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8th and Railroad - Sioux Falls www.lucas.boutique (605)212-2655
8th and Railroad - Sioux Falls www.lucas.boutique (605)212-2655

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Amerigo is a beautiful vintage looking travel bag made of Italian vegetable tanned leather. It is light, luxurious, unique and incredibly unique. Travel in Style with this great bag!
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There was something very special about the Royal Wedding today. It gave me Hope. To see this young couple bringing together so many cheerful people and being so simple and genuine was very refreshing. That is what we stand for with our Brand and Store: genuine products for the person. Things that make sense in your daily life and connect you with others!
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For a change of direction this week, I wanted to showcase a beautiful bag that I am in completely in love with at my store: the “Stella”. Without a doubt, this design enhances the strength and elegance of a woman. It is a true piece of art that makes a statement with every entrance. Simply stated, the Stella’s sexy sophistication defines it as new standard in the architectural bag category.

I’m head over heels about the Stella’s well-proportioned and refined design with controlled curves that accent the teasing arch. To me, this arch provides a continuous source of inspiration to the woman privileged enough to carry it. Women feel empowered with confidence as it swings in rhythm with their body. In a world full of conformity, Stella expresses your unique story and exclusive perspective of the world.

As a true piece of art, Stella’s innovative design is crafted by a special sewing machine that requires the expertise of an experienced artisan to achieve its high-quality detail. Stella’s design took years of incubation to arrive at this pinnacle of perfection.

The bag is in a category of its own. Come and feel as if the stars align as you cradle this beautiful extension of yourself. The Stella has been calling out and awaiting its destiny to be in the spirited arms of a gentle, nurturing, yet bold and savvy individual. Stella is a hidden treasure in this hectic world. If you are seeking an innovative, elegant and beautiful gift, come explore the depths of this bag. It is perfect for all situations and exudes uncompromising confidence.

I’d love to talk to you more about the Stella. Message me for more details, pictures and colors.

Have a wonderful day!

-LP
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Positive Focused Energy Breeds Meaningful Beauty.

In my college days, I’d spend most of my time studying with friends. To get away from the daily routine, we’d rent out the public section of a monastery and sojourn a few days to seclude ourselves in a quiet setting. Each morning, before we’d study and eat, we’d pray as a group of friends. We built a fraternity around our friendship and commitment to our studies.

I particularly remember one year. I had some spare time after finalizing my thesis, so I’d sit and watch the monks at this monastery. Their way of life fascinated me, and I quickly became friends with one of them.

Our friendship blossomed as he showed me aspects of the monastery that I had overlooked. Learning about life in the monastery was truly an amazing and intriguing experience. The place was self-sufficient with a blooming garden and livestock (chickens and pigs). The monks would rely on the charity of the people around town. In return, the monks would pray and work with the people.

It was an awe-inspiring culture. I distinctly remember feeding a five hundred year old fireplace for hours with my monk friend. Our conversations would focus on life, relationships, or anything that we could think to talk about as we tended to the fire.

From these experiences, I feel that I carry within me a conviction of the true meaning of being a human and of being a participant in this global world of ours.

Throughout these encounters, I came to the realization about ultimate beauty. I believe it is the fruit of applying energy to something and transforming that something into a unique item. There is a binding connection between the amount of attention and energy we apply to an item and the quality of that item. Positive focused energy breeds meaningful beauty.

My goal is that my brand and business reflect these same principles. Whatever we do needs to serve a great purpose. The pieces I offer are handcrafted for both beauty and practicality.

I hope you can see that our focus is to meet your desires.

Have a great day!
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Why we are rebranding to express the Handmade Genuine Luxury.

Last week Queen City Concierge and Luca’s Boutique hosted a private event at my store. It was a social occasion that focused on our clients, in order that they (the clients) might become acquainted with one another. A big shout out of “thanks” to all who attended. Both Ashlee (owner of Queen City Concierge) and I agreed that it was a wonderful way to connect!

After the event, I began to consider my focus as a business owner and for the identity of my business. I will never surrender my love for everything “Made In Italy” because of the beauty and quality it represents! I was made in Italy! In the past two years of business, I have met a number of people who express trust in the quality of the product that carries the “Made In Italy” brand, but my store encompasses so much more! One example is the art I proudly display around the store: it is made in South Dakota.

So, I’ve been contemplating why I offer the pieces that I do. I ended up with this reason for my choice in products: Handmade Genuine Luxury. This notion conveys the humanity behind not only the crafting of these pieces, but also the humanity behind the person who uses them! Products we use should express who we are as people. Let me supply a few examples: a beautiful book is more appealing when printed on pleasing paper and a magnificent meal tastes even better when surrounded by a calm and lovely atmosphere.

Beauty can be expressed through humans and their unique ideas and abilities. I define things made with human hands in an environment that encourages individuality as “genuine.” If a product is made under disheartening conditions or is mass produced, the product will show inferior quality and design. These products are not made with a special love for the piece, so I feel no connection to them. I do not offer them in my store.

Ultimately, I want to offer something unique, something beautiful to you! This means I want to focus on handmade pieces. These pieces are true art, crafted with passion and patience, that transmit inspirations and experiences to you. Handmade Genuine Luxury is a vital part of my new focus. I believe it portrays luxury that is not excessive, but magnificent as it defines exceptional beauty.

I asked myself, “Who else is dedicated to Handmade Genuine Luxury?” A friend told me about Helen Wang Jewelry in Minneapolis. I spoke with Helen, another dedicated artisan, and we decided to work together. I am determined to transform Luca’s Boutique into a haven that commits to unique and genuine luxury experiences!



