Stefano Ricci

At a time when brands have become indistinguishable, opines Stefano Ricci, “Most men are forced to express their character through their accessories.” The Stefano Ricci (212.371.3901, www.stefanoricci.com) brand’s pieces are certainly distinctive; most feature crocodile and other exotic materials that are as rare as they are refined. Each of Ricci’s pieces—bags, briefcases, small leather goods, and even baseball caps—is handmade in limited quantities by Florentine leather craftsmen. They work primarily with New Guinea crocodile, a skin that Ricci prefers because of its small, evenly spaced, unblemished scales.