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The Designer

Allison Hoeltzel Savini grew up on the coast of South Texas, studying art and music throughout her childhood and attending Butler University on a music scholarship, then attaining a Master in Arts and an MBA at Southern Methodist University, which brought her to Bologna for an internship at the Opera House.  Always with an eye for fashion, it was in Italy that she transformed this passion into a career, developing and managing product lines for international brands such as Stuart Weitzman and Alfred Dunhill.

In the spring of 2014 she founded her own accessories line, inspired by her fascination of saddlery, vintage cars and motorcycles, and classic utilitarian bags, working with her trusted network of artisans to create leather goods at the highest standard of Italian craftsmanship.

Officina del Poggio drew its name from its origin:  "officina" means workshop, and "poggio" translates to hills.  It is exactly this "workshop in the hills"  surrounding Bologna that also is home for Allison. Drawing from her depth of experience, Allison sought to capture a sense of timelessness in design and quality, the foundation for ODP and the ever-evolving collections she creates.

 

 

 

 

 

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Made in Italy

All Officina del Poggio bags are designed, developed, and manufactured in Italy.  

Chosen for its natural finish and eco-friendly vegetable-tanning process, the main collection is crafted from Italian vacchetta leather which develops a beautiful patina as it ages over time. The choice of leathers is the core of the whole collection – hard-wearing and strong, yet illuminated by a colour palette of sophisticated and whispered tones.

The collection is composed of iconic styles, inspired by vintage binocular cases and motorcycle bags. Each season new colours and materials are introduced, in limited production runs, adding to the uniqueness of each piece.

The signature Safari bags are individually handcrafted using a special artisan technique, the same method in which hard-shell luggage was once created, where a wooden form is carefully covered with leather.

The artisans, both young and old, are passionate about their craft and are an integral part of the team.