July 2012 marked the opening of the first leather goods and accessories store to open in Porto Montenegro Village – Saddlers Union. Originally a small shop on Rome’s legendary Via Condotti, this Italian heritage brand received its first taste of fame when actress Brigitte Bardot bought one of their signature ‘bucket bags’.
The dolce vita style of the 50′s therefore served as inspiration for the opening party of Saddlers Union Porto Montenegro, held on Saturday, 21st July. Campari soda cocktails, fresh pizzas, mozzarelline and other traditional Italian snacks were combined with hostesses dressed in retro 1950s fashion, elegant Piaggeo Vespas parked outside and a soundtrack of classic Italian hits to help revive the mid-century spirit on Tara promenade.
Guests learnt how Saddlers Union has been a point of reference to the quality-focused Italian elite for decades, winning it a wide circle of admirers, from Jack Lemmon to Virna Lisi, Alberto Moravia to Gianni Agnelli and Jack Palance.