The Italians have invaded Toronto. This time, though, it’s not a wave of immigrants but leather goods manufacturer Piquadro, which has opened its first North American shop on Bay Street. Luggage takes centre stage, but Piquadro also specializes in the production of leather items including purses, messenger bags, small accessories, planners, portfolios, and, these days, the requisite iPad and iPhone cases. With buttery soft leather cured to the sublime (and treated to highlight its texture), Piquadro bridges noble leather with modern functionality and forms. The essence of Italian handicraft workmanship is evident in the product range, which includes both ongoing and seasonal lines as well as a collection of men’s and women’s outerwear.
February 27, 2012