About Bracaletti: Foreword

Roberto Sacal is the creative force behind the Bracaletti collection of fine leather goods and jewelry, but he — along with his team, Shawn B, David A, Rafael A, Guillermo A. and Charles G. — are also caretakers of a legacy that stretches back decades and spans generations. Bracaletti "was the name of my father's jewelry store when he was 27," says Sacal. "It was meant to be a pronounceable portmanteau of the Italian words for "bracelet" and "cuff links" — bracialetto and gemelli." In fact, I first met Sacal, in New York, at his debut presentation of what’s come to be a signature collection of exactly those items, bracelets and cuff links (plus a spectacularly handsome money clip).. I also learned that Sacal's Mexico City factory is home to an extended family of artisans, some with links to an older brand known as Casa Aries, which Roberto's father, Rafael, once owned and helped make world-famous. At its peak, Casa Aries was known for its luxurious leather backgammon sets — the Kennedys owned one — but, by the first decade of the 21st century, its scope had been reduced to the manufacture of office products. At which point, Roberto stepped in, and picked up where his father left off.

Despite his pedigree, the younger Sacal hadn't planned on designing accessories. True, he spent much of his childhood running around his father's factory; but when it came time to choose a career, he majored in political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and parlayed his passion for technology into a career at Apple Computers. Then, in 2012, a new idea took hold, as Rob sought more creative forms of self expression. In partnership with Shawn B. (his neighbor at the time) and the Mexico City factory team, he founded Bracaletti and — working late nights and early mornings in his spare time — designed the silver cuff links and bracelets, made in New York, that still form the core of the collection. "I wanted my business to pay homage to my dad's," he says. But this concept quickly morphed into something grander, based on Rob's observation of the marketplace. "Women have more adventurous taste than men," he says, explaining his expansion into handbags, clutches and other small leather goods (in addition to the fine men’s belts and other accessories he was already producing). "If I'm going to pour my heart and soul into something, I want to do it in the most powerful arenas.” This meant turning to his factory's team of artisans — and going back to his roots.

Today, Rob Sacal and Bracaletti are based in New York, but the Mexico City atelier is still the heart and soul of the company. Rob works with his craftsmen to develop three stages of prototypes for every design, and he relies on their knowledge and expertise to help him realize each element, including all of the brand's signature hardware. This "ah-hah” quality of uniqueness — of recognizability — is important to Sacal: his favorite childhood memory is of visiting the Houston Galleria with his father, and spotting a woman carrying a handbag designed by his dad. "At Bracaletti, I’m CEO, designer, bookkeeper, accountant and importer," Rob explains. "This company is my full-time hobby, and it's something that I love doing. I'm happy selling my designs to family, friends and anyone else who truly appreciates them." Rob pauses, as his thoughts shift away from his musings to the business at hand. "I never want that to change. When you divide things up too much — become too big — you lose the soul of the company." I suspect there’s no danger of that ever happening: in the years I’ve known Rob, I’ve seen his collection expand in ways that can only be described a organic, with one product giving rise to the next. Meanwhile, thanks to Sacal’s perfectionism, Bracaletti remains an insider's secret, passed from one connoisseur to another. Consider this your invitation to join the club.

Mark Grischke
Style expert, art director and writer, ShowBoats International, 1010 Park Place and Fashion As a 2nd Language, and former creative director, ForbesLife

Mark received his B.A. in anthropology from Columbia University, but earned the equivalent of a fashion Ph.D. working at Vogue with some of the world's most demanding editors: Derek Ungless, Anna Wintour, Polly Mellen and Alexander Liberman. He went on to produce fashion portfolios photographed around the world, and to write about a range of topics for the discerning consumer; his stories have explored everything from Cartier's high-jewelry ateliers to the making of a new Hermès fragrance. He currently lives in Manhattan, where he works as a market editor, creative director and writer. English is his native tongue, and, having studied in Paris, he has a (shaky) command of French, but he's fluent in Fashion as a 2nd Language.

About Bracaletti: Foreword

2015 line-sheets

Gaia Clutch

Genuine Croc in matte black outside, premium Tan leather inside. Hardware is plated in the same high-grade silver or 24k rose gold specifications as our jewelry collection, including the 46" chain with matching Croc shoulder piece.

Style: Black Croc
Model Numbers: GC001S, GC001R

Gaia Clutch

Genuine Croc in matte nubuck style blue outside, premium black finished- leather inside. Hardware is plated in the same high-grade silver specifications as our jewelry collection, including the 46" chain with matching Croc shoulder piece.

Style: Blue Croc
Model Number: GC002S

Gaia Clutch

Genuine, premium leather both inside (Tan) and out (Matte Black). Hardware is plated in the same high-grade silver or 24k rose gold specifications as our jewelry collection, including the 46" chain with matching leather shoulder piece.

Style: Smooth Black
Model Numbers: GC003S, GC003R

Gaia Clutch

Genuine, premium leather both inside (Tan) and out (Hot Red). Hardware is plated in the same high-grade silver specifications as our jewelry collection, including the 46" chain with matching leather shoulder piece.

Style: Red
Model Number: GC004S

Gaia Clutch

Genuine, premium leather both inside (White) and out (Pure White, zebra grain). Hardware is plated in the same high-grade silver or 24k rose gold specifications as our jewelry collection, including the 46" chain with matching leather shoulder piece.

