You’ve got to love Leonardo da Vinci, artist, inventor, scientist, all around genius and now fashion designer….

Da Vinci’s fashionable foresight

Legendary Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci has inspired a limited edition handbag produced by luxury fashion label Gherardini of Florence.

The bag is named La Pretiosa, or ‘precious’ after a sketch by da Vinci believed to date back to the late 15th century. The design was discovered by da Vinci scholar Carlo Pedretti in 1978 and is believed to have been drawn by the world celebrated artist and inventor around 1497.

Alessandro Vezzosi, director of the Museo Ideale di Leonardo da Vinci, in the artist’s home town of Vinci has reconstructed the drawing, and Gherardini of Florence has now reinterpreted the centuries old sketch and created the ultimate vintage handbag.

The company has produced just 99 in over 100 years of fashion design.

The ultimate vintage bag, inspired by 15th century design.

The handbags are made of calfskin and brass, and are being sold along with a book on da Vinci.

The company, founded in 1885 by Garibaldo Gherardini , produced the bag to coincide with the Pitti menswear fashion show which opened on Tuesday.