The perfection of the unforeseeable
"All colours are beautiful and look good together, because - if, for some reason, two seem to jar when placed next to each other - all one needs to do is to add a third and harmony is created. "
Over the last fifty years, Roberta di Camerino handbags have played a leading role in the world of fashion. The bags themselves evoke stories, characters and emotion. The legendary Bagonghi bag, photographed in 1956 on the arm of Grace Kelly, toured the world with her. Other devote admirers include the likes of Elsa Maxwell, Princess Paola of Liegi, Liz Taylor, Gina Lollobrigida, Isabella Rossellini and Farrah Fawcett. Not forgetting the Caravel bag - carried on the arm of Madonna on more than one occasion.
The story of Roberta di Camerino, one of the great Italian fashion empires, begins with Giuliana Coen, the brand's innovative founder. The label's name was born by combining the name Roberta, taken from her favourite song "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and Camerino, her husband's surname.
Giuliana relied the extraordinary craftsmanship synonymous with Venice to create one of the region's only major brands. This craftmanship was mixed with the Neo-baroque style that would become her famous hallmark feature. "Soprarizzo" velvets woven in the dark on antique looms, until Roberta di Camerino were only used for furnishings and ecclesiastic robes. For the first time they were decoded in new colours on her creations. The claps and studs found on her bags were created by the craftsmen of brass ornaments for gondolas. These unique objects caused nothing like them had ever been created before. Roberta di Camerino's handbags proved to be a revolution, totally unlike anything made until that time.