Style: White
Model Numbers: GC005S, GC005R

Gaia Clutch

Genuine, premium leather both inside (Tan) and out (Pebbled Dark Brown). Hardware is plated in the same high-grade silver as our jewelry collection, including the 46" chain with matching leather shoulder piece.

Style: Chocolate
Model Number: GC006S

Gaia Clutch

Genuine Python, un-pressed, in matte black outside. Tan finished-leather inside. Hardware is plated in the same high-grade silver specifications as our jewelry collection, including the 46" chain with matching shoulder piece.

Style: Matte Black Python
Model Number: GC007R

Nyx Evening Bag

Genuine Croc in soft-touch, nubuck-style, matte black or blue. Smooth Leather in Hot Red or Black. Premium tan leather inside. Hardware is plated in the same high-grade silver or 24k rose gold specifications as our jewelry collection, including the 46" chain with matching Croc shoulder piece. Blue & Red are only offered with silver hardware.

Styles: Soft (nubuck-style) Croc, Smooth Leather
Colors: Leather: Black, Red, Croc: Soft Black, Soft Blue
Model Numbers: NE001S, NE001R, NE002S

Diosa handbag

Versatile bag, Tan Finished-Leather interior and Rose Gold Hardware. Rose Gold snap-hooks on the shoulder and back leather straps.

Styles: Pebbled Leather, Matte Croc
Colors: Leather: Black (001), White (002), Croc: Matte Black (003), Matte Brown (004)
Size:

Diosa mini: Height (9”), Width (9.3”), Depth (4.75”). Diosa: Height (11”), Width (12”), Depth (6”)

Model Numbers: D001Rm, D001R, D002Rm, D002R, D003Rm, D003R, D004Rm, D004R

Madonna handbag

Natural Leather in Black. Genuine Croc in soft-touch, nubuck-style, matte black or brown. Premium tan leather inside. Hardware is plated in the same high-grade silver or 24k rose gold specifications as our jewelry collection. Croc offered only with Rose Gold.

Styles: Natural Leather, Matte Croc
Colors: Leather: Black (001, Croc: Soft Touch Black (002), Soft Touch Brown (003)
Model Numbers: M001S, M001R, M002R, M003R

Primera cuff bracelet

Our cuff bracelets measure six inches, with a one-inch opening, for a seven inch oval circumference.

Styles: 24k Rose Gold, Silver
Model Numbers: PM01R, PM01S

Vigora cuff bracelet

Styles: 24k Rose Gold, Silver
Size:

Our cuff bracelets measure six inches, with a one-inch opening, for a seven inch oval circumference.

Model Numbers: VM01R, VM01S

Rota bangle

Style: Rota is available plated in our specially crafted 24k Rose Gold, and Silver. And can be selected in any of three sizes. Rota can also function as an elegant high arm or bicep bracelet.
Size:

Bangle Circumference: Small (6″), Medium (7″), Large (8″)

Model Numbers: RS01R, RS01S, RM01R, RM01S, RL01R, RL01S

Rota Deux bangle

Style: Rota Deux is available plated in our specially crafted 24k Rose Gold, and Silver. And can be selected in any of three sizes. Rota can also function as an elegant high arm or bicep bracelet.
Size:

Bangle Circumference: Small (6″), Medium (7″), Large (8″)

Model Numbers: RDS01R, RDS01S, RDM01R, RDM01S, RDL01R, RDL01S

Rosa Cuff Bracelet

Rosa is cast from solid Sterling Silver (.925) and then polished for high shine

Style: Sterling Silver .925
Model Number: R01SS

Beau Cufflinks

A large, hand-cut, Black Onyx stone serves as the centerpiece of our first cufflink. Available in Sterling Silver (.925), which we then plate in Rhodium to help prevent tarnishing.

Style: Sterling Silver .925
Model Number: b01a

Beau Galant cufflinks

Available in Sterling Silver (.925), which we then plate in Rhodium to help prevent tarnishing. Five hand-cut black onyx stones in each cufflink.

Style: Sterling Silver .925
Model Number: b01b

Deux cufflinks

Available in Sterling Silver, which is then plated in Rhodium to help prevent tarnishing. Features two hand-cut black onyx stones in each cufflink.

Style: Sterling Silver .925
Model Number: b02

Valhalla cufflinks

Available in Sterling Silver, which we then plate in Rhodium to help prevent tarnishing. Or in Vermeil, Sterling Silver plated with 18k gold.

Styles: Sterling Silver .925, Vermeil
Model Numbers: b04a, b04b

Czar cufflinks

Czar is available plated in our specially crafted 24k Rose Gold, and Silver. Features a black or blue croc leather centerpiece.

Styles: Blue Croc, Black Croc
Model Number: b03a, b03b

Money Clip

A note clip for cash created from the signature bracaletti arch. Money Clip is available plated in our darker, specially-crafted 24k Rose Gold, and Silver.

Styles: Brass in Silver, 24k Rose Gold
Model Numbers: b03a, b03b

Slim Croc Wallet

An ultra-thin wallet to hold fundamental cards, identifications, and/or some cash. Features a silver-plated arch medallion.

Styles: Matte Black (01), Matte Brown (02), Semigloss Black (03), Soft Brown (04), Soft Blue (05)
Size:

Width (3.75”), Height (2.5”), Depth (0.093”)

Model Numbers: SCW01, SCW02, SCW03, SCW04, SCW05

Slim Card Wallet

An ultra-thin wallet to hold fundamental cards, identifications, and/or some cash.

Styles: Black: Pebbled Leather, Smooth Leather front
Model Numbers: SW01, SW02