Left: Gabriella Croc Bag Right: Alberto Ostrich
Massimo Calestrini, the designer for Shiro Company, designs a mix of traditional style with modern taste while experimenting with new shapes and materials such as African ostrich and Asian crocodile, and we love the results! Simple but luxurious, he really understands how to make the most of the skins he works with. The ostrich Alberto bag ($6,140)is a great casual bag and judging by the name, it’s a man bag, but nice enough for both men and women. The lack of logo will also greatly appeal to our discreet Bag Snobs.
The crocodile Gabriella tote ($9,697) available in a rainbow array of colors is absolutely fabulous. I am dying to see what the fuschia croc looks like! The signature tag with lizard and danglin charms is a cheeky element that plays down the seriousness of a structured crocodile bag. It’s a bargain compared to the $15,000 Zac Posen is charging for his atrocious turquoise croc bag! Don’t get me started on him. He’s nothing but another over-rated boy wunderkind. Shiro bags at Luisa via Roma.