A boutique Italian jewellery house has crystallised its dazzling reputation and joined a myriad of iconic brands in the world’s most expensive handbag clique. High end and outlandishly luxurious, FORTEDEMARMI holds its own against a cluster of global fashion empires.
Alessandro and Alena Lotti, co-owners of FORTEDEMARMI said, “As designers we adore high end fashion and have an undying passion for creating pieces than run with the likes of Chanel, Hermes and Marc Jacobs. Of course, our luxurious designs may be on par with the industry’s elite but when it comes to exclusivity, innovation and up-to-the-minute style nothing comes close to a FORTEDEMARMI creation.”
As the world emerges from the midst of the credit crunch consumers are starting to whip out their credit cards and splash a little more cash. In fact, according to the latest statistics from the US Commerce Department American consumer spending rose by 0.6% in November 2014 and a further 0.4% in December. At the top of many people’s priority lists is treating themselves to luxury items. Versatile yet utterly opulent, high end handbags are a definitive favourite.
So which ultra-luxurious handbags made it onto this year’s list? Inspired by tales of romance and fantasy Mouawad’s 1001 Nights Diamond Purse sets buyers back a cool US$3.8 million. It’s held the crown of the most expensive handbag on the planet since 2011 and with its 18kt gold body encrusted with no less than 4,517 diamonds it’s not likely to be dethroned any time soon.
Snapping up second place is Ginza Tanaka’s diamond encrusted Hermes Birkin Bag. Fashioned with gleaming platinum the bag comes with a price tag of US$1.9 million. Of course, a countdown of the world’s most expensive bags wouldn’t be complete without a nod to the legendary Ms Coco Chanel. She may no longer be fronting her French fashion empire but her legacy lives on in the oh so elegant Diamonds Forever Handbag. Parisian chic doesn’t come cheap though as this stunner sets buyers back US$261,000.
For ladies that love to flaunt a bold yet beautiful look the Marc Jacobs Carolyn Crocodile Handbag is guaranteed to get heads turning. The quilted purple crocodile skin tote is the embodiment of contemporary cool and comes with a US$30,000 price tag to match.
While the list is largely made up of established global brands the appearance of boutique Italian jewellery house FORTEDEMARMI is a breath of fresh air. Crafted with crocodile skin, python leather and a dusting of dazzling diamonds and gemstones, the brand’s bespoke clutches are the epitome of high end haute couture. As well as off the shelf creations FORTEDEMARMI offers clients the option of creating their very own statement clutch using a handpicked colour palette. This can also be teamed with a bespoke collection of matching jewellery to achieve streamlined style from head to toe.
The FORTEDEMARMI jewelled clutch, with an 18K gold clasp in alligator skin or python skin is a perfect example of the brand’s commitment to sublime luxury. The 1R DIAMANTE JUNO clutch is fully made of 18K gold and dazzles with more than 3 carats of flawless champagne diamonds and 2.2 carat ruby, Priced at US$285,000 the jewelled clutch can be paired with an exquisite accessories set comprising of bracelet, ring, earrings and pendant in matching gold, exotic leather and gemstones.