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Mi PiaciMany designers hold the notion that their ideas are pure gold. Mi Piaci, a new Italian-inspired handbag and luxurygoods collection, can truly claim to be pure gold. In fact, its signature collection of handbags are made with 24-karat (pure) gold.

Using a patented “nano-technology” called Precious Surface, Mi Piaci desposits atoms of pure gold from bullion slabs onto its Italian leathers and furs. The process doesn’t alter the natural texture and hand of the surface but gives it a rich gilt look. Unlike plating, gold leaf or gold foil, the 24K gold won’t rub off, even after years of wear.

The company even provides a certificate of authenticity from SGS, the well known independent Swiss company, guaranteeing 24K gold has been used in manufacturing.

For fall/winter, Mi Piaci is offering a limited collection of furs which also has 24K gold infused in them thanks to Precious Surface.

The 24K gold alligator clutch pictured here comes with a precious pricetag, too: $6,095. But considering gold is at $1,562.75 an ounce this afternoon, the 24K gold bag is a relative bargain.

www.mipiacivenice.com.

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Jeff Prine, Editor at Large, Accessories Magazine
Jeff returns as a regular contributor to Accessories magazine. Initially Jeff worked as senior editor at Accessories more than 20 years ago and his love of the industry has followed him until present. Since his tenure here, Jeff has continued to report jewelry, watch and other luxury goods trends as executive editor at Modern Jeweler magazine, fashion director at Lustre, and as contributor on products and trends for consumer and trade publications and websites. In addition to his editorial experience, Jeff also served as an adjunct instructor for accessories merchandising at Fashion Institute of Technology. jeffp@busjour.com

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