LIKE MOST COOL CHICKS, SHE’S ARTY
“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).”
HER CLIENTELE: THE CHIC YET FUN GIRL
“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.”
SHE’S BIG ON DETAILS AND CRAFTSMANSHIP
“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.”
FOR FALL, SHE GOES ’60S
“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.