Urbania Orpheus


A unique “jewel  bag”
that narrates the history of the ancient Casteldurante
and its precious ceramics
produced in its shops.

Technical characteristics
Handbag for women in naturally-tanned Tuscan leather, tanned with natural coloring obtained from walnut husks.
Frontal ceramic insert painted by hand nestled on a brass holder available in two styles*.
Circular handles.
Metallic zip closure with double slides.
Metal lateral rings for shoulder straps.
Adjustable and movable shoulder strap.
Metal studs.
Internal lining colored with glastum.
Internal pocket with one zip and smaller pockets for objects.
Hand painted edges.
Heat stamped logo on leather.


Brown ocher/baby blue.

Exterior: 100% naturally tanned leather. Light gold colored metallic accessories.
Interior: 100% hemp

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2 080,00 €

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Data sheet

Height 34 cm
Width 40 cm
Depth 11 cm
Handle Lenght 14 cm

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* The frontal ceramic insert that is hand-painted and nestled on a brass bezel in "Urbania Orpheus" has been reproduced by: Nicola da Urbino in "Orpheus Playing before the Animals". Plate c.1520-1523.

Alternatively, "Urbania" is available, the variation with the frontal ceramic insert that is hand-painted and nestled on a brass bezel that reproduces the composition which was painted in Casteldurante on a plate by Giovan Paolo Savini in 1609. 

The uniqueness

Urbania is a unique handbag since it is not only made entirely in Italy but is also the result of the care and dedication paid throughout all the production phases.
The initial Design study was based on research that retraced the most important Italian artisanal handicraft traditions.
The selected materials meet the need of proposing 100% natural collections. The productive cycle is planned to reduce the environmental impact to the maximum extent.
All of Urbania’s manufacturing choices, in particular the hand painted Ceramic of Casteldurante aim at glorifying the vast cultural richness of the area that inspired it,  Montefeltro and, in particular, the land of the Gioconda.
The hand-painted ceramic of Casteldurante: the hand painting that enrich Urbania come from the work of Gilberto Galavotti e Giuliano Smacchia, expert potters who work in their shop “Antica Casteldurante” on artistic ceramics from  Urbania (PU). Gilberto and Giuliano’s distintive artistic  feature is the classical time of Casteldurante and Urbino. They produce historiated, raffaellesche (decorated pieces with containing renaissance elements), vases and jugs.
By taking inspiration from the majolica of the Renaissance times in Casteldurante, art works by Nicola da Urbino and the decorative themes of the same period, they produce, by hand, the ceramic inserts used in the bags for Vodivì.
Natural tanned leather tanned by hand: the natural tanning used for the leather necessary to create Urbania  was obtained with  an ancient techniques that goes back to the stone age. Nowadays, it is very popular in Tuscany and is implemented through the utilization of peculiar natural elements, tannins, which are extracted from plants and trees and which give leather unmistakable, recognizable and unique characteristics. In particular, there are the warm shades that over time and use appear in the surface. It is a kind of work that requires time and mastery, but allows for the attainment of leather not containing toxic substances, nor azoic dyes, nickel or pentachlorophenol and chromium VI, and it usually does not create problems for people allergic to heavy metals.
The tanning of colors by hand as a finishing technique with the use if sponges, gives our bags a look which never appears quite the same. This look is difficult to obtain with industrial and mechanized methods. Moreover, thanks to this process, we can save the relevant quantities of water that are necessary for the classical dying of leather done in barrels.
The tanning of colors by hand was chosen to grant the leathers of Montefeltro a shading texture that never appears exactly the same.
The inserts in blue come from a high quality natural dyeing process made entirely in Italy by our experienced artisans. The blue (Isatis tinctoria) is a biennial plant from the family of Brassicaceae whose leaves are used to extract the indigotin, a blue coloring substance. The cultivation of this plant started at the beginning of the XIII century. The procedure to extract the color is long and complicated. The harvest is followed by the grinding of fresh leaves. The obtained concoction was packed in the shape of balls and left to dry for 15 days, after which they were made into pieces to macerate and ferment for the same number of days. This process allowed the creation of granular substances which were used for dyeing and painting.
Today, Vodivì’s expert dyers are rediscovering the use of the local plant through its cultivation in a controlled production chain. After the harvest and a careful selection made by hand, our artisans proceed with all the steps, the drying and grinding of the parts of the plants to be transferred to the dyeing plant for the extraction of the coloring substances. The intense dark brown is obtained through the Cotinus coggygria plant, widespread in the Apennine area of the Marche region. The main and oldest use of this bush is in leather tanning due to its high concentration of tannins, mainly in its leaves. The plant is harvested, dried and finely ground to obtain a dyeing powder.  Through minced and dried walnut husks the light ocher brown is obtained, used for other models of the collection such as “Lands of Gioconda”, with classical and versatile shades.
This color, when fresh, contains a yellow pigment (juglone) that oxidizes as soon as the husk is collected and that condenses with the tannis present in this plant. Hence the typical brown shades.  

Storage Instructions
The material used for the realization of this bag is genuine 100% Tuscan hand-colored vegetable-tanned leather.
We chose not to include surface finishing chemicals or resins, and for this reason, it is more sensitive to rubbing, scratching and direct sunlight.
Variations in color over time represent an intrinsic property of our leather devoid of pre-whitening and vegetable tanned.
In order to get the most out of this bag, we recommend you handle it with care and attention.

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