The handbag designed by Da Vinci (video)

True craftsmanship seems to be in short supply these days – let alone the kind of products that marry craftsmanship with the romance of a historical backstory. Gherardini’s ‘La Pretiosa’ has both, being immaculately hand-crafted and reproduced from a 15th century sketch by none other than Leonardo Da Vinci.

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“(The bag is) based on a drawing that genius Leonardo da Vinci drew at the end of the 15th century (according to a philological analysis carried out five centuries later by the Leonardo Da Vinci Ideal Museum). Today, Gherardini has reinterpreted Leonardo’s talent with a creation that weds highly skilled craftsmanship and modern esthetics.”

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Leonardo Da Vinci’s sketch

The video below attests to the work involved – and quality output – of the final product, which is impressively worked together from embroidered calfskin and braided leather, and an ornamental chiseled brass handle.


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