A few years ago on a trip to Italy I was in a Florence leather shop buying a coat. The coat wasn’t enough for them as the salesmen were, without success, trying to sell me a bag. They wouldn’t take my “no” for an answer, until I told them the purses they were wanting me to replace were francesco biasia. They left me alone after that and told me they couldn’t compete. I couldn’t agree more. I just love this designer. The leather is so soft and supple and my bags are so timeless (I have had one for almost 10 years and still get compliments – best tax return splurge I ever did). The lining is usually made with a complementary colored suede. My black bag has chili red suede lining and my mahogany brown bag has mustard yellow suede.