High Point, N.C. - Leather specialist Lazzaro Leather has created a special pink woman's handbag to help support the work of the City of Hope, a leading cancer and diabetes research and treatment center based in Duarte, Calif.

Starting at the October High Point Market, Lazzaro will donate a portion of the sales of its new pink handbag, and all other models in its new handbag line, to the City of Hope on an annual basis. Lazzaro Leather will present the research center with a check each October in honor of family members, employees and business partners who are fighting or who have lost loved ones to cancer.

"Supporting a cure for cancer is a personal passion of mine, as cancer has been and continues to be a devastating disease that has plagued my family," said Lauri Cryan, president of Lazzaro Leather. "I have also stood with many of my co-workers, customers and friends, because this disease not only robs us of loved ones and their dignity, but it also takes a huge toll on those who witness the tragedy. It truly is time for a cure. City of Hope has done so much in their fight against cancer, and I am proud to play a very small role in the important work they do."

After a successful preview at the April market, Lazzaro Leather is launching a comprehensive handbag program at the fall High Point Market designed to create additional in-store traffic and sales for conventional furniture retailers as well as add-on business for e-commerce specialists. The program features more than 50 leather purses, portfolios, briefcases, wallets and backpacks, in colors ranging from distressed browns and tans to vibrant reds and blues. Styles include a variety of classic shapes and silhouettes, with pricing in the upper-medium range.

The new line is being marketed under the AYLazzaro brand. Lazzaro Leather exhibits during the Oct. 17 to 22 High Point Market in a new showroom in the International Home Furnishings Center's Commerce wing, Space 1003.

About Lazzaro Leather

Lazzaro Leather is the exclusive distributor for the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica of Guangdong Lazzaro Sunton Leather Goods, a 26-year-old leather tannery and quality furniture manufacturer located in Shunde, China. The frames of Lazzaro's upholstered furniture and other furnishings are constructed of kiln-dried birch hardwood indigenous to the Shunde area that is virtually knot free and bolted for stability. Lazzaro uses only 100 percent U.S. cowhide in its tannery - covers that are known for being larger and having fewer defects. Lazzaro offers solid-color leathers with a slight waxy hand for its more contemporary designs as well as vintage antiqued leather finishes for more traditional models. Since the company tans its own hides, it is able to monitor the quality in all facets of the tanning process to ensure consistency as well as quality finishes.

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