Elena Ghisellini – Bags Of Talent

For stunning arm candy, this designer has us hooked

Elena Ghisellini’s CV reads like a Who’s Who of fashion. She started her career at Trussardi, moved on to Salvatore Ferragamo, collaborated with Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy, and designs accessories for Emilio Pucci. Ghisellini’s own collection incorporates all these influences while staying true to her vision of accessories as luxurious extensions of a woman’s personality. And, of course, having her base in Florence guarantees only the finest ‘Made in Italy’ quality, facilitated by her enduring relationship with the most talented artisans in the field. We took the opportunity to get inside this accessory designer’s head.
Elena GhiselliniWhen did you start designing handbags, and why?
I’ve always found leather to be the most inspiring material. A leather garment never goes unnoticed. It represents our animal instinct and our connection with nature—and creatively, it doesn’t have any limits of expression. Not everyone knows that the leather we use to produce our goods comes from food industry waste, so it has environmental value. I particularly like bags because as an everyday essential aspect of women’s lives, they define their style.

What is your signature style?
The Felina bag is so far the most recognizable style in my collections. It was designed to represent the free, animalistic aspect of femininity. As for my own style, the characteristics that define it are personality and eccentricity—always with a touch of humor and elegance.

What do Swarovski crystals add to your design?
Swarovski produces dreams, and the light from a crystal is always magical. The light reflections from crystals in every possible shade have given a touch of magic to my iconic Felina Rainbow bag.

Are accessories the new stars and statement pieces?
Of course! Wearing an iconic bag makes a woman feel stronger, and it immediately defines her identity and personality. Today the offer is vast, so it’s stimulating to choose something different every day. Innovation and research are essential to my work—an innovative bag personalizes an otherwise simple look perfectly.