Inspired by the colourful flags and banners with which Italians decorated their balconies during the days of the pandemic, the Arcobaleno bag by Valeria Zingaretti is a finalist in the international DAB (Design-a-Bag) competition organised by the All China Leather Exhibition, the event dedicated to leather, materials, and technology for the fashion industry from 31 August to 2 September in Shanghai.

Having studied product design at the Isia in Florence, and with an experience in a style bureau in Rome where she worked on the interior design of a helicopter – which saw her fall in love with the world of leather – 32-year-old designer Valeria Zingaretti already has a formidable history in leather design behind her: in 2014, her Una bag, made from recovered leather, was presented at the Unione Stilisti delle Marche competition, and she also received awards for her Ladybag backpack and Litterae bag inspired by the Divine Comedy, which are both made from leather.

If leather, as an eco-friendly material, is the preferred material at the heart of all of Valeria’s projects, for Arcobaleno, she decided to once again focus on upcycling: “I made it completely by hand – she declared – with Italian leathers that are fruit of scraps coming from my previous projects. Thus, I pollute less and I use a material that is friendly to the environment, which conveys durability to the product and accordingly reduces its impact. In terms of aesthetics, I like the fact that the same product takes on a different look every time in accordance with the leather used. This is why my projects see the material come first, and then only the shape”.