-LP

luca@lucas.boutique

605-212-2655
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Much ado about Italian love!

With only a few weeks to go, Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, and love lingers all around us! If you’ve been a regular reader of my blog, I hope you enjoyed last year’s post about the history of February 14th. (The True Meaning of Valentine's Day.) Today, instead of a history lesson, I’d like to share my thoughts about my love for Italy.

Growing up in Italy, I lived in one of the most romantic countries on this Earth! The country remains breathtaking with intimate islands, rich historical remnants from the Renaissance period and architecture that defines design; truly a distinguishable destination for honeymooners, world travelers and thrill seekers. From Florence, to Rome, to Naples or to the iconic Lake Como, Italy supplies unparalleled scenery. Shakespeare couldn’t help but use fair Verona as the backdrop for Romeo and Juliet!

Italy is also home to some of the finest dining and cuisine experiences. For those who have not experienced authentic Italian dishes, you are missing out on one of the most luscious dining experiences ever conceived! Many restaurants and cafés try to match some of the recipes but unfortunately their dishes do not begin to compare with authentic dishes. If you’d like the opportunity to enjoy and learn more about authentic Italian cuisine, please contact me! I do “in-home dinners” every month where I share my mother’s recipes and the rich culture of Italy with guests!

I love my home country; it has instilled in me a passion and drive that pushes me to always better myself. My love for Italy inspired the creation of Luca’s Boutique, along with the Italian craftsmanship that fills my shelves with one-of-a-kind pieces of beauty. When sharing these pieces with customers, I love hearing about their experiences with Italy and Italian made products. I often hear how Italian influence has transformed a customer’s definition of quality.

Throughout the millennium, Italy remains on the forefront of innovated design. The quality lies in the details. From fashion, cars, furniture, leather and even food, Italian design has impacted the world for the better.
I love it.

Luca’s Luxurious Leather...finely made products from Italy.
Visit us to see, smell, and stroke the quality of our leather.
- LP

luca@lucas.boutique
605-212-2655
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Do not let this title mislead you! I am not demanding your attention to necessarily read these exact words, but to read in general. Along with living more in the moment this year (Being Present), I am determined to improve my well-being by broadening my perspective with reading more each month. I hope to read two books a month and share a few thoughts of what I have learned from these books in the blogs to come. I encourage you to join me and read more too!

At the end of last year, I realized that in times of stress, I narrow my point of view. This results in restricting my observations of and openness to new ideas. To overcome these moments, I seek outside influence. Experiencing fine art is an amazing escape for me that supplies eye opening reflections of myself. There are no boundaries in fine art; it is limitless!

As with fine art, I find reading may unleash innovative thoughts and ideas. In my opinion, yet another form of fine art is writing. Every form of art offers new dimensions of ideas, places and emotions that help me better explore my day-to-day reality. By broadening my viewpoints with reading and writing, I not only strengthen my understanding, but I also look at my own reality in novel ways.

For many of you who know me or have visited my boutique, you understand that I surround myself with art. In fact, I do not consider my shelves to be decorated in “merchandise.” Luca’s Boutique’s shelves are graced with unique and distinctive pieces of world class fine art. Beautifully handcrafted, Italian leather and cashmere art adorn my entire shop.

I hope to read many books this year, covering a wide variety of topics and sharing my thoughts with all of you!

Do you have any book recommendations for me this year? Please suggest some that helped you understand life a bit better. I’d love to hear from you.

Thank you.



LP

605-212-2655

luca@lucas.boutique
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As we said good-bye to 2017, there was much time to reflect on the failures and successes of the previous year.

Through small triumphs I sought after larger treasures, exploring the depth of digital omnipresence and, even, over saturation of such techniques. These and other strategies, as many of you may have imagined, resulted in the finding of a fair amount of failures. These actions felt like predestined disappointments, but, fortunately, each mistake presented a valuable learning lesson.

Many moments throughout last year inspired new ideas and important decisions that led to many late nights and sometimes to a narrow focus of insignificant factors. When someone gets caught up in these moments, it overtakes him or her like love at first sight. That passionate rush of new feelings often leads to an unawareness of the beauty that surrounds him or her. Recognizing these actions, I came to the realization that I was not living in the moment and letting these factors control my attention. A lesson that I am grateful to learn.

My goal this year is to be more present in each moment; while giving moments in the past their well-earned and deserved respect. A valuable resource given freely to us is time. Time is easily lost. To respectfully use my time, I aim to be authentic in the upcoming moments I share, not only with family and friends, but also with the people I meet each day.

As I look at being authentic in my business, I must focus on what has invariably been the most successful and unique part of my operation: You. You are beautiful. Your appreciation of quality craftsmanship, attention detail and passion for the fine arts led you to experience Luca’s Boutique. From our handcrafted Italian Leather handbags and belts, to the ever-cozy cashmere and exquisite jackets, you’ve found your individuality here. For this, I thank you and hope to talk to you soon.

LP
605-212-2655
Luca@Lucas.Boutique
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Out of the Vacchetta Leather Collection comes the Sarah Crossbody bag. Ideal for running errands, light travel and leisurely strolls, the Sarah is a true example that great things come in small packages.

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When I think about the infinite possibilities of design my head starts to spin, but when I finally narrow down things to what we know how to do best things start to flow seamlessly. It is an honor to be able to offer the best in class Made in Italy bags in the US.

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