My passion for quality design and workmanship from Italy started when I was a graduate student at the University of Rome School of Architecture. I was exposed to both the beauty and history of Italy, and the world of architecture and design. During my breaks from school, I traveled to Florence, Milan, and other cities are known for fashion and quality leather craftsmanship. In Rome, many of my fellow students had internships for famous Italian designer firms such as Valentino. Occasionally, I helped my best Italian girlfriend whose mother owned an exclusive women's boutique in a prestigious and fashionable street of Rome "Via Condotti". Being fluent in Italian, I was able to travel throughout Italy and speak directly to designers and manufacturers in the fashion industry.
When I moved to the States, I was affiliated with the country's most exclusive department stores, dealing with high quality fashion handbags, and accessories, many of which were "Made in Italy". I learned what customers were looking for was high quality products and they were willing to pay fortune for "Made in Italy" handbags. I believe luxury is not about high prices, but about quality. However, it was my main goal to enable customers to find the high-quality Italian products for the fraction of that cost.
Our business model is not to bring in famous designer brands that raise the prices to $1500.00 to $3000; rather we emphasize quality and style knowing that sophisticated customers can appreciate the quality of our Italian leather handbags without the need for a traditional quality label or initials. They can see, and feel the quality of fine our Italian leather, and compare them to the purses that sell for five to eight times the price in the high-end department stores.
Giland’s bags are crafted by a group of experienced artisans in Italy. We visit Italy two to three times a year and meet with our Italian leather designers to select each style, color, and model. Each season new materials are introduced in limited production runs, adding to the uniqueness of each piece.