Here’s German supermodel/eternal babe Claudia Schiffer leaving a restaurant in London, carrying a Salvatore Ferragamo Emidia Suede Crossbody Bag. Claudia actually lives in the UK with her husband, film director Matthew Vaughn, and their three kiddos. Her bag is no longer available in stores, but you can shop a vast assortment of Ferragamo handbags, belts, and accessories at Bloomingdale’s.

Moreso than most American brands, who tend to try to please a crowd, Italian designers often have very specific customers. Dolce & Gabbana is for women who want to look sexy and traditionally elegant all at once. Gucci is straight-up sexy. Bottega Veneta is for sophisticated women who count luxury as more important than flash. Versace is for women who date rock stars and wear six-inch wedges to the beach.

Salvatore Ferragamo is an Italian company, but what you might not realize is that the brand’s founder and namesake got his start in Southern California. Ferragamo set up shop in Santa Barbara in 1914, and to celebrate both the brand’s 99-year presence in California and its sponsorship of the first annual Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Gala, the brand is releasing The Annenberg Collection of handbags, shoes and jewels.

My love for the feminine and classic Salvatore Ferragamo Vara and Varina shoes has been a long time in the making, so what better way to showcase my love than playing with the items themselves?

We teamed up with Rachel, a good friend and beautiful model (isn’t she stunning? We need to feature her more!), to showcase some of our favorite Salvatore Ferragamo shoes and bags.

Salvatore Ferragamo Vara and Varina

A preview of our shoot with fabulous Salvatore Ferragamo bags and the iconic Salvatore Ferragamo Vara and Varina… stay tuned for more next week!

Although I own hundreds of bags, I find myself hunting through my collection to find a bag that I love and will end up carrying for weeks at a time. Sometimes I change out my bags often, but when I find a great bag, I tend to stick with it. A few weeks ago, I started carrying my Salvatore Ferragamo Small Tote in Raffia and Python and since I first picked it up, I haven’t put it down.

In the next few months you will be seeing a lot more shoe love from our team; we continue to share our footwear obsessions at TalkShoes, because what handbag lover doesn’t love shoes as well? (And vice versa, of course.) One of my favorite shoe brands is Salvatore Ferragamo – the brand’s shoes are legitimately comfortable, which can be a tough feat to accomplish when it comes to women’s shoes.

I no longer watch Project Runway, but I’ll be forever indebted to the show (and to Tim Gunn) for giving us the beautiful phrase “a lot of look.” Gunn’s a tactful, polite man, so he generally only deployed that saying in a negative way, but I think it’s applicable beyond that – “a lot of look,” in my mind, can be either good or bad, depending on the skill of the designer.

The vast majority of the bags that we feature during our weekly man bag sojourns are, to put it bluntly, a bit drap. Most men like it that way; colors, especially brights, are generally reserved to ladies and the more flamboyant gays. I’m not sure who decided that wearing color was un-masculine, but I’d like to disagree. Men look great in color at the same rate women do, and judging by the Salvatore Ferragamo Revival Duffel Bag, some Italian gents agree with me.

Tomorrow kicks off New York Fashion Week, and we are excited and a wee bit stressed to get started. However, I feel so lucky to be part of the events, and I look forward to sharing the things that I see with you all. One of the best ways to do that is via social media, and of course we are on every platform and plan to give you a behind-the-scenes look of how we experience fashion week.

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