There is nothing more invigorating for a handbag enthusiast than to be introduced to a new line that excites you. There are so man ordinary handbag designers out there now, in fact, the handbag world is cluttered with designers and it becomes hard to sift through the masses to find the gems. There is a new gem that will be on the talk of the handbag world soon enough, and that is JT Handbags. I was introduced to the line by Sari Brown from Lux Couture and then further introduced through emails and phone calls from the duo Jeffrey Parker and Tony Ta, the “J” and the “T” of JT. The men behind JT Handbags considered themselves to grow up professionally in New York, but decided to move to Florence, Italy where the right product with the right artisans could be created.
Florence is well-known, but many do not realize that a huge bulk of designer houses and designers work right out of Florence. At times you can walk through the streets and catch a scent of the fresh leather seeping under doorways, letting you know behind those doors a handbag that you may carry is being made. JT Handbags was not rushed into production, rather Jeffrey and Tony spent two years perfecting their debut collection and launched in October 2007. The worked long enough and perfected the designs impeccably, as the love and hype surrounding the brand is growing exponentially daily.
From speaking with the designers and learning more about their brand and their attitude it is apparent that they take a fresh approach on all that they do. For the JT Handbags showroom they converted a 1952 double decker London bus with hosted a reception and a showing of their collection. The idea was imaginative and will surely stick in the minds of those that attended for years to come.
JT Italia prides themselves in doing what they do well. They want their bags to be introduced to select retail partners and discerning clientele. And while the push is not to be an overnight sensation rather a slow and deliberate growth, the JT Handbag designs are organically creating their own stir and hype. It is not shocking then that a star like Rihanna was spotted carrying the JT Italia HB Satchel in red eel skin.
On to the bags! The only problem that I am faced with now is having never touched the bags in person, and yes, that must be changed. To really know a bag you must feel it. Touch it, look at it, try it on. See how each and every stitch is made, the quality of the inside as well as the outside. And this I plan on doing shortly, so I can bring you a personal account of what a JT handbag is like in person. For now though I can tell you about what they offer and what to expect from the design duo.
The Spring/Summer 2008 collection carries four lines; Earth, Water, Air, and Paradise. Each bag is meticulously crafted, adding subtle hints of leather genius throughout. The exclusive distributor for the JT Italia Handbags online is Lux Couture. Her stock is usually stocked with more than the web site may suggest, give her a call, mention Purse Blog sent you and she’ll find you what you are looking for.
Below are some of my favorite bags from JT Italia along with the prices:
JT HB Satchel in Flesh | $3,440.00 via Lux Couture
Made entirely by hand, this voluminous bag is practically couture and absolutely stunning.
JT UL Tote in Navy | $2,495.00 via Lux Couture
This updated take on the classic bowling bag, is brilliantly modern and fabulously luxurious.
JT YY Clutch, embroidered linen trimmed in buffalo | $2,290.00 inquire at Lux Couture
We will post additional information on JT Italia handbags in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.