"Most retail products are overpriced, and most manufacturers are underpaid. Luxury fashion is arguably the worst offender." Wise words from Italic, a new e-commerce venture that works directly with those who actually make the world's best apparel and accessories to ensure you get the good things in life without paying through the nose.
"The manufacturers set the price and we split the profit" is the simple but brilliant concept behind Italic's "Luxury Without Labels" philosophy. By removing brand names, and cutting out retailers, "we pass incredible savings to you without compromising quality."
Some of our favorite products from them are a couple of designer-quality leather wallets that are incredible deals: the Albee zippered wallet and Ace classic card case, from the same manufacturer that produces leathergoods for Prada and Celine, in business since the 1950s.
Take those labels away and you're spending a mere $50 instead of $190-$345 that the designer markup would demand. The Albee comes in a wide selection of high-grade textured leathers and features five card slots, a nylon-lined internal compartment, and an additional external pocket.
Several pieces of premium leather are painstakingly brushed by hand with long-wearing edge paint before being stitched together to construct it, and it's available in several colors.
The Ace meanwhile comes in classic espresso brown or black and is crafted of top-grain leather stitched with durable British threading. It has two card slots on each side and a center compartment that have all been lined with super-smooth lambskin.
The espresso version is cut from durable, two-toned vegetable tanned cowhide that "patinas beautifully with wear," while the black is pure Nappa leather dyed to match edge paint for a sleek monochromatic look.
Best of all, you'll have plenty of cash left over to put in them.