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Roberta di Camerino Vintage Bags – Elite Style - $700 (Woodstock NY)

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condition: like new
make / manufacturer: Roberta di Camerino
DESCRIPTION velvet BAGONGHI bag - Luxurious velvet bag with geometric patterns and medical-style
c. 1960's, flocked velvet with gold metal hardware and handle, interior stamped "Made in Italy by Roberta di Camerino, red leather lined with small change purse,

The bag is from the 1960s. Upholstered in ciselé velvet with geometric patterns in green and fuchsia. Security clasp with twist lock and gold metal tab. Inside we find a red leather lining with a small coin purse inside. Spacious interior with pockets and two side pockets with signature stamp. Simply glamorous golden metal handle lends elegance and prestige. We love the texture, pattern and size of this perfectly sized bag,

Style: mid century (In the Style Of)
Place of Origin: Italy
Period: 1960-1969
CONDITION
Good, some wear and surface scratches to metal, interior clean, minor wear to velvet flawless
The story of Roberta di Camerino

Roberta di Camerino has been created by Giuliana Coen (1921-2010). The label is a combination of Roberta taken from her favorite song “Smoke gets in your Eyes” and Camerino her husband’s surname.

Over the last fifty years, Roberta di Camerino handbags have played a leading role in the world of fashion. The bags themselves evoke stories, charachters and emotion.

Roberta di Camerino were carried by celebrities such as Grace Kelly, Farrah Fawcett, and Elizabeth Taylor.

With handbags renowned for their innovativeness: in 1946, she made a bag patterned with a trellis of R’s, foreshadowing Gucci’s G’s; in 1957 she made woven leather bags before Bottega Veneta did, and in 1964, she made a handbag with an articulated frame that was later reproduced by Prada. Although being copied upset her Coco Chanel reassured her, telling her not to cry about being copied, but to ‘cry the day they don’t copy you.’

In 1956, Giuliana Coen received the prestigious Neiman Marcus “Oscar of Fashion” Award. Although the different international awards she won, it was thanks to the Compasso d’oro award in 1979 that she entered the realms of those creators who have known how to revolutionize and improve the quality of objects.

Giuliana Cohen Camerino (1920 – 2010) was an Italian fashion designer who founded the Roberta di Camerino fashion house in Venice in 1945, the only major Italian fashion brand to be based in the historic seafaring and trading city. The label is principally known for its velvet handbags, though it has also produced womenswear and shoes. Her cut-velvet bags featured brass hardware made by Venetian craftsmen, and were carried by celebrities such as Grace Kelly, Farrah Fawcett, and Elizabeth Taylor. Roberta di Camerino was a woman who changed her destiny through her passions, a genius, who was capable to develop a great business from a hand-made bag and an artist, whose friends were Salvador Dalì, Giorgio de Chirico, Andy Warhol, Christian Dior and Coco Chanel.

Camerino won a Neiman Marcus Fashion Award in 1956 in recognition of the success and influence of her handbags.

Measures approximately 11 inches wide, 7.5 inches tall, and 3.75 inches deep. Handle height 4 inches.

Leather strap, bands, and interior. One zipper silky/satin lined compartment with the iconic brass “R” that dangles from the zipper pull. Another small compartment with the gold lettering on the outside that reads: “Robert di Camerino – Made in Italy”.

Mid to late 20th century with velvet, leather, and brass hardware.

Roberta di Camerino second hand bags are more than mere accessories; they are heirlooms, tales of bygone eras, and love letters to fashion. As I run my fingers over the plush velvet or the finely stitched gondola leather, a sense of nostalgia envelopes me. Each of these bags tells a story, and it is this legacy that makes Roberta di Camerino vintage bags an undying obsession for many, including me.

Founded in Venice, the brand encapsulates the essence of its origin city. Venice, with its rich history, iconic gondolas, and mesmerizing waterways, is no stranger to luxury and opulence. Roberta di Camerino bags, named after the founder’s pseudonym, became the symbol of this luxury. The intricate details, the exclusive materials like Roberto di Camerino velvet, and the innovative designs quickly made them stand out in a world where fashion was evolving rapidly.

When I first stumbled upon a Roberta di Camerino second-hand bag in a quaint shop in Venice, the weight of its history pressed against my palm. The bag, crafted with impeccable Roberto di Camerino gondola leather, whispered tales of soirées, of women who wore pearls and gloves, and of timeless beauty. Every crease, every line on it, seemed to have been etched by time itself.

Up until this moment, I had never heard of the artist of Venice handbags, Giuliana Camerino. The Italian fashion house was created after the war, in 1945. I knew at this moment that Giuliana was asking me to continue her passion and love for her gondola bags. To uphold and bring back to the public eye her legacy for #madeinitaly. Her respect for and pioneering legacy for artisans who built gondolas.

