Our Favorite Italian Handbags Designed By Local Brands

Italian women know that a chic handbag is the best fashion accessory.
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Italy is known for its impeccable style which includes fashion and accessories like sunglasses, shoes, and handbags. Italy also has a long legacy of artisanship and a slow fashion philosophy. This is thanks to its quality materials and talented craftsman who pass down their knowledge from generation to generation. As Italy insiders, we’ve spent years exploring cities up and down the boot to find the best local designers who craft timeless accessories. Here are our favorite Italian designers creating chic handbags with natural materials, recycled leather, and more.

Milaner

Milaner, a brand that produces small-batch, vintage-inspired luxury goods, works with select artisans in Italy and France to create elegant designs. Their signature handwoven Vachetta leather tote bag is our go-to year-round! It comes in an oversized version for travel as well as smaller models for afternoons in town. But we also love Milaner’s chic bags for the summer, including the Rachel Wicker Bag and Morgan Raffia Bag. Incidentally, these handbags are named after our friends Rachel and Morgan who created The Italy Edit’s Rome Wellness Guide.


FRP Collection

We first discovered FRP Collection on Instagram and have been obsessed with its stylish designs ever since. By pairing soft-grained calfskin leather with crochet weaving, FRP Collection’s accessories truly make a statement. The brand was founded by Francesca Romana Palermo whose Nonna Maria taught her how to knit and crochet. After working with luxury brands, Francesca set off to create her own collection of accessories that incorporated woven raffia into the designs. The handbags come in a variety of pretty shades like teal and lilac and come in several silhouettes. We’re fans of the Emma bucket bag and the Maddalena basket bag.


Maria La Rosa

A Milanese brand founded by Maria La Rosa is now run together with her two daughters. This family-operated business takes inspiration from Sicily’s artisanal techniques and applies them to create contemporary accessories. The brand’s philosophy eschews “following trends” in favor of supporting historic weaving techniques to create knit, macramé, crochet, and embroidered items. Maria La Rosa has a myriad of small bags and clutches. Perfect for dinner dates or special events (like the ribbon woven Game clutch and the Tricot Game).


Iacobella

Iacobella is a Florentine company born after designer Iacobella Gaetani traveled to South America in 2019. There, she was inspired to create an Italian version of the Colombian “Mochila” bag – a woven design made by indigenous artisans. Iacobella is a brand rooted in sustainability and the limited-edition designs are made by recycling unused leather scraps. Each piece is handmade, versatile, and built to last.


Le Pochette di Martina

La Pochette di Martina is an ambitious artisanal brand that produces one-of-a-kind pieces crafted from recycled unused materials of all shapes and sizes. The bags come in a variety of styles! From tote bags in Jacquard print or terry cloth to Mini Moon bags with silk fabrics and bamboo handles. Since all bags are made on-demand in Tuscany orders must be placed via WhatsApp (details are available on the website).


Marta Ray

Marta Ray is a Roman brand well-known for its comfortable ballerina flats. However, Marta Ray also produces affordable leather handbags in dozens of bright colors. Named after the brand’s Polish founder Marta Ratajczak who settled in Rome in 2001, the brand has three stores in Rome and one in Florence. Buttery soft and easy to wear, you’ll surely find yourself reaching for Marta Ray’s handbags again and again.


Amira Bags

If you’re looking for classic Italian handbags at an honest price, be sure to check out Amira Bags. A collaboration between Roman-born Maria Cristina Gasche and her father Uberto Gasche, a photographer, the brand is perfect for timeless essentials. Amira produces both bucket bags as well as shopping bags in a variety of colors, making them suitable for any season. Check out the brand’s Instagram @amira__bags for additional styles.


Tramontano

A leather goods workshop dating back to 1865, Tramontano represents the creativity and craftsmanship of Naples. The brand has over 600 models in its archives made entirely by hand. This includes woven handbags and silk clutches, belts, luggage, as well as other chic accessories. We love how Tramontano adds an innovative spin to traditional designs, creating unexpected handbags that are fresh and timeless.

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  1. tHANK YOU FOR SHARING. I’M HEADING TO SICILY IN 16 DAYS (COUNT DOWN IS ON!) AND I’M GOING TO ENJOY PURCHASING A HANDBAG BY ONE OF THESE LOCAL DESIGNER’S,WHICH WILL SERVE AS A BEAUTIFUL MEMORY! SO MANY GOOD ONES! X

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