Founded in 2014 by Allison Hoeltzel Savini, Officina del Poggio is a collection of expertly-crafted handbags and leather accessories. With a classic design aesthetic inspired by vintage utilitarian shapes, the label sources the finest materials and works directly with skilled artisans in Tuscany to create timeless and unique pieces. The iconic styles feature Italian vegetable-tanned leather and fabrics from Italy's top mills.
Allison Hoeltzel Savini grew up on the coast of South Texas, studying art and music throughout her childhood and attending Butler University to study classical piano, 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 a love 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, Sonia Rykiel, and Alfred Dunhill.
In the spring of 2014 she founded her own accessories line, inspired by her fascination of saddlery, vintage cars, motorcycles, and classic utilitarian bags, working with her trusted network of artisans to create leather goods at the highest standard of Italian craftsmanship.
Thus "Officina del Poggio" was born: "officina" means workshop, and "poggio" translates to hills. It is exactly this "workshop in the hills" surrounding Bologna that 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.