Meet Simona Tagliaferri

I first met Simona at the White Show in Milan in 2019.  Although I do not usually “go to market” to source for Lesetta, I wanted to see what this experience was like.  We spent a couple of hours together and agreed to a visit in her atelier the following Summer when I returned to Italy.

On a bright June morning, I ventured, in my rental car, from Bologna to San Marino (the fifth smallest country in the world) where Simona lives.  Alice, Simona’s wonderful assistant met me at the door dressed in all black, just as I remembered her with gorgeous bobbed blond hair, oversized black framed glasses and deep red lipstick.  She welcomed me with warmth and grace.  Soon Simona emerged from an earlier meeting with her pixie cut and soft spoken demeanor.  We all “took a coffee” and then spent the entire day trying on Simona’s designs and discussing her life, her inspiration and her beautiful work.  

Born and raised in Tuscany, Simona trained as a jewelry designer when she started her career.  Over lunch, she shared how she spent her apprenticeship working all week and coming in on Saturday mornings, her day off, to watch the maestro work.  Impressed by her work ethic and skill, he took her under his wing and trained her to become one of the most sought after jewelry designers in Italy.  Simona has designed for Tiffany’s and Pomellato and she continues to consult with many Italian fashion brands.

Simona has had a clothing line for years, but had launched her own jewelry line just two years earlier.  On my first visit with Simona, I fell in love with her chunky rings and delicate necklaces.  I love a good statement ring and Simona makes the best!  From her mirror collection of smaller profile to oversized she incorporates rose gold, yellow gold, silver and many precious stones.

She also does a series of hand painted rings from her signature “Eden Collection”.  These are full of bright colors and erotic designs.  The intricate detail and meticulous use of color is breathtaking.  This year, she released her fantastic snake midi rings and pendants.  The texturizing technique along with the precious stones that are incorporated into each piece gives the sense of the serpent skin and catches the light in many different ways.  

Simona is a true innovator, she is constantly challenging herself to create new and interesting pieces using experimental techniques.  Her signature, sculptural handbag is created using her proprietary design known as “Anima”.  Simona takes the highest quality Italian leather and imported python and lines them with a metal mesh on the inside of the bag.  This allows her to create “memory” bags.  They retain their shape however the user prefers.  They can be collapsed or wrinkled or perfectly geometric.  They are lightweight and sturdy, and always of the most beautiful colors. 

In typical Simona fashion, she is constantly experimenting with gilding techniques and texturizing processes.  From her oversized bags to her small python clutches, she thinks of every detail - the perfect shoulder strap, the jewelry inspired closures, her signature double zipper and her silver 925 pulls shaped like the foot of a wolf.

I feel truly humbled to have Simona’s work in the Lesetta Collection.  When I set out to establish a brand of curated high quality, high fashion, small production accessories from skilled designers around the world, I had no idea the artisans and works that I would come across.  Simona epitomizes the high Italian standard of material and design and the Lesetta brand values. As is the tradition among the best Italian designers - training in the oldest skills and access to the best raw materials allows for both innovation and beauty in all of the final works.  Simona’s work is no exception and she is truly a Maestra of Italian fashion.

Python Anima Belt

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy More styles available

$450

Python Anima Belt - Lesetta
Python Anima Belt - Lesetta
Python Anima Belt - Lesetta
Python Anima Belt - Lesetta
Python Anima Belt - Lesetta
Python Anima Belt - Lesetta
Python Anima Belt - Lesetta

Silver Moon Pendant with White Diamond

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy

$495

Silver Moon Pendant with White Diamond - Lesetta
Silver Moon Pendant with White Diamond - Lesetta

Anima Shopper

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy More styles available

$1,195

Anima Shopper - Lesetta
Anima Shopper - Lesetta
Anima Shopper - Lesetta

Python and Diamond Cuff

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy More styles available

$425

Python and Diamond Cuff
Python and Diamond Cuff
Python and Diamond Cuff
Python and Diamond Cuff

Tahitian Pearl Ring

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy More styles available

$425

Tahitian Pearl Ring
Tahitian Pearl Ring

Tahitian Pearl Earrings

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy

$495

Tahitian Pearl Earrings
Tahitian Pearl Earrings

Silver with White Diamonds "Pearl" Pendant

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy

$595

Silver with White Diamonds "Pearl" Pendant
Silver with White Diamonds "Pearl" Pendant

Eden Snake Pendant with Rubies

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy

$875

Eden Snake Pendant with Rubies
Eden Snake Pendant with Rubies
Eden Snake Pendant with Rubies

Grande Snake Midi Ring

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy More styles available

$495

Grande Snake Midi Ring
Grande Snake Midi Ring
Grande Snake Midi Ring

Medio Snake Midi Ring

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy More styles available

$475

Medio Snake Midi Ring
Medio Snake Midi Ring

Piccolo Snake Midi Ring

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy More styles available

$425

Piccolo Snake Midi Ring
Piccolo Snake Midi Ring

Silver “Pearl” Pendant

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy

$375

Silver “Pearl” Pendant
Silver “Pearl” Pendant

Silver Circle Necklace

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy

$395

Silver Circle Necklace - Lesetta
Silver Circle Necklace - Lesetta

Tahitian Pearl Pendant Necklace

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy

$395

Tahitian Pearl Pendant Necklace - Lesetta
Tahitian Pearl Pendant Necklace - Lesetta

