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You Saw Fendi’s Spring Runway, Now See How Those Elaborate Bags Are Made

Grand master of high fashion Karl Lagerfeld presented a collection of what Vogue called “techno rococo confections” for spring ’17. The skillfully executed mashup of eras and tastes included gilded aprons over pants and boudoir-inspired lingerie pieces amid exaggerated sleeves and high-contrast pinstripes. And, of course, decked-out Fendi handbags.

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Runway photos by InDigital Images

Beautifully offbeat, expertly crafted pieces are something of a signature for Fendi—a well-known fact for anyone who owns a handbag (or three) from the iconic Italian house.

Which is why just days before the Milan Fashion Week runway show, we celebrated the launch of the newest Peekaboo bag—her name is Selleria–at our downtown Seattle flagship store. Fendi lovers sipped on bubbly and perused the boutique as they witnessed the magic of Italian artisan Dimitri Ciandella.

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Photos by Mona Lee

It’s not, of course, really magic; guests looked on as years of expertise were exhibited by Ciandella’s deft fingers as he assembled the Roman-leather Selleria from scratch, a feat that requires thousands upon thousands of stitches precision-threaded to perfection.

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The Italian-speaking Ciandella even posed for photo-ops with enchanted shoppers, bidding them ciao with a soft-spoken yet friendly “Bye!” as they left with their very own Sellerias.

Arrivederci e grazie, Dimitri!

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Need a Selleria? (Of course you do.) Get in touch with a Designer Specialist at 1.877.543.7463 to bring one home.

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