Monday, January 16, 2012

Where It’s At: Saffiano Leather

You may have seen the stunning Miranda Kerr, 28, strutting her stuff at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York November 8.

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Although Miranda is one of the original Victoria’s Secret Angels, she perpetually wears the smile of something slightly more mischievous. Another permanent fixture on her appearance is the loyal, cherry red purse that never leaves her side.

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It’s the Prada Saffiano Lux Tote Bag, $1,730, available at Saks.

Saffiano leather is where it’s at. You’re going to see it everywhere. Prada, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren are configuring saffiano into luggage, belts and wallets for both men and women. Saffiano purses are popping up constantly.

I am crazy for Badgley Mischka’s saffiano handbag in red with striking gold hardware, below. It sold out nationwide.

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Tory Burch is using the unique crosshatched Italian leather elegantly when she fashions gorgeous goodies for gadgets, like this shimmeringly chic iPad case, $225, below.

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Another coveted commodity, this product also sold out and can be difficult to find.

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If you have your heart set on this statuesque golden guard, you will probably have to search online.

To dress up the rustic feel of the textured skins, Burch often applies metallic finishes or produces them with a high-shine glaze like patent leather.

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In vivid hues, like prison inmate orange, she has crafted the passport holder, $87.50, and iPhone pull pouch, $59.50, shown below.

There’s no mistaking these two in a lineup. When you’re on the go and reaching for something fast, the conspicuous accessories will most definitely stand out in a crowded purse.

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And although they also come in other colors, the slightly scandalous, illicit inmate orange is by far my favorite. There’s something bold and deliberate and unapologetically glam about the bright tangerine hues that I just love.

Due to its unique texture, saffiano leather is water repellant and resists scratching. It ages fabulously, so unlike some things in this disposable society, your leather lovelies are guaranteed to last. They just may hold up for 25 years to life.

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