by Stephen Garner

Aviteur, the Italian luxury lifestyle brand by Patricia Gucci, has launched the Cristallo Weekend Bag collection. Available in two sizes, the Cristallo is named after the prism-shaped clasp, carved from a solid block of Aviteur’s trademark Lucite.

These new additions to the Aviteur product family follow the launch of the Carry-On introduced at the end of last year, combining innovation with superlative design and craftsmanship.

The Cristallo Weekend Bag, which retails for $2,300, is a lightweight overnight bag in the classic “Boston” shape, the Cristallo has two independent zip compartments for a laptop, clothing, and accessories. Made from the finest quality calfskin leather and lined in luxurious Alcantara, it is the perfect complement to the Aviteur Carry-On.

And, the Cristallo Maxi Weekend Bag, which retails for $2,700, is an elegant yet practical piece of luggage designed for short trips and large enough to fit a few days’ worth of clothing yet compact enough to stow in overhead compartments. Both products are supplied with the trademark “intreccio” luggage tag and shoulder strap, available in three colors: walnut, grey and black.

As the only granddaughter of Guccio Gucci, founder of the world-famous Gucci brand, Patricia Gucci has fashion and design in her DNA. When her father Aldo (who would turn Gucci into a global name) was a young boy, his father placed a swatch of leather under his nose and said, “This is the scent of your future!” Just as Aldo learned from Guccio, so did Patricia from him, becoming the “new face of Gucci” as brand ambassador in the 1980s.

“My father is a constant source of inspiration not only because of what he achieved but because of his attention to detail and quest for perfection,” said Gucci. “‘Quality is remembered long after price is forgotten,’ he is famously quoted as saying, and this is a principle I followed when I set out to create my own brand. In this disposable age, it’s nice to have objects that last a lifetime.”