“I absolutely didn’t know how to make bags. Seventy years ago I stuck them with Vinavil glue and sewed them with a carpenter’s needle. It seems absurd, but in the end I made it. I learned how to make bags”: this is the story of Carla Braccialini, founder of the leather goods brand by the same name who, today in her nineties, retraces her live and career path in the volume “The girl who did not know how to make bags ” – (ed. Gruppo Editoriale) signed with the journalist Maurizio Naldini.

Presented in San Miniato, on the occasion of the Lifetime Achievement Award assigned to her on 28 June by the The General States of Italian Leather Goods, it tells an extraordinary parable of female success that brings the Braccialini brand to international fame. The pages recite 90 years of her life between fashion and travels in search of inspiration for her collections, the friendships of a lifetime and the most important encounters, the many awards such as the Cavalierato del Lavoro (knighthood of labour) conferred to her in 2009 by the then President Giorgio Napolitano, and without ever separating the entrepreneur’s stories from the family history, with the participation of the sons Riccardo, Massimo and Lorenzo in the family business.

“My strength? – states Carla Braccialini – Inexperience. Otherwise I would not have been able to make my bags. Instead, in this way, I was free to go wherever I wanted”.