Chocolate, cheese, Ricola and banking might come to mind when you think about Switzerland. Living in the land of Swiss banking has been a unique experience from the super serious vibe inside UBS branches to its online system. Logging in to my online Swiss bank account to transfer 5
bucks Francs is like a top secret mission. You would not believe the process. Yet, when it comes to style investments; it’s slim pickins. There are some clothing stores that only exist in Switzerland selling designs that make H&M look Hermès. And yet these low quality stores are 10x the price of Forever 21. This is where Italy saves the day…in terms of style!
Earlier this year I bought a faux leather tote that unfortunately it smells like a mix of sour milk and the cow pasture across the street from our apartment. This leads me to my favorite outlet hotspot near Lake Como, plus an Italian handbag brand you need to know now sold in the US. Here a few reasons to consider allocating fashion funds to ‘Made in Italy‘ style investments…
<The Italian Experience - You won’t catch me in Milan doing much damage, but every now and then, my husband and I go to Foxtown Outlets in Switzerland – just 30 minutes from Lake Como near the border of Italy. It’s like nothing I’ve seen before. Every Italian designer you could think of and the outlet stores are pristine. No piles of clearance items or changing rooms filled with unwanted styles. Store associates (both men & women) dress ultra-stylish wearing little leather purses as part of their uniform. It seems that Italians know their clothes are high-quality and treat them like gold>
<Meet Adora – Made in Vinci, Florence – I was first introduced to Adora handbags by Adrienne of The Rich Life on a Budget who featured her blue soft leather bag. Each Adora bag is handcrafted in Italy with 100% Italian leather and hardware. The quality is on the same level as Gucci and Prada, and I can already tell I’ll be wearing it all year>
<Italian Quality - It includes a dustbag and this removal pouch made out of the same leather for my chapstick, cell phone, a comb and anything else I need. The leather is so soft and luxurious, you have to feel it to believe it>
<Why Buy ‘Made in Italy’ - The best part about the trust I feel when I see an Italian brand is that they take fashion so seriously and truly care about quality and design. But that doesn’t necessarily mean over-the-top expensive. Some of my favorite Italian brands include Geox Shoes and Replay Jeans – both with selections under $180 and now the Adora bag for only $280>
<DETAILS by Dale> BCBG heels (old) / Jeans (old) ~ Citizens of Humanity / Bag (black) ~ c/o Adora / Coat (old) ~ Sisley (last seen here) / nails ~ OPI ‘Alpine Snow‘ / necklace ~ Target / ring ~ InPink
Do you have an Italian brand you love?