Kayu’s Elena, a woven wicker bag with leather magnetic flap, is available in natural and white, $205.
The spring/summer collection now hitting the shelves at Luisa Spagnoli exudes an easy elegance, channeling the aura of the Mediterranean Sea. Broderie anglaise, florals and soft silhouettes encapsulate gypset style, while nautically inspired pieces—featuring stripes, as well as shades of red and navy—maintain the Italian luxury label’s crisp, polished aesthetic. Evening options in subdued and vibrant hues, such as platinum and teal, boast romantic touches like satin ribbons and bows. The latest range also includes accessories that are as suited for getaways as they are for every day: rope and raffia sacks, mini-bags in braided leather, straw hats and stone necklaces.
Nearly a year after opening, the Luisa Spagnoli outpost at Stanford Shopping Center remains its U.S. flagship. The company’s late namesake started the women’s apparel line, along with Perugina chocolates. Roughly 90 years after its formation, Luisa Spagnoli remains a family business, headquartered in Perugia, Italy. Fittingly, it was mother and daughter Irene Oykhman and Julia Schloss who brought the brand stateside, to Palo Alto, last May. According to Schloss, the designs “offer great quality of material, expert fit and contemporary high style at a price point that is approachable to the professional woman.” Perhaps the ultimate testament to Luisa Spagnoli’s quality and styling? Kate Middleton has been spotted in its red peplum jacket and pencil skirt combination on multiple occasions. (Psst...in May, look for Luisa Spagnoli to headline the fashion show at the Silicon Valley Italian Festival.)
Originally published in the March/April issue of Silicon Valley