Sara Battaglia grew up putting on fashion shows with her sister, sewing the clothes themselves to present to their family on Barbies. In the bio on her website, her favorite quote was something she told her father as a kid: “Daddy, I know what I want to do when I grow up. I want to be Salvador Dalì.”
Battaglia may no longer work with her sister (who you may have already guessed is fashion editor Giovanna Battaglia) but she does still have a passion for art and design. After she grew bored with design school, she apprenticed with a few accessories brands before launching her own. It wasn’t easy; Battaglia says when one company failed to deliver her samples on time, she had to go to the factory herself and help cut leather for the bags.
But for Battaglia, the hard work and the occasional missteps are what inspire her. “I think that with this difficult economic [environment], it is essential for the Italian fashion system to start dreaming again like in the ’80s and thinking that everything is possible,” she told me in an email. “We are very lucky to have fantastic craftsmanship and a great know-how, we need to use it correctly!”
She also admits that she’s lucky to have great connections within the industry–having an editor-cum-street style star for a sister definitely can’t hurt–who have been supportive of her. And she believes that the international fashion industry is familiar with the “quality and tradition” of Italian design. “They have to know that whatever happens we will come through with it!” she says of upcoming designers.
Battaglia shared that she hopes to expand her line beyond handbags–and considering how adorable this Vine is of her cat in one of her designs, may we suggest cat-gear to start?