Carlo Falchi at Saks Fifth Avenue Spring 2009 Handbag Collection

Carlos Falchi, a veteran of the luxury-handbag industry for 38 years, signed handbags and chatted with fans at the Biltmore Saks Fifth Avenue store while showing his Spring 2009 Handbag Collection.

Falchi has designed bags and/or gloves for many films, including The Way We Were, As Good as It Gets, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Devil Wears Prada and the Sex and the City movie.

I was able to spend about 30 minutes with Carlo Falchi receiving a slight peak in to unique insights and what caught me the most was the love and passion for what he does.

During this interview, Falchi revealed to me he is now applying his signature style to bags for American men. The men’s collection now launching in the U.S. features plenty of Falchi’s exotic skins, but less color as the women’s — only black, brown, red and green.

“My idea was to bring in the mixing of the materials and also make it younger and fresher, with attention to men who are antibag. For Europeans it’s natural to carry a bag, but American men are just starting,” he said.

The skins include crocodile, alligator, python, ostrich and buffalo. Many of the exteriors are a combination of canvas and skin, in consideration of the large dimensions preferred by American men. Prices for the messengers, totes, duffels and laptop carriers range from $3,000 to $32,000.

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