|Roberta Di Camerino Vintage Bags|
Roberta di Camerino’s handbags were renowned for their innovativeness. They used richly patterned and coloured fabrics that had formerly been only used for clothing. In 1946, she made a bag patterned with a trellis of R’s, foreshadowing Gucci‘s G’s; in 1957 she made woven leather bags before Bottega Veneta did, and in 1964, she made a handbag with an articulated frame that was later reproduced by Prada. Her designs were widely copied. Although this upset her, Coco Chanel reassured her, telling her not to cry about being copied, but to ‘cry the day they don’t copy you’
Her cut-velvet bags featured brass hardware made by Venetian craftsmen, and were carried by celebrities such as Grace Kelly, Farrah Fawcett, and Elizabeth Taylor Some of her fabrics were woven on antique looms, which helped support local industry in post-war Italy. I have only, this week, come to have heard of Roberta Handbags whilst watching antique’s road show, who says TV doesn’t teach you anything;D.