A Texan living in Bologna, Allison Hoeltzel brought her fascination of saddlery and vintage motorcycles to create a line of handbags at the highest standard of Italian craftsmanship.
Founded in the spring of 2014, Officina del Poggio drew its name from its origin – a workshop in the hills.
The hills of Bologna became home for Allison as she established her career in development and product management, building the accessories lines for international brands such as Stuart Weitzman and Alfred Dunhill. Drawing from her depth of experience, Allison sought to capture a sense of timelessness in design and quality – the foundation for Officina del Poggio and the ever evolving collections she creates.
As an expression of luxury fitted to the lifestyle of the modern woman, the handbags are centered on practicality and relaxed elegance. Thoughtfully executed through traditional handcrafted techniques, the use of grain leather and tanned vacchetta allows each handbag to age beautifully over time and express its own individual story and adventure. Each season new colors and materials are introduced, in limited production runs, adding to the uniqueness of each piece.
The collection is designed, developed, and manufactured in Italy. The artisans, both young and old, are passionate about their craft and are an integral part of the team.