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The ABC of exotic leather

These days it is ever more complex to explain and to introduce to customers the vast world of exotic leather, certainly also due to new trends of life and the connection they have toward the animal world.

For this reason, certain types of products made from the precious leathers of crocodile, alligator, python and ostrich are increasingly viewed with a critical eye by new society, accusing the manufacturers and lovers of this kind of leather to be causing the extinction of such species.

In reality, many ignore the existence of a CITES certificate, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora, held in Washington in 1973, which aims to regulate and monitor the international trade of endangered species; this document is intended, in a seemingly paradoxical way, to protect and ensure the preservation of the ecosystems of threatened species, thus encouraging their reproduction; in particular, species protected by the Convention are classified according to the level of threat of extinction, and therefore, divided into three categories. To this end, it is obligatory to possess a CITES document, applying for it at relevant authorities, to be able to trade to and from Europe with parts of animal species covered by the Convention, or products made from it, such as accessories.CITES

Adhering to CITES and abiding by existing regulations, undoubtedly supports the safeguarding of the habitat of numerous species which unfortunately today are subjected to the threat of their extinction, due to illegality which often characterizes their commercialization.


How does CITES affects our production?

All leathers we work with come, of course, from their places of origin: the American alligator from Louisiana, the crocodile from South Africa, Australia and Asia, pythons from Asia and ostriches from Africa. Continue reading

Sayonara 2016… wilkommen 2017

With tables still laid out for the holidays and glasses still filled with bollicine Made in Italy, it is already high time to take stock of the past year and define the good intentions for the year to come.

2016, for the GLENI family was a year of great change.

Logo di Gleni

First, we permanently stopped the production of bags for third parties with private labels; in this way, we sought to improve and increase the prestige of the GLENI brand.

Next, we discontinued production of handmade shoes for men, focusing on improving the collection of women’s handbags. For those interested, there are still a select few (in limited sizes) available in our online boutique.

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Feast of the Epiphany: Traditions and customs MADE IN ITALY on this special day dedicated to children

The feast of the Epiphany, celebrated on January 6, has always been here in Italy a day charged with feelings and conflicting emotions: on one hand it marks the end of the Christmas season and all the joyful and carefree moments spent in the company of friends and family in front of a good homemade panettone or a glass of Italian sparkling wine; on the other it embodies one of the most anticipated and cherished days by all children as they unquestionably become the main characters of the day. It is the day of gifts and surprises, exciting and unforgettable moments that every child looks forward to throughout the year, a day they are led to euphoria and a boundless joy.

Founded as a religious feast of the Catholic faith – we remember on this day the visit of the Magi Kings to the Christ Child at the cove in Bethlehem and the homage they paid with gifts such as gold, frankincense and myrrh – the Epiphany has become a day of celebration for all children who, since the night before, await with eagerness and anticipation the arrival of the Befana.

Befana Made in Italy

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Bollicine Made in Italy – With what will you toast the arrival of the new year?

Always, in Italy, the friendly moments of celebration and the joy of special occasions are bound and embellished by the bright of colors and brilliance of sparkling wines; the elegant aromas and the liveliness of the foam, enhance the flavors of each paired dish: we may designate wines throughout the meal, as they marry extremely well with cuisine of both land and sea, moving on to cheeses and desserts, being always careful in choosing the most suitable type.

Italy, along with France and Germany, is one of the world’s leading producers of sparkling wine, with numbers nearing around 300 million bottles produced annually.

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Despite the legend saying that the grandfather of quality sparkling wine is Champagne, invented in France by Dom Pierre Pérignon in the seventeenth century, historical records reveal a different reality: in fact, already from the fourteenth century, in the work of the Benedictine Don Francesco Scacchi di Fabriano, “De salubri potu dissertatio“, it speaks of sparkling wine, anticipating what would then be put in place by the French.

At any rate, the Italian territory boasts products of the highest quality, thanks to the combination of soils and microclimates, the generosity of nature combined with the wisdom and experience of the industry. Continue reading

A return to nature. Color of the year 2017

The annual press release regarding the PANTONE color of the year has finally been issued:  the color of the year 2017 will be GREENERY, a color that draws all the vitality and freshness of nature.

The Color Institute itself defines Greenery as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew” and in our opinion it is one of the more evocative descriptions of all time.

Color 2017

Greenery is a lively and vibrant color which recalls the image of the first leaves on the trees, the first stems of the flowers and the smell of a morning meadow, immediately sparking vitality and high spirits in those who observe. Continue reading

The other face of Gleni

There is the other face of Gleni in the new collection that slowly takes place in our windows. Just like the moon, also Gleni has another face, but unlike the most beloved of the star of our universe, we have decided to reveal it, and to do that we have created a new collection, distinct, waiting to be discovered.

