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DESIGNER OF THE DAY

Corina Stefirta

Sage Femme

Sage Femme expresses a distinctly female form of wisdom and confidence: an aura which derives from the sheer quality of materials, the harmony of proportions and color, and from unique practicality. To achieve this objective, we have made a conscious effort to remove all unnecessary ornamentation and superfluous stitching. We focus to be on the materials, shape, and detailing. Sage Femme creates a new statement in accessories design build around subdued elegance, clean and crisp line, made possible with only the most exacting craftsmanship.

Corina Stefirta began her quest to create her line of handbags while working as a saleswoman at the Tod's flagship store in Via della Spiga in Milan's famed fashion district. Immersed in this dynamic design setting, and working day in and day out with an international clientele, she quickly noticed an opportunity for a new line of products. Simple, clean, without embellishment, with the finest leathers available, and in a wide variety of colors. A collaboration with an Italian leather workshop began which quickly became her full time job. Hence, Sage Femme was born. A labor of love.

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Sage Femme is a line of bags for the woman of wisdom who is on a constant quest for beauty through simplicity. The fruit of the labors of our expert team artisans working out of a small factory in Italy, our creations express a passion to eliminate the superfluous in favor of sublime shapes, mesmerizing colors, and perfect detailing, accompanied, of course, by the intense scent of Tuscan leather.

Corina Stefirta's design path was unconventional. A native of the Republic of Moldova, she moved to Milan in 2007 and landed a sales job with Tod's -- one of Italy's premiere shoe and leather goods brands. This is where the process began that led to her creation of the Sage Femme line.

The heart of our inspiration is expressed in our name: “Sage Femme.” This name in French has a double meaning. The words literally mean “wise woman.” It is also the French term for “midwife" — a traditional female occupation that embodies trust, empowerment, and service to community. The concept of service is an important element of our project as we commit a portion of our profit to midwife-led projects in the developing world . Sage Femme expresses a distinctly female form of wisdom and confidence: an aura which derives from the sheer quality of materials, the harmony of proportions and color, and from unique practicality. To achieve this objective, we have made a conscious effort to remove all unnecessary ornamentation and superfluous stitching. We focus to be on the materials, shape, and detailing. Simplicity of this sort poses a unique challenge in production. There are no distractions. Simplicity of this sort is completely unforgiving of the smallest imperfection. The cut of the leather must be perfectly clean, the stitching, reinforcements, and edging, flawless. In short, it requires total, uncompromising, and even obsessive dedication to quality on our part.

Sage Femme's approach to design is "hands-on." We design directly on the factory floor, working side by side with the artisans. Our suppliers: the tanneries, diemakers, technicians are all local and readily accessible when we create a new model. We often implement new elements of a bag based on input from these local suppliers. By designing right in the workshop, we don’t have to worry about developing around volume-oriented seasonal collections. Rather, we can design and produce based on inspiration, see immediate results, and fine tune to our heart’s content.

In January 2016, Sage Femme debuted at the White Show in Milan, a premiere international event that showcases emerging international design talents. The brand was quickly recognized as a highlight of the show. The Sage Femme creates a new statement in accessories design build around subdued elegance, clean and crisp line, made possible with only the most exacting craftsmanship.

"Sage" in French means wise, a key adjective that drives our design vision. The concept of wisdom is a discerning taste for objects that are well made and that exude in air of confidence, maturity and good taste. The Sage Femme line will never resort to overt embellishment to make a design statement. The end result, we believe, speaks for itself. To paraphrase Coco Chanel: If a woman carries an overly embellished bag, you notice the bag, and if she carries a tasteful bag, you notice the woman.

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