I love manufacturing in Italy! Not only because of the superior quality of leather and craftsmanship that is instilled in each and every handbag, but also because when I visit my factories, I get to enjoy the amazing food and culture in this beautiful country. If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook (@stacychanlondon), you have probably had a little taste of my adventures, but I thought I would dedicate a blog post to my most recent visits at the end of August!
My first trip was to the Marche region of Italy to visit the manufacturer of our beautiful clutch bags. I had my first look at our newly remoulded clutch bags which feature our new logo subtly etched into the frame. These new bags are also sized to fit our ever growing smart-phone needs – I haven’t forgotten about all the iPhone Plus users out there!
I love coming to this area because after my meetings, I can head to the seaside and wiggle my toes on the sandy beaches enjoy amazing seafood. After a walk on the beach, I had my go-to dinner when I’m at the Italian seaside – tagliatelle all’astice – freshly made pasta with lobster. Warning: this photo will make you hungry.
My next visit was to our newest manufacturer in an area just north of Milan called Varese. It was lovely to visit this small factory dedicated to local Italian craftsmanship who will be working on our newest designs, including our new Midi Amy Tote.
Afterwards, I stayed in a beautiful parkland called Campo dei Fiori at the top of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was a pleasure to have this stunning view from my office for the day.
I also made time to visit the series of beautiful chapels set into the mountainside. Each of these 14 chapels contain frescos and life-size painted statues representing the Mysteries of Christ’s life culminating with a beautiful sanctuary chapel at the top. Even if you are not religious, it is hard to deny the beauty of these buildings in this natural setting.
Travelling for work sometimes has its drawbacks, but choosing to produce in Italy definitely makes it easier. With beautiful scenery and delicious food, and the amazing quality of leather production, why would I produce anywhere else?