Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Roaming Around with Michael Rome and His Affordable Handbags: BAGTRENDS

Dear Bagistas,

Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of catching up with handbag designer Michael Rome whom I met several months ago at the HSN studios. Michael is the charming Florentine behind the handbag line that bares his name. His selection of classic crocodile embossed satchels and totes (and now a growing selection of softer leather and trendy detailing) are best sellers on HSN. Best of all, these Italian-made handbags are all real leather and retail mostly under $145. Amazing, I know! Getting to know Michael over afternoon tea at his showroom was a treat - considering I have a soft spot for all things Italian. His New York showroom welcomes you with a glorious portrait of Florence's most famous square, Piazza della Signoria, from the beginning of the 20th century. Michael's own home is just minutes away from the square ... hey Michael can I come along on the next trip to the factory? (It would make for a fabulous story!!) Well, maybe that can't be arranged over one afternoon, but I was delighted to get this soft grey hobo upon departing ($120 on HSN.com) and be able to snap away previews of the fall collection. Dirty "porno" colors (yes that's actually how I have been referring to these colors in the professional setting - it is what it is) of cognac, mustard, pumpkin orange, bourbon, and all kinds of browns dominate the season - keep an eye out for this major color wave for fall. Michael also has some options that work for the "rocker glam" trend that will sizzle well into holiday 2009. Enjoy.
Have a bag-a-licious day!
Pamela Pekerman

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