The Perfect Handbag of Maria Lamanna

By Alexandra Zografou | 2014/07/20 - 14:31:22


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The famous “Made in Italy” badge, sewed on many of the coveted luxury leather goods we are lusting over these days, has always been an essential part of the Italian heritage and kept quality standards of the products high. For designer Maria Lamanna, who won Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design in 2013 in The Independent Handbag Designer Awards, it was the necessity to find the perfect handbag that drew her initially to handbag design. Maria introduced us to her line and discussed her collections and inspiration, highlighting how important it is to create classy handbags.

Tell us a bit about your background and how you decided to become a handbag designer.
I was born in Parma, Italy on May 5, 1981, where I lived and studied History of Modern Arts. In 2007, I relocated to South Africa, where I worked for the Italian Chamber of Commerce. Fashion was not one of my main interests, but the passion for design passed through form my parents, both architects, led me to design my first handbag for myself. From then on, designing handbags has become a real job. In 2012, I moved back to Italy to seek perfection in manufacturing.

What or who you would say is your inspiration?
I think the main inspiration is music, in general, and the feeling a song can give someone. That is what I would like my bags to be, just like music.

Apart from leather, which is your favorite material to work with?
I’d love to work more with metal, but it is difficult to incorporate it in handbags without making it too obvious.

We’ve noticed that even in your spring collection you refrain from using bright colors, preferring to stick to the classy ones. Why is that?
Trends are screaming “pastel,” but this could be fleeting. I want to create something that will stay.

Your handbags are all about architectural structure. What is the most important thing when creating a handbag?
Perfection which, in my opinion, can only be reached by a solid structure.

What do you think makes a handbag “It?” 
Stand-out simplicity.

Who would you like to see carrying your handbag?
Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine. She’s a “rockabilly” lady, with great style and truly represents my personal spirit.

Would you ever consider expanding your line to include other accessories or clothing?
Perhaps jewelry, but this won’t happen any time soon. 
Così shoulder bag by Maria Lamanna
Così shoulder bag
Maria Lamanna
Così shoulder bag by Maria Lamanna
Così shoulder bag
Maria Lamanna
Dinner & Dance bag by Maria Lamanna
Dinner & Dance bag
Maria Lamanna
Dinner & Dance bag by Maria Lamanna
Dinner & Dance bag
Maria Lamanna
Junior bag by Maria Lamanna
Junior bag
Maria Lamanna
Junior bag by Maria Lamanna
Junior bag
Maria Lamanna
Vittoria Clutch by Maria Lamanna
Vittoria Clutch
Maria Lamanna
Vittoria Clutch by Maria Lamanna
Vittoria Clutch
Maria Lamanna
Haze bag by Maria Lamanna
Haze bag
Maria Lamanna
Haze bag by Maria Lamanna
Haze bag
Maria Lamanna
Why Not handbag by Maria Lamanna
Why Not handbag
Maria Lamanna
Why Not handbag by Maria Lamanna
Why Not handbag
Maria Lamanna
Miss Manù backpack by Maria Lamanna
Miss Manù backpack
Maria Lamanna
Miss Manù backpack by Maria Lamanna
Miss Manù backpack
Maria Lamanna

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1 Comments

  1. aina2014-07-21 12:34:59

    nice



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