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Men’s Leather Belts with Unique Italian Buckles

Men’s Leather Belts with Unique Italian Buckles

The buckles for Rocco Sauvage I found in Florence, Italy some years ago. I bought a small amount of this unique buckles because I loved the craftsmanship so much. They were hand forged by a small family-owned Italian company. I had them in a box in my office for a few years in Seattle. When I moved to San Diego in 2013 I was able to put a small collection together and had the belts handmade in Los Angeles by a friend of mine from Montenegro who has worked in leather for 30 years.

For those of you that know me personally – you know that I had a pug named Rocco Sauvage for ten years. He passed away in 2016 and now the pug we have is Marco. I have been designing leather goods for about 18 years now. My passion for design and premium leather goods is still as strong as ever. For the past three years, I have been heading up a design team at an Israeli/Palestinian fashion brand called Two Neighbors. This job has taken me into even more remote parts of the globe that I never imagined I would travel to. Palestine, in particular, is very interesting and we do the production of bags in Palestine and Israel. Designed by me of course.

I would like to bring Rocco Sauvage back to the front burner..stay tuned for new designs in the future. Remember the costs of my products reflect the premium quality of the buckles and leather that I use. All my products are made from the finest leather I can find.

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

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.

Filipino friends

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 bag

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 walking around near the base of the rock and taking a few photos, I just wanted to get a cold diet coke on ice.  I did not feel any inner zen.   

Finding our inner peace at Bell Rock, Sedona

 

 

 

Was too hot to be Mystic.

 

Each Vortex area I visited was amazing scenery and great for photo ops, but unfortunately I did not have the time to find inner peace.   I am not saying it is not possible, maybe leaving the family at home and going on a solo spiritual trek would do the trick.  I also might sign up for one of those “Pink Jeep Tours” and a 90 minute massage and skip the energy healer.

After 3 nights and many junk shops, art gallery visits and Vortex stops we headed home back across the desert.   It was the stop in Gila Bend, Arizona where I finally found a Vortex of a different kind.

Gila Bend is a half dead ghost town on the side of the highway in between Phoenix and San Diego.  There is not much there except for a few shabby looking mid century style hotels and a few decrepit boarded up commercial buildings.   It is really nothing to look at.  We stopped to eat at the Space Age restaurant.  It was something out of the twilight zone.   Once inside, the Vortex was even stranger.  The sign on the side of the highway boasted about their salad bar.   The salad bar consisted of old lettuce, Green Jello, and Garbanzo beans for $3.95.   The green jello matched the 1960’s feel of the place.   Everyone in the restaurant was odd and it was the weirdest place I have been in a long time.  It took them 45 minutes to make toasted cheese sandwiches and fries.   Not sure what alien was working in the kitchen but who serves green jello and cottage cheese as a side in 2014?  I did not find my vortex in Sedona, but I found it in Gila Bend, Arizona.   (Sorry I did not get any photos of the salad bar for your viewing pleasure).

 

The real Vortex. Gila Bend, Arizona

 

The only Vortex here was found in the green jello at the salad bar!

I will get on the road again, hopefully not in the old Jetta, like the old saying goes…..

 

Photo taken by Tara Sauvage.  Highway 8, Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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

 

 

Who is Rocco Sauvage?

Who is Rocco Sauvage?

We love Rocco! Actually Rocco is the name of my fawn colored pug.  He sleeps in my office most of the day!  Coming up with the brand was not that big of a challenge as I love the name Rocco and I love my last name, so its was a great fit.

Thanks for checking out our blog!  Stay tuned!

Ciao!

Rocco