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Weekend Max Mara's “Pasticcino” bag comes to Japan

First launched in 2016, Weekend Max Mara’s Pasticcino bag takes its name from the Italian word for “little pastry” – its scoop-shaped design in gathered fabric, secured with a small metal frame and ball clasp, is designed to be held in the hand as if you were holding a Cornetto pastries on the morning commute. The style, which recalls the nostalgic glamour of evening bags with clasps from the 1920s and 1930s, has been in constant rotation ever since, reinterpreted in countless variations of colour, pattern, size and material.

In 2022, the “Pasticcino” embarked on a world tour, starting from its hometown of Milan and first heading to Venice, where it was reinterpreted in the city’s sumptuous Fortuny fabrics (still made in Mariano Fortuny’s centuries-old textile factory in an ancient monastery on the Venetian island of Giudecca) and set with candy-like Murano glass closures by Gambaro & Tagliapietra. The tour’s second stop was France, where a guipure lace exterior by Dentelles André Laude captured Paris’ synonymy for savoir-faire. Meanwhile, a faience ceramic closure was made by the earthenware factory Manufacture des Emaux de Longwy, founded in 1789.

Weekend Max Mara's “Pasticcino” bag takes a trip to Kyoto, Japan

One of Bottega Nakamori-Kumihimo’s artisans works on the closures for the “Pasticcino Bag Treasures of Japan”

(Image credit: Courtesy of Max Mara)

This month, the Pasticcino makes the next stop on its journey around the world, landing in Kyoto, Japan, the ancient city long known for its commitment to craftsmanship—from decorative fans and glazed ceramics to woodwork, kimono dyeing, and stone carving. This edition, titled Pasticcino Bag Treasures of Japan, is crafted from the rich and evocative fabrics of Kawashima Selkon Textiles, a company that has been producing silk jacquards for traditional Japanese evening wear and interiors since 1843. The bag is available in six variants and two sizes, each in limited editions, and features a variety of motifs from fluttering birds to blooming peonies, roses, and buttercups.