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San Diego Pug Rescue and Rocco Sauvage

San Diego Pug Rescue and Rocco Sauvage

Rocco Sauvage has teamed up with San Diego Pug Rescue.  For each “Rocco Sauvage” leather dog collar or leash we sell we will donate $1.00 to San Diego Pug Rescue!  Sun Diego Pug Rescue www.pugsandiego.com  The Pug Rescue of San Diego County is dedicated to the rescue and placement of homeless pug dogs in our county.  Check out their website for more details about this amazing cause. Rocco Sauvage has Italian leather high quality dog collars and leashes available for extra small to medium dog breeds.  The leashes and collars were designed by Tara Sauvage and made from the highest quality metal and Italian leather.   They are beautiful and built to last.  The dog collars come in two styles, with or without studs.   Each collar features a custom pug pendant with pug face detail. To order go to www.roccosauvage.com Thanks for your support! Ciao, Tara & Rocco  

Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year 2016!

Hi Everyone, Happy New Year!  I have been busy working in Los Angeles for a large apparel company as their Handbag and Accessories Design Director so I have not spend a lot of time on Rocco Sauvage the past year.  It has been a crazy year commuting back and forth between two cities.   I really feel like I could use a vacation. Thanks to everyone who has supported our brand in 2015.  It is customers like you that make small business possible here in the United States.  Someday it would be great to be able to expand the brand to a larger company but right now we are happy with the online store and a few local San Diego collaborations.   We have a few new things in the works for 2016 but no sneak peek available just yet. We want to wish everyone a healthy and happy new year!  Keep us in mind if you are looking for high quality men’s leather goods that are built to last & made in the USA! Cheers, Tara & Rocco (and Marco too)

New Men’s Designers Coming Soon to Rocco Sauvage!

New Men’s Designers Coming Soon to Rocco Sauvage!

Here at Rocco Sauvage we really believe in supporting indie designers.  I have been working with some amazing men’s leather  independent designers, production artists and visionaries.  Men who have created brands out of recycled fire hose, Men who have been working with leather by hand for decades.  Men who are dedicated to the craft.   I want to support my friends and feature their products on Roccosauvage.com.   I believe in their work and they also support me in many ways. I have been working and designing men’s leather goods for the past several years,  What men want is products, that like them, will get better with age.  Men don’t buy bags the same way women do.   Men don’t buy bags to match the color of their dress or based on the trend for the season.  Men buy products that are functional and look manly.   They don’t care so much that Marsala is the hottest color of 2015 or that “fringe” is in and top handle bags are out.   Men buy what they like and they want it to last for a decade.  They want it to look good going to the office or taking their lady to brunch on Sunday.  They don’t want a bag that looks like they are trying too hard or looks anything like a purse. The satchels I am bringing to Rocco Sauvage are going to be unique, hand sewn, rugged leather goods that remind one of the 1940’s and 50’s. Here is a sneak peek of our first style the Milan Satchel.   Support indie designers and men’s brands.  We are not trying to be the next Coach or Michael Kors, we are a few Americans who love design and making things that last. Enjoy our site and check back often for new men’s leather goods, that like you, will get better with age. Cheers, Tara Sauvage Founder/Leather Lover/Man Bag Designer www.roccosauvage.com

Freelance Handbag Design

Freelance Handbag Design

Do you need a handbag or men’s leather goods designer?  Tara Sauvage has over 10 years of handbag design experience.  She can design an accessories design collection from first sketch through to final production.  For more information please go to her website at www.tarasauvage.com to learn more her services in handbag design and production.

The Right Time is Now!

The Right Time is Now!

I just spent 5 days in Las Vegas for the Project trade show.   We featured Rocco Sauvage along with another brand of men’s leather goods.  Our belts got the most attention.  We have really unique buckles that I found in Italy from a very small family owned company.  Many buyers told me they had seen nothing like that at the show.  It helps that I travel far and wide and pick up interesting things along the way.  I went to to Italy in 2010 for a leather trade show and saw the buckles.  At that time I was not even in the market for men’s leather goods and I owned a women’s handbag line.   However, the buckles were so cool that I just had to order a few for a future project.  Now finally they are available and in stock!  I know when I see something amazing, it just takes time to put a brand together and sell a product! As an entrepreneur, I always believe the right time is NOW!  There are a lot of people that want to start their own business or launch a brand, but they wait years hoping that the perfect time will come along sometime in the future.   That is so not me, I believe the perfect time is NOW.   I know the time is going to go by anyway and we are all going to a year old next year, so why not start TODAY?  It might not always make you a million dollars but the best adage is NO REGRETS. Thanks for supporting our small brand and come back soon for more unique items that are built to last!  

Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year 2015!

Time flies very fast.  It has been a year since we launched this website.  We are now working on a new brand that is related to Rocco Sauvage, more or less a sister site called Pendalore.com which means “Commuter” in Italian.  We are showing at The Project Show which is held Feb. 17-19 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.  Some of the Rocco Sauvage leather goods will also be at the show.  Check out our new brand at www.pendalore.com Each new year brings us a little older, wiser and also helps me realize that time is short and we have to do what we want to do when we still have time.   In November I went to the Philippines by myself to visit an old friend.   It was a bit of risk for me to travel alone to a country that is on the DO NOT TRAVEL list by the USA government, but I am not one to listen to warnings.   I have always believed you can’t let fear of the unknown hold you back from doing what you want to do in life. Tara & friends in Panabo, Davao Del Norte, The Philippines. My new years resolution is #Fearless.  I am not sure what that means but I want to live my life more fearlessly in many ways.  I am not going to sign up for Virgin Galactic to fly to moon or anything but in simple ways I would like to be more fearless.  (Ok well if I had millions I might sign up to go to the moon.) Happy New Year and Thanks for supporting small business! Cheers, Tara and Rocco Pendalore Bike bags-launching in 2015

NEW family member

NEW family member

Rocco Sauvage has a new family member.   Introducing our new pug Marco Sauvage.  Marco is a fawn AKC pug puppy.   Check back with us soon for more photos of Marco!    