We do not renounce the soft and sinuous shaped bags which so far have characterized our unique style, but now we wanted to put them together with bags of clean and minimal lines, made of geometric harmonies lit up by refined and classy hues. High quality bags, marked by the elegant and flawless finishes as those preceding. We could define it as two sisters who – just like different twins – show two sides of the same face, the face of Gleni who already you know and love.Luxury small python handbags by Gleni

New and most valuable are also the interiors, this time made entirely of soft leather in matching tones, precious material that replaces the still fascinating and precious fabric.

Fabric will not be missed in the new collection however, because for the new bags we decided to add an additional accessory: a small scarf from the simple and elegant line. Made in the classic colors that distinguish our brand and with our company logo, this scarf will be an extra detail, an added value or even better a small gift designed just for you. We have it tied to the main handle of the bag, but you can also remove it and fix it in any other place or use it alone: the choice is yours!

But now let’s talk about bags and see more closely how this new collection will be. Trapezoids, rectangles and accentuated corners… you will find many geometric shapes, some large others small. Messenger bags, backpacks, by shoulder or by hand, even the type of bag will suit all tastes, with models for every occasion, versatile and functional, equipped with removable straps and chains to attach and detach depending on the situation. Continue reading

We thank the butterflies


“If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies”


Fortunately, everything changes and butterflies do exist.

Changes play a part in each of our daily lives and also Gleni has chosen to spread its wings and indulge in new life.

Inspired by butterflies and overwhelmed by the desire to spread our wings, we have decided to radically change the background color, going from a dark – albeit beautiful- burgundy to a brilliant white, a symbol of purity and hope for the future.

Lovers of red, however, need not despair: we decided to keep our historic color in the details of the new site – on menu borders and various buttons.

The new layout makes navigating the site, and searching for items, much faster and easier, featuring a preview of the article you are looking for, even before you open it. Continue reading

The Array of Exotic Leather

Trends are ruling the world. Fashion is changing in every season, and every season has its own ‘it’ objects. What about a luxury bag? Do you buy just to accommodate yourself to the new fashion trends or because it is a piece that you will wear for many seasons unlike all the ever-shifting clothes?

Classical luxury handbags will certainly be the main pieces of your closet for many seasons. What makes it so special? Why do we even buy second hand vintage handbags? What makes a bag special is; the combination of unique design, the quality, the craftsmanship and the leather. A leather bag, if a well, it is made from exotic leather, will never look old fashioned for many years. That is why your daughter is using your crocodile bag, that you were wearing in your 30’s. And that is why you spend your money to invest that bag.Luxury exotic leather handbags

More than ever, brands are using exotic leathers as a symbol of luxury, distinction and high-end quality. Of course there are people who does not prefer exotic leather, because of their old fashioned designs. In this moment, Italian design steps in. Italian design which is respected by the world, treats the exotic leather like a jewel, and exotic leather gains modernity and glory that it deserves. That is how you get the perfect luxury handbag that you can use for years. Continue reading

Wallets, what passion!

The life of a woman is every day bombarded with dates, deadlines, appointments and reminder notes that each of us cherish even when the appointment has long since passed.

And where do all of these little notes flock to? Naturally inside of our wallets! Small or large, practical or elegant, the wallet is for us women much more than a simple accessory for storing our cash or credit cards. It is a secret treasure chest within which we find much of our lives, our dearest affections, our most intimate day-to-day.Red python leather wallet Continue reading

What happened in 2015? And what are our goals for 2016?

Even if we are a little late, we decided to make a brief summary of our 2015 and give you a preview of our ideas and our plans for 2016.

In March 2015, Gleni suffered a great loss. After a long battle with cancer, the founder and owner of Gleni passed away, leaving behind a great legacy and a great love for his dream.

Following this moment, we passed an even more complicated period, dictated by bureaucracy. Gleni had to change the company name, abandoning forever the title “Gleni of Arben Qoku” and becoming “Gleni Srl”.

We, however, did not get discouraged by the events and in August, we renovated our boutique in San Benedetto del Tronto (in Via Risorgimento n ° 43 for those interested!), the operational base of all our ideas.

We changed the color, the layout and, in a sense, also the basic concept.

More spacious and “open” to the public, now Gleni Boutique, in San Benedetto del Tronto, has decidedly a look far more luxurious and refined, with sophisticated and elegant details, fit for welcoming princes and princesses of the world.

Gleni Boutique

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