Presidential Inauguration 2013....WE WERE THERE!!

 Our New York office is still buzzing with excitement and hope after the Presidential Inauguration.

 We feel an even greater connection to our elected officials having been given the privilege to participate in their wardrobe choices for the occasion.

The first lady Michelle Obama, her mother Mrs. Marian Robinson and daughter Malia, all wore vibrant color nappa leather gloves by Portolano for J.Crew. 


Dr. Jill Biden chose an exquisite long nappa suede glove by Portolano made exclusively for Neiman Marcus.


  We pride ourselves in producing the finest luxury merchandise available for purchase throughout the world. Moments like yesterday inspire and motivate us to strive for new heights in our product development efforts for years to come.

The Portolano Family

Fashion News: what to expect for the next fall?

Good morning from New York City!

While most of you are on vacation or are planning yours, we are working on the new collection of great accessories we are going to offer you for the next cold season.

Variety of fabrics, colors and styles are going to be available online soon. We hope you will like them, because our main goal is to give you a more complete choice of fashionable items along with the best quality. Leather gloves and cashmere scarves, gloves and hats for Ladies

and Men and new products belonging to our collections: Barbati, Fall In Glove, Open Sesame and Portolano Kids.

To help you to have an idea of what we are talking about, you can see a preview on our facebook page or on Pinterest

Here at Portolano we all hope you'll like our new products! You can pre-order them....just CONTACT US  by email to ask for information and know when they will be available online...

Meanwhile, did you know that our gloves are on Allure of August 2012? A fabulous Kate Beckinsale wears Portolano long leather gloves as "the best of the fall collection " in a '60s rainy day location with a Louis Vuitton outfit :handbag in canvas and crocodile, wool lame` dress and felt and fur hat.

Have a great weekend....see you next week for more news.

Ciao Ciao,


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The legend of the "neck knot"...all about the TIE !

Around the world about 600 million men regularly wear it.

In Germany, every man has an average of 20 ties.  

The big question for many men is: 'Who came up with an idea like that?'
Steenkerke, a town in Belgium, claims the honor of having "invented" the tie. In 1692 the British launched a surprise attack against the French troops stationed there. According to the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, "French officials did not have time to dress well. But they hastened to tie their uniforms scarf around their neck with a slow link, and slipped the ends of the scarf in the slots of the jacket. Voilà, the tie was born in its original form. "
However, the new military fashion was not exactly unprecedented. Experts point out some centuries before the warriors of the Chinese Emperor Cheng (Shih Huang Ti) wore around their neck like a scarf folded, indicating their rank.
But perhaps the most famous scarves were those belonged to Croats who fought for Louis XIV, king of France. During a parade held in Paris on the occasion of a victory, the French were so admired by Croats scarves that they started to call them Cravates, "hrvat" from Croatian, and they began to bring them too. "From then on," writes the aforementioned newspaper, "the fame of the ties continued to spread, although the soldiers of Steenkerke were the first to transform a scarf into a knotted tie."
During the French Revolution (1789-99) the political affiliation was indicated by the color of the tie or scarf around the neck. In nineteenth-century the Aristocratic European society  "discovered" this garment. It was then that the tie was not associated to the political and military world anymore and stepped into the male wardrobe. Today the tie is not only accepted around the world, but in some occasions it is even compulsory.

Speaking of ties, I have found this interesting website www.tieguide.com, that is a real guide about :

How to Tie a Tie Instructions on different ways of tying a tie.

Caring for a Tie instructions on how to care for your neck tie. 

Wearing a Tie  Learn how to properly put on a neck tie and pick the right tie to wear. 

Buying a Necktie Learn what to look for when buying a necktie.

Before reading these contents, I didn't know that there are more formal tie knots than others.......they seem all the same!!!!

Heave a good day everyone!!



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A Warm Welcome..

This is our First Post....wow...it's so exciting!!!!

Don't know where to start....there are a lot of things to share with you but....ok! Let's start with..... WELCOME!!!

We are so glad to have you here reading our first post of what we all hope will be an interesting little space of sharing......

We hope you like our new website. We have all worked to create an easier interface to navigate faster among the web pages, offering more details and services to be in touch with everyone know and love our products and company and the others that would want to!;)

We wish you a great first weekend of Summer!



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