An Eye Toward Eternity

6th November, 2012

My first proper introduction to the Trussardi brand came in the Fall of 2011, during the Spring 2012 ready-to-wear shows in Milan. They were celebrating both their centennial anniversary and the welcoming of a new creative director, Umit Benan, so they’d pulled out all the stops. The show was held in the center courtyard of the Castello Sforzesco, one of Europe’s biggest citadels. The clothes were designed with a modern Annie Hall in mind ~ albeit one with an over-stamped passport and an inclination toward adventure. I was incredibly impressed.Since the line was founded in 1911, Trussardi leather goods have been a symbol of understated sophistication. As they’ve expanded over the years, they’ve earned a parallel reputation for their ready-to-wear, consistently producing clothing and accessory lines marked by strong, sharp tailoring. It’s this fuss-free approach to design that really resonates with me these days.We’ve been talking about things like investment dressing and conscientious living around here lately, as I’ve been thinking more about ideas like legacy and longevity. As I write this post from my parents’ house, where I’m visiting for a few days’ stay, I’m surrounded by photos of my past fashion experiments, including far too many phases I’d like to erase from history. Oh, there were doozies. These days, I find myself inspired by women like my sister, Erin Framel, and my friend Jamie Beck ~ gals who have long adopted a classic approach to dress, one that can be subtly tweaked with the changing seasons and shifts in fashion ~ but without any sort of seismic readjustments. Theirs is a strategy that comes with less risk of future mortification, and I like it.Many of you have told me that bags are one of the main areas where you like to focus your fashion investments, and I think it’s a smart policy. A well-made, elegantly-designed bag is something that can last a lifetime, and even be passed down to the next generation. With that in mind, I think it’s important to look for models made of great leathers with clean lines ~ purses without a lot of bells and whistles. Remember just a few years ago, when the craze for ever-more-elaborate bags was all the rage? Those things were back-breakingly heavy before you’d even put a single thing into them! I for one am thrilled to watch that trend fall by the wayside.Thus, over the next few weeks, I’ll be working with Trussardi to show you why I think their designs are so well-suited to our busy, modern lives ~ as well as continuing to showcase other brands, collections, and styles that I believe are beautifully executed and effortlessly elegant ~ in the hopes that one day, future generations may use the same sort of adjectives to describe both your style and mine.

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  • B.

    I love the classic shape of these bags. Especially they grey snake skin one is stunning

  • Lisa

    Timeless bags should definitely be an investment. An investment doesn’t have to ring in at 4 figures either.

  • Anonymous
  • What an amazing looking bag.

  • Nico

    Timeless bags..sure your daughter and grandaughter will still wear them!

    New post–>

  • Somebody from Somewhere
  • I also invest a lot in bags because I know those are items I will keep a very long time!

  • The Glam Nomad

    Just for fun, will you share some of your fashion experiments from back in the day? You seem to have a good sense of humor and I’ll bet most of us can relate to those cringe-worthy moments of “what was I thinking when I wore that??” I’m thankful my days of pink hair and homemade “couture” took place before digital cameras and social media. If that’s too much to ask, could you share a timeline of how your taste evolved?

    The bags are stunning!

  • Karina Ibelis

    Lovely bags .. I love each one. I think bags are one of the most beautiful complements and important things in an outfit.
    Wonderful post. Love it!
    Karina Ibelis

  • Viviana Alma Falcone Molinelli

    such great bags!!!! xo, Alma

  • I’ve never been one to follow blindly all the trends. Instead, for years, I’ve been trying to define my own feminine and elegant style that I can rely on whenever and wherever. And I agree with you: a great bag is definitely an item on which we shouldn’t skimp. A few years back I invested in a gorgeous red Premier Flirt by Lancel, I’m still deeply in love with it, and I know I will love and have it forever. I’m looking forward to seeing what you and Trussardi will come up with!

    xx Ivana
    Macarons and Pearls

  • le petite plastique

    The fourth bag speaks volumes to me

  • Caity

    I wish I could afford one of those bags. They’re so simple, yet so elegant.

  • Have to say.. Trussardi’s bags surprise me! I grew up watching my mom wearing and carrying Trussardi until the brand slowly died down. I hope this is the beginning of Trussardi’s coming back!

  • This first bag is absolutely amazing!! I love this deep, rich brown color!!
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  • Styleclouds

    Beautiful bags! xo, Christina

  • Jennifer
  • vittoria gallacci

    Italian leather goods are always the best and Trussardi is one of them!


  • Ines

    My Mom wore Trussardi Perfume. Didn’t know they were still around; I have a pair of her gloves by Trussardi – Simple & Elegant – like my Mom.

  • Oh Lord, I fell in love with the one in red, black and orange! Amazing and simple bags!

  • Sammy Casey

    I don’t know what I love more: the bags or the styling of the photos. all so beautiful!

  • A.
  • forefrontfashion

    For over 1700 bucks, they better last a lifetime! 😉

  • Sara

    Dear Kelly, This is now maybe the second or third time I’ve seen you express fear and self-consciousness over your style history, and it makes me incredibly sad. I’ve been following your for a long time and still draw inspiration from your past looks even now. You were so fearless and fun in your maximalist phase, and there’s nothing to be ashamed of in that! When your style started becoming more basic, I was a bit sad to see the old you go, but I also understood that people’s styles evolve over time, and so should yours. But when you keep mentioning your past regrets, it makes it sound as though you’re changing more out of fear than out of an authentic evolution in your style sense. Maybe it’s a little bit of both (which I can understand, we’re all only human), but please stop being so fearful! Maybe it’s hard for me to relate because I’m not an online style star with a self-branded image like you, but ultimately, if awesome people like yourself let fear get to you, then our style blogging revolution will really be over. What I admired about you so much before was your confidence and fearlessness, it gave me courage. I am so much less inspired by your desire to prevent future regrets when looking back on your style. Who cares? It just shows that you’ve lived and learned, evolved, and didn’t remain stagnant. Your overall styling talents are what remain consistent and define who you are.

  • Mediterranean Blick

    Gorgeous bags, totally ladylike!!!!!

  • liliana fonseca
  • Mabel and Zora

    Great bags!!!

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  • Gorgeous bags!!!

  • valvacious

    I really like the grey modern bookends, where are they from?

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