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Showing off her Lady Me minaudiere with sister Gio (on left)


“I come from an artistic family. My father was a painter, my mother is a sculptor, my older brother runs a gallery, and my younger brother is a set designer. (Her older sister is street-style icon/W magazine’s contributing fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia.) Since childhood, I’ve been surrounded by all this creative talent, so the creative streak runs naturally in me. I studied at Milan’s Brera fine arts academy, then worked at Italian accessories label Corto Moltedo for five years – an opportunity that taught me all the necessary steps in bag making. Only after, in 2009, did I establish my label (it debuts here at On Pedder this season).”

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Her Instagram posts (@sara_battaglia) reflect her quirky aesthetic


“The Sara Battaglia woman is someone who wants to be unique and cool, yet elegant. (This is why I’ve made) fringing my signature style – it creates movement while lending a feminine touch. My approach to fringing is also not stereotypical. For example, I invented the fringed shoulder strap and, in turn, made the Western cowboy look glamorous. Similarly, the Lady Me minaudiere (a bestseller with a bow-shaped framed closure) came about because I wanted to create something sophisticated yet original.
I love to play with colours, shapes and hardware… I want to put fun and creativity into my bags.”

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Jasmine bucket bag, $1,700


“It’s not unusual to find four or five different colours on one bag, or a mix of hard and soft leathers. All my designs are handmade in Italy, and my materials come from a factory near Milan. I have a long, personal relationship with my suppliers, and their quality is very high. I also love working with brass because it looks more luxurious than other metals and is malleable, giving me the freedom to be inventive.”

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Amber top-handle bag, $1,900


“My inspirations were French industrialist architect Jean Prouve and the Space Age-influenced label Courreges, which means that the lines, colours and materials are highly tactile yet functional. The Carol, for example, is a new shoulder bag with three compartments – each in a different shade or pattern – while the flap is rimmed in chain piping. The Amber is a satchel in pebbled leather with fringing covering the body of the bag to lend softness. Also new: the Candice tote with fringing down the front, and the Mini Cute, a micro version of my best-selling Teresa shoulder bag. It can be used on its own, or fits easily into a bigger bag.” Available now at On Pedder (#02-12 Takashimaya D.S.) and Pedder On Scotts (Level 2 Scotts Square).

Photographs Courtesy of Sara Battaglia and Rex

An adapted version first appeared in Female’s October issue.


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