Category: Fashion Stories

Leather Shoes, Handbags & a Famous Murder Trial

By Monica Negri, Monica is a Wardrobe and Image  consultant of Ten Outfits and  has three passions in life – Fashion, Food and Fitness.  All three interweave in and out of her life creating a beautiful balance.

Bronze Leather Wedges with Peep ToeI am lucky to own 3 pairs of Bruno Magli Shoes.  When I think of the upscale brand Bruno Magli I immediately equate that to Neiman Marcus or Saks in which it is going to cost beaucoup bucks for a pair of shoes in the range of $200-$400 unless I get lucky with an end of season sale.  Well I did even better than that because all my Bruno Magli’s were purchased at Buffalo Exchange all under $30.00. Tan Leather Platform ShoesFor a little background history Bruno Magli started crafting women’s shoes in a small basement in Bologna, Italy, in the 1930’s.  The Magli Company developed a franchising retail network which led, in about twenty years, to around 40 “franchises”, around the world.  Magli is now a privately-held upscale brand leader in men’s and women’s footwear, leather clothing, women’s handbags, luggage items, small leather goods, and other accessories.

Red Leather Shoes with Rainbow HeelBruno Magli shoes were in the spotlight during the O.J. Simpson murder trial. An  FBI expert testified that the famous bloody shoe prints at the scene of the double murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman  had been left by a size-12 pair of $230 Bruno Magli shoes (“Lorenzo” model). Simpson called the Brunos “ugly” shoes while denying he ever owned them. Photos were later shown to the jury of Simpson at a football game, wearing shoes positively identified as size 12, Lorenzo-style Bruno Magli’s.  Due to this public awareness, the Bruno Magli name and brand became famous again. On a side note: the company no longer makes the “Lorenzo” model.