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Barini Leather

Leather Handbags

By Suzanne O'Connor

I’m always looking for new places… bargain hot spots that offer high quality at a substantial discount.  When I find one, I get extremely excited!

Such is the case with Barini Leather in Studio City. If you love high end, quality crafted handbags…. but not the over the top prices, you’ll go nuts here! Amazingly beautiful, meticulously crafted, Italian leather handbags, wallets and briefcases are made here at prices that are 50%-90% below what you’d expect to pay for such quality bags from couture designers.

Owner and craftsman, Gary Barini can make any handbag for you at his wholesale price from Italian tanned calfskin, calf suede, buffalo or lambskin from over 600 leather choices. He can also copy those ultra high-end, “world famous” couture handbag styles, with higher quality craftsmanship at prices that are 10%-20% of their retail value.

I marveled at an amazing leather handbag that Gary made that resembles a Bottega Venetta bag with it’s famous basket weave pattern. Here, his version was $438-$875 in different sizes. Retail would run $1000-$1900. The designer bag would run ya upwards of $9000.

Gary’s version of a world famous style bag, without the “name” hardware or stamp was $810 instead of $2000-$2500. The actual designer bag would run $8000-$12,000. Gary sells his beautifully crafted version directly to the public at his wholesale direct price.

But Gary makes a lot of innovative, fabulous designs of his own that are pretty spectacular. He showed me a large group of his original designs in a clutch/ shoulder bag.  Here they’re $450 instead of $1000-$1200.  I pined for a slouchy leather bag with side zippers for $875. It would retail at $1800 or more. But here is 60% below market.

Gary then showed me how he makes his handbags. I have never seen the actual work, tools or machines that goes into bags of this quality before. Nor have I ever seen such amazing leather…. And I thought I had. It was mind blowing!

Gary can copy, help you design and custom make, repair or refurbish any handbag out there from a vintage Chanel or Louis Vuitton to a Birkin bag … or even my well worn, not nearly as high-end, Kooba bag. Gary is honest, understands leather and old world craftsmanship. He’s an expert pattern maker and has strong ethics in manufacturing. He doesn’t do exact copies of anything… just similar.  Everything is hand made right on the premises of his small storefront.

So if you love high quality leather goods at prices that are a bargain, this place is for you!
Handbag lovers, look out! This one is a gem!

Barini Leather
12210 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 506-5422
Mon 11am-6:30pm
Tues.-Sat. 10:30am -6:30pm
Cash/ CC
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