Viola Vita – Italian Handbags

12/10/2008:

Taking the place of the old Parlor Shoes location at 1224 Washington Street is Viola Vita.

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High-end Italian Handbags

Typically, if a girl asks me “do you like by new bag?” My answer is usually honest. Either “Sure, I guess,” (good) or “That is a monstrosity. Blech!” (ugly).

However when it comes to high-end luxury handbags, I guess any person (myself included) can tell the difference between crappy knockoffs – and a well-constructed product. Mario, who owns Viola Vita – and also runs a similar store in Florence, Italy – has some very unique products you won’t be seeing anywhere else.

He said he designs and manufactures the bags in Italy, and no two bags are identical (except maybe style, but not color). When I asked how much these things cost – the prices ranged from a low of about $275 all the way up to over $600. Now I make a big deal out of moderate purchases (like the laptop I was having issues with last week) so I thought “for a bag? Don’t women have like a closet full of bags?”

Apparently, this type of product is high up on a woman’s “shopping priorities,” and they don’t take this type of shopping situation lightly. Mario said that bags of similar construction and style in the city could easily cost double – and the ladies that have already visited his store are astonished at the good value these bags are. So I guess that sounds good to me!

Also available at Viola Vita are some miscellaneous accessories – and a rack of coats which felt nicely made.

He’s open 7 days a week from 12-8 (except Sunday, closed at 5pm).

Go check it out and report your opinions in the comment section. Help educate Hoboken411 about the world of women’s fashion!

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More after the jump…

(Viola Vita Handbags, continued)

Description: Quality high-end uniquely designed Italian Handbags and accessories
Address: 1224 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: 201-222-2674
Email: violavitadesigns@gmail.com

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13 Comments on "Viola Vita – Italian Handbags"


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mooshu
6 years 8 months ago

[quote comment=”122535″]I am far from femme, and 99.99% of the time, I walk around with a backpack or satchel for work or a simple black nylon shoulder bag. However, for the .01% of the time when I might need a dressier bag, I would love almost any one of the bags in these pictures. If you want to turn a woman on, these bags are better than porn.[/quote]

Or chocolate. But as I said, to each her own. 😆

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little boots
6 years 8 months ago

I too don’t own a ton of bags. Two nice leather ones that ill have for years although I use cloth totes purchased from target most of the time. I hate blanket statement like all women waste thousands on handbags.

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6 years 8 months ago

No accounting for taste and pocketbooks (literally & figuratively), but always wish an independent business with quality goods the best of luck.

Tough time to start an accessories business—even if some folks still seem flush. They do seem to be in the minority for retail now.

And as some of the comments above reflect, not all women lust after renewing the handbag stash to stay “fashion-forward.” A well-designed, well-made, classically-styled bag has always worked for some of us—& with good care, (regular cleaning/conditioning—gotta love Lexol), it can last for years w/out looking beat or dated.

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elainetyger
6 years 8 months ago

I am far from femme, and 99.99% of the time, I walk around with a backpack or satchel for work or a simple black nylon shoulder bag. However, for the .01% of the time when I might need a dressier bag, I would love almost any one of the bags in these pictures. If you want to turn a woman on, these bags are better than porn.

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mooshu
6 years 8 months ago

[quote comment=”122494″][quote comment=”122476″][quote comment=”122468″]Uh, do we really need an high-end purse store, especially now? What, are they going to sell one or two a week? Doomed watch…[/quote]

Never underestimate women and their handbags. :mrgreen:[/quote]

I suppose Mario understands women better than me. I wish him the best of luck and promise not to question bags and shoes again![/quote]

Aw! Mario understands women who are into countless handbags– not women in general.

To each her own. But frankly, I generally stay the hell away from accessories boutiques, particularly during a sale event. They’re f*ck’n dangerous. And as one of the few women walking around who really doesn’t give a rat’s ass about ownership of a multitude of bags to match every pair of shoes I own, even I don’t underestimate the power of a handbag/shoe-“starved” woman. 😆