Craftsmanship

Original design, Italian craftsmanship and the highest quality Italian fabric combine to bring Jill Milan from initial
concept to finished luxury, consistent with the tradition of Made in Italy

Original Design

Our design concepts are inspired by beauty found everywhere - art, fashion, architecture, nature. Jill Milan bags begin with an initial sketch, created by our award-winning designers. This sketch is then transformed into a paper pattern, then felt samples are created to give us insight into how the finished bag will look. The felt samples are reviewed and modified in Florence and then we select fabrics suitable for the designs.

Italian Fabrics

Since Medieval times, Italy has been renowned for its textile production. Florentine guilds specialized in textiles, metals and jewelry. Prized for their quality, Italian fabrics have been used to make handbags for European nobility throughout the centuries. Many Italian handbags survive for generations thanks to the quality of their materials and their exquisite craftsmanship. Jill Milan selects Italian fabrics for each of our bags, using the highest-quality PVC-free and animal-free materials. These superb textiles are more expensive than most leathers.

Jewel-like Metal

Jill Milan bags feature custom-made hardware created by craftsmen whose expertise is in fine metalwork. Many of our evening clutches are entirely handmade by an artisan who specializes in metal bags and uses centuries-old techniques to create his pieces. Although time consuming, this process ensures a beautiful finished piece. Our exquisite evening bags appear frequently on the red carpet, carried by celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington.

Skilled Artisans

Each Jill Milan bag is made by a family-owned Italian atelier that creates accessories for Europe's top luxury brands. Florentine craftsmanship dates back to the Middle Ages, when each guild member was required to prove he was the son of a craftsman and that he had competence in his craft. Various guilds specialized in textile production and the finishing of cloths. This craftsmanship endures in Tuscany, where each master craftsman plays his own role in the production of handbags.

Making the Bag

Fabric bags are stitched by hand and evening bags are entirely handmade. A pattern maker cuts the pattern precisely to ensure that the designer's creation will be translated perfectly. A cutter then cuts the fabric before the material is transferred to a banconista, or stitcher. One false stitch can leave a permanent mark on the bag, rendering it unsuitable for sale. Artisans finish the handbag with handmade metals. Finally, Jill Milan's own production head inspects the bag during one last quality check. The resulting handbag is a piece of art that should last for years.

Photo: Moanalani Jeffrey Photography