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 Responses

  1. prag says:

    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…

  2. dawnrose says:

    I love when a new store opens in town. I went in there on Sunday. There was no one around. I wasn’t even sure they were open yet. They have nice things. I wish them luck instead of doom.

  3. hoboken411 says:

    The owner Mario is extremely friendly and accommodating. While I was in there yesterday evening (for about 10 minutes) – at least 5 girls walked in all excited about this store. He told me in his first week so far, he’s sold quite a few bags already. He said that the girls said to him “you got to be kidding… that’s IT?” when told how much the bags were.

    Maybe I’m a bit unaware of how much these kinds of bags can cost – but he seems to have a winner here.

  4. mooshu says:

    [quote comment=”122472″]The owner Mario is extremely friendly and accommodating. While I was in there yesterday evening (for about 10 minutes)… quote]

    Just ten minutes? :mrgreen:

  5. mooshu says:

    [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:

  6. prag says:

    [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!

  7. MF says:

    Prag: “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… ”

    not everyone was fiscally irresponsible in the housing market bust and/or didn’t work for one of these corrupt investment houses, so there are plenty of people who have money to spend – and, in some instances, there are incredible buying opportunites out there. i personally think spending $600 on an accessory is not the absolute best investment of cash, but it may be influenced by my status as a male. to each their own, however. i think it’s good to have high quality stores in town rather than the bland nail salons and real estate storefronts and depressing junk shops like the cheap sleep and cheap shoe stores.

  8. prag says:

    MF,

    I too would vastly prefer a bunch of nice stores instead of another bank, real estate broker, nail salon, sushi joint or whatever. I viewed it as a rather niche business and wondered if there was enough demand for expensive (although that is clearly relative) handbags. I have since learned that high-end handbags are not a niche business. They appeal to just over half the population for whom they are a necessity. If I was more ‘metro’ I probably would have realized this. I stand corrected.

  9. mooshu says:

    [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. 😆

  10. elainetyger says:

    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.

  11. Tama Murden says:

    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.

  12. little boots says:

    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.

  13. mooshu says:

    [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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