What Makes Roberta di Camerino Rare?
What makes Roberta di Camerino vintage bags even more fascinating is the confluence of the people who wore them. Hollywood’s creme de la creme and iconic figures of history were fans. The bags have brushed past the silky dresses of Grace Kelly and have been clasped by the poised fingers of Jackie Kennedy. Roberto di Camerino Grace Kelly association itself speaks volumes of the brand’s elite clientele and the high regard in which these bags were held.

Grace, with her regal air, carried the bag as if it was an extension of her, while Jackie, the epitome of American sophistication, showcased the versatility of Roberta di Camerino bags. To think that one could own something that was once in the presence of such icons is thrilling. And, it’s not just about their star-studded clientele; it’s also about the genuine passion and innovation with which these bags were crafted.

Velvet Handbags Loved By Grace Kelly
The signature Roberto di Camerino velvet bags, in their rich hues of reds, greens, and blues, became the trendsetters of their time. These bags, with their unmistakable patterns, became synonymous with opulence. Velvet, though soft to touch, is robust and ageless, much like the women who adored these bags.

Buying a Roberta di Camerino second-hand bag is not just a purchase; it’s an experience. It’s a connection to the golden era of fashion. It’s a salute to the artisans of Venice who, with nimble fingers and ardent passion, brought to life a design that would be cherished for generations. It’s also a commitment to sustainability. In an era where fast fashion often overshadows quality, opting for vintage is both an ecological and stylish choice.

However, one must tread with caution. The market, unfortunately, is riddled with counterfeits. The popularity of these bags has given rise to many that imitate but can never replicate the essence of a true Roberta di Camerino. It’s essential to ensure authenticity, to touch, feel, and breathe in the essence of the genuine Roberto di Camerino Venice legacy.

In conclusion, Roberta di Camerino vintage bags are not just fashion statements; they are a rhapsody of history, artistry, and elegance. These bags encapsulate the golden era, echoing the allure of the stars who once held them and the skilled artisans who crafted them. To own a Roberta di Camerino second-hand bag is to carry with you a piece of history, a fragment of timeless beauty, and a symbol of ultimate sophistication. So, here’s to the passion, the history, and the undying charm of Roberta di Camerino bags, my wardrobe has three of these legacies.

Roberta di Camerino is actually called Giuliana Coen, she was born in Venice in 1920. The name "Roberta di Camerino" comes from the combination of "Roberta", the name of Giuliana's daughter, and "Camerino", her husband's surname.

Of Jewish origin, in the years of the Second World War, Giuliana was forced to leave Venice together with her family to escape persecution due to the fascist racial laws. She found shelter in Switzerland and, precisely in that period, she designed what would become her most famous piece: the Bagonghi, the legendary velvet bag with compartments, Grace Kelly's faithful companion.

ROBERTA DI CAMERINO AND VENETIAN CRAFTSMANSHIP

Back in Italy, immediately after the war, Giuliana Coen founded her high fashion brand in a small Venetian alley. As she would later remember in an interview, "I didn't want to be just another lady playing cards, so I decided to make bags instead. I chose a different fabric to the ones usually used for bags, velvlet, because it represents Venice. The bag, in my opinion, must be an object of pleasure: there was relly no room for the black bag. Even then I loved colors a lot, hence the red green and blue protagonists, inspired by Titian's paintings."

The Roberta di Camerino brand quickly acquired international recognition, not only through the production of accessories such as handbags and belts (the brand's original logo is represented by a woven belt), but also through dresses, especially suits, with colorful prints and trompe-l'œil motifs.

In 1956 she was awarded with the fashion Oscar, the Neiman Marcus Award, while in 1963 she presented her clothes for the first time in the Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti, in Florence.

For the creation of her garments, Giuliana relied on the Venetian tradition of craftsmanship, mixing it with a neo-baroque style considered today her distinctive feature. The "Soprarizzo" velvets, traditionally woven in the dark on ancient looms and until then used only for ecclesiastical furnishings and clothing, were declined in new colors and used by Giuliana for her bags, while the closures and studs were created by the craftsmen who produced brass ornaments for gondolas.

ROBERTA DI CAMERINO BAGS ,FROM GRACE KELLY TO MADONNA
Among Roberta di Camerino's devoted admirers were Grace Kelly, Elsa Maxwell, Princess Paola of Liege, Liz Taylor, Gina Lollobrigida, Isabella Rossellini, Farrah Fawcett and Madonna, photographed on more than one occasion with her famous Caravel bag on her ar

Giuliana Coen died in 2010, but the story of Roberta di Camerino continues: her haute couture garments, authentic relics of the Made in Italy sartorial tradition, and her historic bags, continue to populate the best i vintage boutiques worldwide, dressing celebrities and style icons.


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