Our Philosophy

Our bags are designed in California and crafted using the highest quality Italian materials, capturing the rugged beauty and eclectic vibe of the iconic city that is San Francisco.   We  design handbags and fashion accessories that are as functional as they are beautiful, creating heirloom pieces that reflect each individual’s personal style. We partner with family-owned-and-operated Italian tanneries and modern artisans who have mastered their time-honored craft, using the perfect combination of natural tannins to bring out the unique beauty of each and every article. 

How We Craft Our Bags

How We Craft Our Bags

Italian vegetable-tanned leather absorbs the traces of our life, it matures, it becomes more beautiful with wear.  Many of the tanneries we work with are multi-generational crafts people who learned this unique skill from their forefathers.   Tuscany is the land of Renaissance; Tuscany is the area of Italy where the art of vegetable tanning leather skins is centered.    Master craftsmen, repositories of centuries...

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Our Heritage

Our Heritage

Growing up, Lisa Rissetto was surrounded by strong women who cherished great design. Her mother, aunt, and grandmother—all fiercely independent, best friends, generous and nurturing—taught her the importance of having an independent vision, of sharing and connecting with others, a love for things that were both elegant and practical, and an appreciation for the enduring quality of heirloom pieces. Drawn to California by her work...

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San Francisco Roots

San Francisco Roots

It was this quote by musician Paul Kantner that first sparked our imagination as we set out to create a collection of handbags that would capture the rugged beauty and independent spirit of this iconic city. Inspired by the allure and eclectic vibe of San Francisco, 49 Square Miles crafts the highest quality Italian materials into bags that are as functional as they are beautiful...

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