The following is a blog post was kindly contributed by Chantal Boyajian!
As much as I love shopping, (I mean, how many of us don’t?!) over the years I have grown to increasingly appreciate quality vs quantity when it comes to purchasing items for my wardrobe.
Having worked several years as a stylist, it has been my responsibility to find good, interesting and fitting pieces for clients and editorial shoots, each project being of a completely different concept, but each equally fun.
Following each project, my interest in accessories grew and grew. I always knew I wanted to own my own business one day, so I decided to take this passion and develop my business using this idea as the platform. With this notion, I launched Boyajian Trend Gallery last year, an online boutique housing unique collections I curate from independent designers around the world.
I love to think of clothes as blank canvases.
I will wear the same clothes over and over and just change it up through wearing varying accessories. You can transform the same look in to many ways purely with accessories, be it your handbag, jewelry, scarves, shoes, a hat, whatever your preference may be.
I always recommend you invest in quality pieces when it comes to accessories, jewelry and purses especially. I personally won’t shop frequently, but when I do, I love to find cool, unique items that I can carry through for years to come. I want my pieces to last, so I’ll spend a little more with the peace of mind that they’re not going to fall apart after a few uses.
At Boyajian I house a variety of jewelry collections, each with a different story and style. Included also is a collection of luxury, Italian purses and travel bags for women from a brand I first came across and connected with back in 2013, Toscannia. It was love at first sight.
The designs are both practical and classic. I’m a huge advocate for being comfortable in what you wear. There is a common misconception that comfort and style don’t go hand in hand, but this is entirely false.
One of many reasons this particular brand caught my eye was the timelessness of the designs. A good, Italian leather purse that can be carried from season to season without going out of style is a great investment.
Italy is renowned for its leathers.
The leather industry is the second most important source of revenue for the country.
The art of handmade leather accessories is a long time tradition specifically for the region of Tuscany, famous for their artisanal crafts and products. The quality of their renowned leather dates back to medieval times.
Toscannia takes pride in having all their handbags professionally handmade by talented artisans in the scenic Tuscany.
A large portion of internationally renowned brands including Gucci, Armani, Ferragamo and Prada have roots in Tuscany, as well as many of their leather accessories made there today.
Italian leather is not cheap. This is due to its impeccable quality, design and craftsmanship involved in the process of making such accessories.
Many imitations are made and available around the world for much lower costs, but you really do get what you pay for, and these are not to the high standards of leather goods that come out of Italy.
Maintaining respect for the Tuscan tradition, the treatment of the best leathers, the handmade process of each handbag in addition to the attention to every detail, are a few of the standard practices that the Toscannia brand adheres to, and that distinguishes them from many others around the world today.
Owning a good purse does come with its responsibilities too. Each of the Toscannia purses, as is the case with many handbag brands today, comes with a high quality strong cloth case, which is recommended to use to keep your purse inside of in order to maintain it and keep it as immaculate as the first day you received it.
About the Author: Chantal studied Fashion Design in England, and after graduating returned to Qatar to work. Her career took a change when she moved to production and advertising, however continued to share her passion by styling for both private clients and editorial shoots. Through this, she developed a keen interest in accessories and the value they bring to an outfit. She developed her personal style around the fact that accessories can be used to transform a look in many ways, and so she launched Boyajian Trend Gallery, an online boutique housing curated jewelry & purse collections from independent designers she finds around the world.
In addition to growing Boyajian Trend Gallery, Chantal also blogs about all things style and places she visits in her new home city of Los Angeles.
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