Since every bag at Anthony Luciano is a custom creation, every bag has a story. Before this was a bag, it was a coat.
The thrill of shopping and purchasing is short lived. But the process of dreaming, creating and receiving has a much longer shelf life. At Anthony Luciano we are more than happy to keep our old world roots right where they are with face to face customer engagement. Everyone spends more time than they should on a screen so the creative process does not take place on a website. Customers call or come into the studio to talk to Anthony about their dream bag. Once an idea has been settled on, a hand drawn sketch is provided. It’s the true definition of the “personal touch”.
We, like our customers, are nostalgic if nothing else. We cherish authentic artisan craftsmanship and especially the quality of products that were made to last. This is ever more important to us in a world of gross consumer fast fashion. We like to joke that we are Slow Fashion and extremely proud of that. We are creating functional pieces and heirlooms at the same time. Because we don’t ascribe to trends and fads, our bags never go out of style. Because our products are so well made, you will have it for a lifetime and someone else’s lifetime too.
Tina's story starts about 50 years ago when her husband's grandmother, Grandma Jo Singer, received a cognac mink coat from Titches Department Store in Dallas. It was a gift from her husband, Bob Singer who owned International Harvester dealerships in Texas and Missouri. He made sure Jo had anything and everything she wanted. They entertained frequently and were members of the local country club for decades. They loved to travel in the US and Mexico as Bob had his own plane. It was a winter coat but more importantly it was for special occasions. When it was passed down to Tina, even though it did not fit, it was too special of a family heirloom to let sit in the closet.
Already owning several Anthony Luciano pieces, Tina told us she was in Anthony's shop and fell in love with the Lynx Madison satchel when she remembered she had her own mink which she couldn't wear. She has had many friends turn minks into vests and never wear them. It seemed as though a bag would actually be used...and it does!
When asked about how she and Anthony came to a decision on a design she told us, "Anthony knows my likes and dislikes, so he picked the Grace silhouette for me and used ostrich details which I have used on previous designs. Since there was material remaining, he also made a bag for my mom. She is in Buffalo and is always looking for that perfect crossbody bag so she can do things hands free. I thought she needed something different from all of her friends' Her bag is perfect, small enough yet big enough. She is happy the outside pocket easily holds her iPhone Plus and her car keys for easy access. The inside is big enough to carry her wallet, Dad's wallet, glasses, etc. She cannot wait to schedule lunch with her friends."
As for Tina, her mink hobo will accompany her anywhere she carries a bag and that includes the grocery store! This is what Anthony would call #yourownpersonalrebellion - wear mink to do your grocery shopping! She is an unabashed jeans and boots kind of girl, and her one weakness is great Anthony Luciano handbag. On her up cycled heirloom Tina remarked, "I look at this fur as a piece of history. It would be silly not to repurpose something that was a gift given out of love by an adoring husband. It lets me keep Gr Jo alive."