In the realm of luxury fashion, certain elements remain timeless: discretion, intimacy, affection, personality, and uniqueness. Serapian (Instagram), an esteemed purveyor of fine leather goods, encapsulates all these qualities in their latest creation—the Secret bag. It’s more than an accessory, it’s the perfect example of quiet luxury and the centrepiece of the spring/summer 2024 women’s collection.
Serapian, with its 95-year-old heritage, is a well-kept secret among those in the know. Since its inception in 1928, this heritage Maison has been a fount of discreet artistry and craftsmanship, becoming something of a hidden gem. Behind the doors of Villa Mozart, the Maison’s headquarters and atelier nestled in the heart of Milan, Serapian’s artisans bring handcrafted pieces to life.
On September 19th, during Milan Fashion Week, Villa Mozart’s gates swung open for a fabulous soirée. The event paid homage to Milan’s cultural milieu, adorned with quintessentially Milanese décor and design pieces from the Marta Sala Éditions collection. It was a celebration of Serapian’s legacy, steeped in the fine tradition of leather goods.
At the heart of this collection is the Secret tote bag, a signature design that emerged as a bespoke artisanal creation. Conceived for a discerning Milanese client, this bag offers spaciousness, lightweight elegance, and a hidden pocket inside. In the “Milanese Geometries” collection, the Secret tote bag pays tribute to the measured opulence of Milan’s entryways. These entryways serve as a portal to discover the city’s soft-spoken flair. They feature polychrome materials and intricate geometric patterns that deftly balance austerity and magnificence, exuding both out-there splendor and understated sobriety. This design ethos embodies Serapian’s knack for understated elegance, exceptional craftsmanship, and meticulous artisanship.
The Secret tote bag, crafted from supple nappa leather, unveils its soul in the “See-through” range, offering black and tan iterations. These designs showcase the signature Mosaico weaving techniques, accentuated by contrasting leather or canvas linings. Each bag includes a hidden leather pouch adorned with the exquisite Mosaico pattern.
Serapian’s artisanal prowess shines brightly in the Mestieri d’Arte lineup. Inspired by Milanese entryway marble flooring, these creations employ the stop-and-go Mosaico technique, combining nappa, suede, and laminated nappa in eclectic color combinations. From coral red to peacock blue, each version is a testament to Serapian’s commitment to elegance.
The rare and precious exotic skins collection elevates the exquisite pattern to new heights. Off-white leather pairs with beige suede and light gold laminated Elaphe strips, adding a 3D and textured effect to the timeless Serapian icon.
In the main range, the Mosaico technique remains a focal point. Solid coral red, blue jeans, and gold versions of the Secret tote bag, available in three sizes, exude timeless elegance.
A relaxed resort vibe permeates the Canvas and Raffia lineup, reminiscent of tony seaside resort destinations. Natural canvas and tan leather piping grace the Secret bag in regular and small sizes, as well as the Meliné top handle. Meanwhile, natural raffia and almond leather combine effortlessly in the Secret bag’s small, regular, and clutch designs.
Serapian’s Secret bag and their spring/summer 2024 women’s collection are simply stunning and deserve to be further explored.
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