Why Does This Bag Cost $1,550?
By Eileen Conlan
Photo Credit: Jeff Harris
Salvatore Ferragamo is brilliant at disguising comfort within luxe packages. The legacy lives on with the deceptively simple, softly gathered Eleanora shoulder bag. It took us one hour and seven razor blades to pry it apart. Somewhere, an Italian craftsman is crying.
Calfskin and pigments are spun in wooden barrels, then sponge-pressed.
A hand-guided sewing machine effects the Celtic-style geometric stitching.
A chrome-and-salt treatment gives the leather its pebbled texture.
An original serial number ensures authenticity.
To test durability, it's loaded with weights and subjected to high humidity and extreme light.
Soft calfskin-covered rope makes for an easy-carry handle.
Signature brass gancino (Italian for "metal hook") displays the logo.
Thick calfskin cutouts are secured with brass studs.
WHAT A MESH
Thin polypropylene is stitched to the pattern.
Brass zippers are cradled by dyed cotton.
The lining is a 65 percent polyester/35 percent cotton blend.