Craft / September 2019

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Serapian’s latest Autumn/Winter 2019 collection epitomises authentic Italian craftsmanship, with luxurious leather goods built to last.

Founded in 1928 in Milan by Stefano Serapian (the historical Bespoke Atelier is still on Via Jommelli today), Serapian is the bag of choice for those who have done their research; who prefer a product that sits between fashion accessory and genuine example of Italian craftsmanship. 

The label’s latest arrivals on The Rake are a blend of influences and luxurious leathers, which sit under the following styles: Evoluzione, Mosaico, Stepan, and Cachemire. The diversity is a real showcase for the creative minds behind the brand, who have produced a bag (or accessory) for any occasion. 

Take the Cachemire range, made from naturally tumbled calfskin as smooth as the finest cashmere. This line is the subtler and more luxurious end of Serapian’s spectrum. The gorgeously understated Cachemire briefcase - which includes two smartphone pockets, a pen holder, laptop sleeve, and is lined with palladium-finished hardware - must be this season’s definitive briefcase; a truly classy, but durable, piece of kit that doesn’t scream out for attention (but gets it, anyway). 

Mosaico, on the other hand, is inspired by the Italian la dolce vita, with the weave dating back to 1947. We particularly like the black, cream, and cognac pouch; perfect in our modern world for neatly organising your phone, wires, and other essentials. If that doesn’t quite do it, you can express your personal taste through the black leather travel bag; evocative of those used by Steve McQueen to carry his belongings at Le Mans. 

Evoluzione by name, evolution by nature: this range is more modern in style than Mosaico. With sleek edges, contemporary shapes, and a lack of branding, it is our pick for those seeking a more casual vibe. Each piece is lined in microfibre and with gunmetal-finished hardware; best appreciated in Serapian’s gorgeously clean range of backpacks. 

Characterised by Stepan spread cotton and a durable waterproof outer, these are more technical, sturdy products - suited to the type of person who needs to protect his laptop, camera, and other valuables on the go. We’re big fans of the no-nonsense cabin trolley (with matching washbag), designed with all the mod-cons: from TSA locks to front zipped pockets, not only making you look good, but keeping your items in good shape, too. 

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