Benvenuto A Toronto!

- PIQUADRO PICKS TORONTO FOR FIRST NORTH AMERICAN STORE, OFFERING ITALY'S
FINEST TRAVEL & LEATHER GOODS -

TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - Piquadro, the brand that has taken Europe and Asia by storm, has chosen Toronto as its first North American destination.  Well-known for its Italian elegance and intuitive approach to technology, Piquadro caters to the needs of the urban jet-set traveller. With over 100 boutiques around the world, Toronto's Yorkville store offers a wide range of Italian-designed professional leather goods including: luggage, purses, messenger bags, small leather accessories, planners, portfolios, iPad and iPod cases.

"The Piquadro brand appeals to young professionals and executives with an eye for style, quality and performance, and who demand technology-driven products that enhance their busy lives," says Marco Palmieri, President and CEO of Piquadro. "Our decision to open our first North American retail location in Toronto is indicative of the type of customer that we design for: jet set, always on the go and expecting nothing less than excellence in the products they buy."

With a strong economy and a proximity to key US cities, Toronto is one of the largest hubs of business travel in North America. Piquadro's emphasis on detail for the technology-savvy traveller has resulted in products recognized for their design, functionality and durability.

The company's 25 year heritage has led to the perfection of unique leather goods inspired by three core concepts: design, comfort /technology and Italian style.

The Toronto boutique has a distinctly European feel that mirrors the other Piquadro locations around the world. The store's aesthetic was developed by Italian architect Karim Azzabi, who also designed the company's futuristic-inspired headquarter near Bologna, Italy. Piquadro continues to open stores all over the world, having launched its eighth Hong Kong location earlier this summer and plans are underway to expand to more locations in Canada.

Toronto Store Information:

Piquadro
1286 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario
(416) 928-6662
Monday - Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 12pm-4pm
*Piquadro can arrange to ship items across Canada and its products are also sold at select retailers across Canada.

About Piquadro:
Piquadro is an innovative Italian leather goods company specializing in professional and travel items with a clear focus on design, comfort and technology. In all of its collections Piquadro offers a wide range of professional leather goods, purses, luggage, small leather accessories, planners and portfolios. The product's refined style and top quality manufacturing incorporates calculated practicality and reliability for work, travel and the intense pace of modern life.

The Italian leather originates from the Tuscan tanning district and is designed to be aesthetically recognizable, elegant and appeals to the most demanding users who expect nothing less than high quality and performance-focussed products. Piquadro's headquarters are located on the border between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna, in a small town near Bologna and was established in 1987 by Marco Palmieri, the company's president and CEO.

Piquadro products available in over 50 countries worldwide through a distribution network which includes 106 Piquadro boutiques (53 in Italy and 53 abroad). The Toronto Yorkville store is the first Piquadro store to open in North America, with future plans to add additional retail locations. For more information, please visit www.piquadro.ca

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