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Handbags and briefcases are produced in this tiny bottega by a father-and-son team.
Transport Vaporetto Rialto Mercato or San Silvestro
Telephone 041 521 2889
Open 9.30am-7.30pm Mon-Sat; 10.30am-6.30pm Sun.
Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana nor Prada could make a bag like this for these prices! The quality of leather and workmanship is exquisite and the designs unique.
If you are a model you should be seen with a Model bag!
I went in the shop and was convinced this was the bag I'd always been looking for, big yet made smaller by magnetic clips on all four sides, adjustable straps, soft(oh so soft) leather that just begs to be touched and a classic look that everyone admires and assumes you have bought from the likes of the names above.
Francis Model should be on the high streets of London, Paris, Milan and New York but is based in Venice. Glad I went to Venice.
5 PLUS STARS (I forgot to rate it below). :-)
I stumbled upon Francis Model the 1st day I was in Venice, in 1986. Since then I have never bought a handbag anywhere else. I've been to Venice 4 times and bought a handbag each time. After that I became disabled, so I'd send money and directions with anyone I knew was going to buy me a handbag. I now have about 14 of his handbags. They are all unique and of Great quality... I recently, for the first time had a zipper repaired and the Italian repair man raved at the quality and the excellent handmade workmanship. He couldn't believe it wasn't from one of the high-end designers, because the quality was just as good.
I wear my Francis Model handbags everyday. Yes, it sounds pretentious that I only get my handbags from Venice, Italy (especially since I live very modestly), but it's an indulgence I allow myself every few years... Fortunately I like a smaller handbag. The euro, and many passing years, have doubled the prices.
It is a shop with thoughts and craft in each of the leather pieces - with history too -- 61 years of presence! Bought a piccolo weaved bag.. Quality leather texture.. And handicrafts. Since its man made, there's only one unique piece of its own.. Bought some accessories leather goods as well... Admire the pride and ownership of owner - Francis.. service was beyond description. Love it! ;D If you are a fan of leather, it is definately worth it!
I have just bought the most delicious little bag from Francis Model,, one day left in Venice and am going back to buy another, trash the cash! But compared to a very well known designer these are the bags to have!
Tried haggling, got nowhere. Sigh. I liked the handbags so much, and I liked so many of the designs. But I am a poor unemployed American, and so I could only get one... a small one... albeit, not the smallest one, but still. I got a crossbody bag with the cross weave design. I liked the tassel on the zipper, but it could have been made better and with better hardware. The lady told me my handbag took about three days to make, and the leather is very soft and supple. It's a delicate bag though, not really an everyday. This is because of two things: it's a cross body bag, so it rubs against my hip/thigh when I'm walking, and the cross weave design gets a little bit wear and tear because of this. It's a very classy looking bag though. And it's funny that earlier that day before I made my purchase, I had wandered in a high end shop that had similar models and the prices were in the thousands.!
Stumbled on their little shop in 2006. Purchased a beautiful black shoulder bag. I am still wearing it and get so many compliments. Excellent quality. Next time I'm in Venice, I will get a few more.
I was wandering around in the rain one day in Venice and found Francis Model and bought the most fabulous handbag I have ever had. The experience was great, the choices were the best I have ever come across and now that I am home, I regret not buying a few more bags....I can't wait to go back and find them again.
I found Francis Model while out on a wander and went back a couple of days later because I was in need of a handbag. I came back with two--their designs and workmanship are second to none and I can think of plenty of designers who'd charge twice as much for half the quality. A real treasure--can't wait to go back
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