Wednesday, February 1, 2012

“Pretiosa” handbag design by Leonardo made real by luxury Italian fashion house

The fragmented drawings, shown reassembled at left, came from the Museo Ideale in the Tuscan town of Vinci, where Leonardo was born in 1452. The corporeal bag, dubbed “Pretiosa,” was executed by Carla Braccialini of the house of Gherardini in a limited edition crafted with artisan techniques of leather and metal embossing. "Leonardo designed several fashion accessories, but this bag is pretty unique. It blends beauty and functionality in a very harmonious way,” the Museo Ideale's director Alessandro Vezzosi told Discovery News. No kidding!
More samples of Da Vinci's creative genius can be found throughout The Da Vinci Notebooks, as well as in World of Inventors: Leonardo da Vinci. 
As long as we're contemplating opulence, featured this Crandall New Model, a Victorian beauty decorated with hand-painted roses and accented with inlaid mother-of-pearl. No qwerty keyboard though!


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    1. (the purse.. not the typewriter!!)

  2. very cool bag! it's super cute and looks like it would hold up with all the stuff I carry around in my purse ;)

  3. Purses, shoes, and clothes are a woman's BEST FRIEND!!!! The purse is too FLY. Italy has some of the best purses I have ever seen

  4. Yes, the bag is fabulous but the typewriter is fantastic! How could one not be inspired to write great prose with that beauty!

  5. I think the rings that would be necessary to wear while typing on such a typewriter could prove cumbersome, but the swank that would go along with ripping a completed page out, might just be worth it.

  6. I think the typewriter should be reproduced as well as the satchel! What a cool objet d'art, even if not used for its original purpose.

  7. For those who are into textures, it really is a great handbag! No, i do not work for the company, and usually never post anything. Good Luck fashionistas with this unique find!