New Products in Stock! Rocco Sauvage

New Products in Stock! Rocco Sauvage

We have new man products in stock.  Check out our online store for mens slim wallets and small leather goods.  These are made in USA!  To order browse our online store on this site and if you have any questions feel free to email us at roccosauvage@gmail.com   We will get back to you in one business day! Ciao!   Rocco

The Vortex. Arizona. LOL!

The Vortex. Arizona. LOL!

I recently drove  9 hours across the desert from San Diego to Sedona, Arizona.   The drive was the long, boring and hot.  (not sure how else to describe the Arizona desert).   The average outside temperature was 104 degrees.   Driving across the Arizona desert in a 10 year old Jetta after the engine light comes on is not exactly intelligent – but we made it.  We made it after several stops to cool down and to make sure the engine did not overheat.   Over the years I have heard about Sedona being a place for New Age types and a great place to visit.   We met up with my parents in Sedona for the weekend.   I have head all about how the spa treatments in Sedona are a must do.   I did not book in advance so the best I could do was a chair massage, 20 minutes for $30.00 plus tip.   I signed my mom and I up for our mini chair massage.  An older woman was the masseuse and during our short session to tried to explain how energy forces around the body work etc.  Its all about the Vortex.  I was lost after she tried to explain to me about the energy field around my head.   First of all, I needed to define “Vortex.”     What is the definition of “vortex”? The term vortex refers to its less common definition: “A place or situation regarded as drawing into its center all that surrounds it.” In other words, a vortex is a site where the energy of an area is concentrated. Because Sedona as a whole is known to be a spiritual power spot, a vortex site in Sedona is a place where one can feel Sedona’s spiritual energy most strongly.    After our short chair massages, the only vortex I found was in my wallet.    Next, our visit was to some of the tourist places.  Maybe I could find inner peace by visiting some of the famous Sedona spiritual centers.  (not likely with whiny 9 year old in tow)  But first, lets identify them. Chapel of the Holy Cross   Chapel of the Holy Cross.  Are you there God?   What are the commonly identified vortexes in Sedona? The commonly identified vortex areas are:  Airport Mesa. Closest to the Uptown area of Sedona, it offers panoramic views. Bell Rock. Adjoining the Village of Oak Creek, it has an easily identifiable bell- shape formation.Boynton Canyon. Still a site for annual Native American ceremonies, this vortex is off Dry Creek Road in West Sedona and offers the longest hike of the four main vortex sites–up to three hours round trip.Cathedral Rock. Located on Lower Red Rock Loop Road, it is the most photographed site in Sedona. The cathedral-like structure rises above Oak Creek.  Other special places to connect with the sacred energy of Sedona include The Chapel of the Holy Cross, Bell Rock Schnebly Hill, West Fork and the Amitabha Stupa. I did not bring my hiking boots and our group consisted of my retired parents and a 9 year old kid so a 3 mile hike in 100 degree weather was not likely.  We took a drive up to “The Chapel of the Holy Cross” which is a church built into the rock.  It was very amazing architecture but with all the overweight tourists and people taking photos it was hard to find inner peace.   Next we drove out to Bell Rock, this area is supposed to be a Vortex area.  The wind was hot and dry.  After… Read More

New Small Leather Goods Coming Soon!

New Small Leather Goods Coming Soon!

Rocco Sauvage has teamed up with a local leather goods manufacturer to help us make our small wallets and other leather goods for our brand. Stay tuned!  We are excited to add more pieces to our collection with prices starting at $38 on up!

Travel & Fashion Blog

Travel & Fashion Blog

We keep a travel and fashion blog on another website.  Keep up with our latest travel journey and our fashion posts at   www.roccoedante.blogspot.com  We have updated features about our latest trip to Asia and our plans for China expansion!  See you there!  

Rocco Sauvage:  One Night in Bangkok!

Rocco Sauvage: One Night in Bangkok!

I just got back from an amazing trip to Thailand and China.  China was smog city and Thailand was wonderful as always.   Thailand is great for design inspiration with all the beautiful colors of nature and the hundreds of temples.  I am inspired to add a few more items to my mens leather goods line.    In Asia, mostly in Beijing the men are wearing medium sized cross body bags.    I also met with department store owners in China to talk to them about bringing American brands to Chinese departments stores.   Men’s leather goods are taking off all over the world, eventually Rocco Sauvage will expand overseas, but one step at a time. Ciao, TS

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014.  Hope all your dreams come true.  Rocco Sauvage is a work in progress and we invite you along for the journey.  Feel free to stop by and check our blog or subscribe to our updates. Ciao! Rocco    

Rocco Dog Collars Make Adorable Christmas Gifts!

Rocco Dog Collars Make Adorable Christmas Gifts!

Our Rocco Sauvage pet leashes and dog collars make for an amazing high quality gift for your BFF with pets or your furry friends! Each dog collar is made by hand using the finest Italian leathers, and the prices are amazing.  They are available with studs or plain. Each collar features a custom made pendant which is actually a graphic made from Dante The Pug’s photo.   The back of the pendant is inscribed with R & D which stands for Rocco and Dante. Check them out at www.roccosauvage.com Order at least a week before Christmas to get them in time! Ciao, XO Rocco