York, 212.339.5950; Fendi’s Plexiglas clutch, $910, at Fendi, New York, 212.759.4646; Burberry’s Lucite bangle, $495, burberry.com; Dolce & Gabbana’s cotton, polyester and gold-plate tote, $895, at select Dolce & Gabbana boutiques, 877.70.DGUSA, dolcegabbana.it.
From top: Yves Saint Laurent’s leather tote, $2,895, at select Yves Saint Laurent boutiques, ysl.com; Ambrosi Abrianna’s crocodile and leather clutch, $19,600, at Ambrosi Abrianna, New York, 212.582.2506; Gucci’s crocodile clutch, $6,800, at select Gucci stores, 800.456.7663, gucci.com; Salvatore Ferragamo’s python bag with beech-wood handle, $4,200, at Salvatore Ferragamo, New York, 212.759.3822.
Clockwise from top left: Versace’s leather bag, $1,395, at select Versace boutiques, 888.721.7219; Ralph Lauren Collection’s lizardskin bag, $3,995, ralphlauren.com; Marc Jacobs’s napa leather and python bag, $1,595, at Marc Jacobs, marcjacobs.com; D&G’s denim and leather bag, $660, yoox.com; Louis Vuitton’s leather and ponyskin mule with metal heel, $1,000, louisvuitton.com.
From top: Tod’s alligator bag, $31,000, at Tod’s, 800.457.TODS, tods.com; Chloé’s crocodile bag, $19,950, net-a-porter.com.
Talk about commitment to craft: Jeffrey Parker and Tony Ta uprooted their entire lives for JT Italia, their new handbag line. The Fashion Institute of Technology–educated pair—they bonded in draping class—toiled in various corporate design positions while kicking around the idea of setting out on their own; their pipe dream was a small luxury collection produced in the fabled factories of Florence. So last year the duo relocated to the Italian city and launched an unabashedly luxe lineup of leather totes and pavé crystal clutches, their silhouettes folded, stitched and, yes, draped meticulously. “We felt we could match the techniques of ready-to-wear,” Ta explains. “No one was doing these kinds of curved seams and darts.” Consider it tailoring for one’s carryall.
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