Allison Hoeltzel started Officina Del Poggio with the intention to create bags with the highest level of Italian craftsmanship. Inspired by saddlery and vintage motorcycles, her bags have a practical luxury that is timeless. Her bags have been getting attention from the likes of Goop and Vogue and we are excited to carry them in both our stores and online. Originally from Texas (yay!), read below for Allison's tips for visiting Italy and some guilty pleasures!
1. Best thing about living in Italy?
The food and being so close to so many amazing places in a weekend.
2. Can you give us top 5 things things to do in Italy (eat, see, go, etc.)?
Eat: Tigelle - they are little round flatbreads that are cooked between hot iron discs, then stuffed with cheeses, cold cuts, or veggies
Go: Modena and Ferrara - easy day trips from Bologna
Drink: Negronis...the best cocktail!
See: The view from the top of the Torre Asinelli tower in Bologna
3. What's your guilty pleasure?
Gelato...I can never have enough!
4. What's the best advice some one has given you or you have for someone?
Pick your battles. Some things aren't worth making a big fuss over...save your energy for the big battles.
5. What inspires you?
A leisurely afternoon or morning in Brera (Milan). The people are always so elegant and stylish and it is full of interesting stores.
6. What is your go-to item for an airplane ride?
My IPad Pro...I love catching up on magazine subscriptions.
7. What was your last meal?
Spaghetti with bottarga
8. Biggest pet peeve?
People who are rude to waiters or salespeople
9. Favorite emoji?
The monkey covering eyes
10. What do you miss most about Texas?
My family and the big Texas sky
11. Most overused phrase?
"Perfetto"...I say it way too much.
12. Favorite productivity tool?
The camera in my phone...I constantly take "notes" with images