Fashion Cognoscenti Can Tell: New Italian Leather Shop Offers True Luxury

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | 7:53 pm

Shopping for fine and authentic Italian leather bags, shoes, and jackets is no longer a problem now that Pelletteria Italian Leather Boutique is in Old Pasadena.

Pelletteria is what an Italian leather store should be: cozy, attractive, and stocked with only the best Italian-made products.

“We are in the business of bringing unique items from the best Italian producers,” said owner Carlos Solis, who is also a business attorney. “[Our merchandise is unique in the sense that we know that these products are not to be found anywhere in the United States other than our store. We have earned the right to contract with the manufacturers to give us their exclusive production for the United States, available only to us, and these manufacturers do not export to anyone else.”

The Pelletteria, which means a leather goods shop in Italian, carries only merchandise made “by master craftsmen who have been doing it for hundreds of years,” Solis added.

These producers are the same manufacturers for luxury goods such as Gucci. The workmanship that goes into the Pelletteria products, in short, is the same as the work that goes into the luxury brands!ll these made-in-Italy bags, shoes, and other leather goods are then curated by Zhen Wang, a fashion and interior designer who lives in Italy, but who is also a frequent visitor to Pelletteria. “I would like to bring a piece of Europe here, not only a chic store, but also the culture, the spirit that Italians have, the passion that they have, the fashion and also how to focus on the details,” said Wang.

The Pelletteria customer, according to Wang, is someone who values quality above all, who believes that shoes and purses present who we are and what we want to become. “I think my customer, my clientele, is a highly educated woman, well-traveled and knowledgeable of design, fashion and craftsmanship.”

Solis, a resident of Pasadena since 1980, knows that Pasadena needs: an Italian leather store that delivers no-frills, no-nonsense, just honest-to-goodness Italian-made products.

“I don’t think that anyone will be able to find this type of store frankly anywhere in the San Gabriel Valley,” he said.

Pelleteria Italian Leather Boutique is located at 38 South Raymond Ave., Pasadena. For more information, please call (626) 213-3990 or visit

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