- Jun 18, 2008
Recently I went to TJ Maxx and Marshalls (my two favorite stores) I keep noticing something. Just a bag says "made in Italy" does it really mean it's worth more than $100? Most of these so-called "Italian" bags are from designers who I've never even heard of. Yet they are priced much higher than the more popular Dooney and Bourks, Michael Kohls, and Coach bags just because it says "Made in Italy". I took note of several "Italian Brands" they had (Claudia Fierenze, Christina Fierenze, Arcadia, Puntores (Made in Spain). I have never even heard of these designers and some of the bags like Christina Fierenze. One bag I saw in Marshalls was by a company called Vincenza. It said "Made in Italy" and it was made of leather. However they craftsmenship of the bag was not something that would be expected in an "Italian" bag: Stitching was frayed and crooked etc. And yet Marshalls was still charging $170 for it. *ahem* no thanks. The Liz Claiborne leather bag which was $59 looked much better than the "Italian" bag for $170.