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Declare Victory!

February 9th, 2009 Issue dayid

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Dreaming of Italy? Well, we are after a trip to Victory, where we discovered a treasure trove of Italian leather delicacies.

Straight from Venice, these jewel toned mini-clutches, coin purses, and make-up bags are hand-embossed with 24K gold. Talk about decadent! You won't uncover these toteable treasures anywhere else; all pieces are handcrafted by a fourth-generation traditional leather making family and Victory has exclusive dibs on them outside of Venice.

In its fifth year, Victory itself is quite the find. Owner and creative designer Kerry Ciardelli-Olson has an eagle eye for exquisite antiques and kitsch new lines. Why splurge on a plane ticket when she's bringing luxe Italian leather right here to the Twin Cities.

With one of these in hand, you'll feel bella indeed.

Handbags, $52 to $88, available at Victory, 3505 W. 44th St, Mpls., 612-926-8200.

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