Candice Bergen’s BergenBags

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Remember the good old days when Murphy Brown was on TV? Candice Bergen’s wit and perfect delivery was such a treat to watch, before reality TV took over. Luckily for us, she’s having fun doing something new and her wit is still as sharp as ever. Just take her tagline for her project BergenBags: “From One Old Bag to Another”. Let me explain.

By happy accident, Candice Bergen has started painting on people’s luxe handbags. On a whim she painted something on her daughter Chloe Malle’s Louis Vuitton duffle bag and it was posted on Instagram. Now everyone who’s anyone wants her to paint something on their bag. As Dana Schuster from NY Post put it “The hottest purse right now isn’t a Birkin. It’s a Bergen.” Of course what caught my eye were the dogs so I’m going to go out on a limb and say Ms. Bergen loves dogs, because not only is her Instagram full of dog photos but she seems to paint quite a few also…

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But she paints all sorts of things, whatever the customer wants. Tacos, bunnies, camels, horses, caterpillars, skunks, cryptic messages…it seems pretty wide open…

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You can see that these bags are some pretty posh canvases: Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent, Prada, Goyard… and Candice Bergen is a megawatt star after all, so the cost for a custom paint job is $1000 a pop but she donates it all to charity. Today she’s painting bags onsite by appointment at Laura Vinroot Poole’s gorgeous Capitol boutique in Charlotte, North Carolina. I thought about making the 2-hour trip just for entertainment’s sake, what a hoot!

It’s nice to know that stars we’ve adored are real people, out there doing neat things and having fun. Candice Bergen, don’t worry…there’s nothing “old bag” about you!

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You can visit the BergenBags website here. Also follow BergenBags on Instagram here, her photo captions are really very funny and very Candice Bergen.

All photos via Instagram.

Erica Preo is CEO & Creative Director of Pantofola, pure luxury Italian goods for dogs.

Weekend Dog Watching in Italy

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After a pretty long hiatus from blog posts, I’m back! When I first started this blog I posted every day, then gradually started tapering off. I was busy launching Pantofola, my brand of dog accessories that are made in Italy, but in the back of my mind I kept thinking that I really need to resume my blog posts. There were some blogs I followed and when those posts started dwindling I always felt sad, and wondered what happened?! So if anyone has wondered that about me and/or felt sad, I promise to get back to some regular posting.

A few weeks ago I spent a week in Italy meeting with my factory for some new items and collections, and also to attend the semi-annual mega leather fair in Milan. I always try and attend the fair because it’s easier than traveling all over to visit tanneries and other suppliers. Anyway, the first part of my trip was getting over jet lag and becoming reacquainted with life in Italy. It seems I’ve made the city of Varese my home away from home, and since I prefer smaller cities it’s become quite comfy. My first post about Varese can be found here.

One of my favorite things to do is stroll around the center of the city and since I was there over a weekend I was able to do a lot of people watching, and dog watching of course. It seemed as though everyone was out, meeting and greeting. This sweet Golden Retriever was more than happy to get neck and belly rubs from passersby…

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And these two guys were happy to check each other out, although one seems not quite as thrilled as the other…

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Of course there was no shortage of kids, and kids and dogs just seem to go together…

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This one I especially liked because he looked a lot like my dog Chappie, who I was missing already…

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Big ones, small ones, no one can escape the crazy American dog lady with her iPhone camera in hand…

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Of course there were other things going on during the weekend. There were markets both days, with everything to eat that you could possibly imagine. From the point of view of the dogs that were strolling around, I suppose this seller would have been a popular hangout…

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…and wouldn’t it be so easy just to quickly help yourself to some wild boar sausage or a slice of prosciutto on a Saturday afternoon? Why not? It’s la dolce vita after all.

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For me, I prefer something more along the lines of this seller…

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Actually, the best thing of all was already on my radar: the famous gelato chain Grom has opened a Varese location which was very close by. So, like a moth to a flame I went…

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That was Salted Caramel and Coffee together. It was so tasty, the next day I went back for a cup of Salted Caramel and Nougat because, when in Rome…or Varese…

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Not a bad way to spend the first few days in Italy, enjoying a weekend in a lovely city and strolling along with the locals. I’m sure that I blended right in, apart from that pesky iPhone camera.

Erica Preo is CEO & Creative Director of Pantofola, pure luxury Italian goods for dogs.

A Good Day, Profiles in Virtue #1

I don’t usually reblog a post, but this one is so wonderful I just have to…I’ve read it 4 times in the last 10 minutes, and I’ll keep reading it. Happy Sunday, everyone!

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I never thought I’d see Dean again, or at least for quite a while.  I’d diagnosed osteosarcoma bone cancer in his beloved bloodhound’s leg about a month ago, and after we said goodbye to her, he floated off in a sea of tears.  I’m always touched by a man who feels comfortable sharing emotion while dealing with life’s difficult decisions.  Dean had carried some of his own medical issues, and had lost an eye on that journey.  So I was so very happy to see his face when I entered the exam room last Tuesday, embracing a new dog.  He shared his story.

“Doc, you know I was pretty tore up about ol’ Dolly.  I swore I could never get another dog again.  It just hurts so  much when you have to say goodbye.”

I nodded because I know that feeling well.  Clearly I didn’t need to share my wisdom…

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