Handcrafted  Designs

Beauty in Simplicity

Bottega Flaviani is an artisan workshop devoted to maintaining the traditional art of leather working and handbag making.  One-of-a-kind and completely hand-made bags and accessories are clean in design and fulfill your every need and desire.

 

Each piece is hand cut, assembled and hand sewn, using sumptuous Italian leathers and lined in velveteen suede leather for a luxurious finish. 

Hand Picked Leather

Each skin is individually selected one by one.

I purchase materials that move me, and shop for color, quality, color, uniqueness and feel.

There are times when I look at the skin and know exactly what to make, while other times, the leather dictates the style, and I will build a bag specifically for the leather. 

 

I work with one skin at a time and build as many pieces possible from that skin. Once the skin is done,  it's over... and I move on to the next skin.

Hand Finished Edges 

The edges on a leather piece start out rough and unfinished.  The process of edge finishing is a multi step process that can take as long as one hour to complete each part of the bag.

 

This includes:

  • Two rounds of hand sanding

  • Dying the edges

  • Two rounds of waxing the edges 

  • Buffing and the final polishing. 

 

Every exterior edge of a bag goes through this process before it is smooth and polished.

Hand Sewn 

One by one….every part of the creation is sewn one stitch at a time. Meditative and rhythmic, hand stitching is a process that requires precision piercing with a diamond tipped awl, and over under weaving of threads to guarantee the perfect stitch angle, every time.

Bees waxed thread, even tension and a traditional saddle stitch locks every stitch in place, just like a sewing machine.  So what's the difference?No motorized machines are used to make these bags. Just a lot of tools and the two hands of one artisan.