Silver and Black Diamond "Pearl" Necklace

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy

$425

Silver and Black Diamond "Pearl" Necklace - Lesetta
Silver and Black Diamond "Pearl" Necklace - Lesetta
Silver and Black Diamond "Pearl" Necklace - Lesetta

Coral Pendant

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy

$350

Coral Pendant - Lesetta
Coral Pendant - Lesetta

Coral Mono Earring with White Diamond

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy

$295

Coral Mono Earring with White Diamond - Lesetta
Coral Mono Earring with White Diamond - Lesetta

Silver and Black Diamond Drop Pendant

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy More styles available

$550

Silver and Black Diamond Drop Pendant - Lesetta
Silver and Black Diamond Drop Pendant - Lesetta
Silver and Black Diamond Drop Pendant - Lesetta

Rose Gold Moon Pendant with White Diamond

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy

$1,175

Rose Gold Moon Pendant with White Diamond - Lesetta
Rose Gold Moon Pendant with White Diamond - Lesetta

Silver Moon Pendant with Black Diamond

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy

$395

Silver Moon Pendant with Black Diamond - Lesetta
Silver Moon Pendant with Black Diamond - Lesetta

Wood & Leather Necklace

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy More styles available

$450

Wood & Leather Necklace - Lesetta
Wood & Leather Necklace - Lesetta
Wood & Leather Necklace - Lesetta

Piccolo Silver Moon Ring with White Diamond

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy More styles available

$550

Piccolo Silver Moon Ring with White Diamond - Lesetta
Piccolo Silver Moon Ring with White Diamond - Lesetta

Piccolo Silver Moon Ring

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy More styles available

$325

Piccolo Silver Moon Ring - Lesetta
Piccolo Silver Moon Ring - Lesetta

Medio Silver and Yellow Gold Ring

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy More styles available

$775

Medio Silver and Yellow Gold Ring - Lesetta
Medio Silver and Yellow Gold Ring - Lesetta
Medio Silver and Yellow Gold Ring - Lesetta

Medio Silver Ring

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy More styles available

$375

Medio Silver Ring - Lesetta
Medio Silver Ring - Lesetta

Grande Silver Ring with Rose gold

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino and Tuscany // Italy More styles available

$975

Grande Silver Ring with Rose gold - Lesetta
Grande Silver Ring with Rose gold - Lesetta

Grande Silver Ring

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy More styles available

$400

Grande Silver Ring - Lesetta
Grande Silver Ring - Lesetta

Python Short Vest in Black Gold

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy

$1,795

Python Short Vest in Black Gold
Python Short Vest in Black Gold

Oversized Python Anima Bag in Silver Dust

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy

$3,995

Oversized Python Anima Bag in Silver Dust - Lesetta
Oversized Python Anima Bag in Silver Dust - Lesetta
Oversized Python Anima Bag in Silver Dust - Lesetta
Oversized Python Anima Bag in Silver Dust - Lesetta

Python Clutch Crossbody in Black & Gold

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy

$1,795

Python Clutch Crossbody in Black & Gold - Lesetta
Python Clutch Crossbody in Black & Gold
Python Clutch Crossbody in Black & Gold - Lesetta

Python Clutch Crossbody in Boreal Gold

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy

$1,795

Python Clutch Crossbody in Boreal Gold - Lesetta
Python Clutch Crossbody in Boreal Gold - Lesetta
Python Clutch Crossbody in Boreal Gold - Lesetta

Anima Printed Ray Wallet in White Sand

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino and Tuscany // Italy

$875

Anima Printed Ray Wallet in White Sand - Lesetta
Anima Printed Ray Wallet in White Sand - Lesetta
Anima Printed Ray Wallet in White Sand - Lesetta

Anima Wallet in Camel

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino and Tuscany // Italy

$795

Anima Wallet in Camel - Lesetta
Anima Wallet in Camel - Lesetta
Anima Wallet in Camel - Lesetta

Anima Printed Ray Handbag in Jade

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino and Tuscany // Italy

$1,950

Anima Printed Ray Handbag in Jade - Lesetta
Anima Printed Ray Handbag in Jade - Lesetta

Mini Anima Handbag

Simona Tagliaferri
San Marino & Tuscany // Italy More styles available

$1,150

Mini Anima Handbag
Mini Anima Handbag - Lesetta
Mini Anima Handbag - Lesetta
Mini Anima Handbag - Lesetta

Oversized Anima Bag in Red

Simona Tagliaferri
Tuscany // Italy

$1,895

Oversized Anima Bag in Red
Oversized Anima Bag in Red
Oversized Anima Bag in Red

Oversized Anima Chocolate Gold Bag

Simona Tagliaferri
Tuscany, Italy and // San Marino

$2,550

Oversized Anima Chocolate Gold Bag - Lesetta
Oversized Anima Chocolate Gold Bag - Lesetta
Oversized Anima Chocolate Gold Bag - Lesetta