We've all heard the saying "it takes a village," but what about "let's wear a village." Sounds weird but that is the description of this handbag by a group of artisans from New York City who in the 1980's went under the name "Mille Fiori." They individually crafted bags and accessories that were very abstract, stylized, colorful and unusual. Their bags were often hand painted or a conglomeration of mixed textures, They were sold in high end department stores and luxury boutiques. They are still sought after by collectors. This particular bag is huge. It is rounded with a fold over flap. It appears to be leather with a pressed alligator pattern. It is very shiny with a patent leather like finish. The color is an off white. There is lacing sewn around the edge of the bag. It is the fold over flap that is the focal point of the bag. It has a stylized design of a village done in a variety of leathers and colors. The houses are a bright yellow or white with red roofs and black windows. All of those parts are individually sewn on like a collage. There are purple mountains in the background as well as a blue sky and green foliage. A crescent moon is in the sky. The village is primitive, simple and yet wonderful to look at. The bag closes with a snap mechanism. There is a long carry strap made of the same white pressed leather. It has a drop of 22". The inside is a raw hide and there is an open slip pocket. There is a leather label indicating "Mille Fiore." The inside is essentially clean with some signs of usage and age. The measurements are 13 3/4"w x 10 1/2"w x 2 3/4"d. The bag is in very good condition. It has been used but there aren't any significant problems, just normal wear and age. This is a wearable "work of art", a wearable village. It is sure to be noticed and is quite an attention getter. Makes you want to take a trip to this peaceful village........ Condition: Very Good VINTAGE Condition
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