Style icon, Audren Hepburn, said something that I think everyone can agree with, “Paris is always a good idea.” It’s so true! Paris is ALWAYS good idea, especially in the vast world of fashion and handbags. Lancaster Paris was founded in 1990 and established itself as one of France’s leading fine leather accessory collections. Their bags are favorites amongst European fashion editors, and are featured in spreads for Grazia, Biba, L’Officiel as well as the French editions of Marie Claire, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, and Elle.
In early 2001, fashion stylist Laura Dotolo found that most designer bags focused on giant logos and signature patterns stamped all over them rather than the actual form and function of the bag. This inspired Laura to start Clutch Bags, her own line that focuses less on a designers image and more on a woman's needs! Clutch Bags draws on her New England sensibility and inherited Italian aesthetic. Bagistas, you can count on Clutch Bags to keep you looking your best while carrying your treasurables!
I try not to play favorites, but I can't help it! The Dareen Hakim Collection is going to be taking over my wardrobe, and I can offically die a happy bagista! Dareen Hakim is one of the most inspirational designers and perhaps the smartest. Graduating from Harvard Business School, Dareen pursued a career in finance, yet realized her true passion was in the fashion world, particularly handbags. Dareen incorporates the magical finesse of Lebanese design in each handbag and gives them their own unique twist.
Bagistas of today live in a world of all things modernized… Our phones, cars, music, etc. So why not modernize every aspect of your life, including your handbag! GUNAS, a bold and sophisticated handbag company, was started by co-founder and designer, Sugandh. Her background in industrial design is evident in all of the handbags created. Their sleek and modern look is refreshing, futuristic, and bold!
Jenna Lindemann, founder and owner of Lindemann's Totes, has a unique twist on totes! Her talent for sewing and design has allowed her to do what many designers strive for, not only to design but to manufacture her own handbags. The most notable aspect of these handbags is the attention to detail for the fabrics and textures. Jenna takes care to focus on the fabric and patterns to ensure that the handbags are each getting their own touch of individuality.
Modern day wonder woman, Jacki Easlick, has done it all! Between designing for respected brands like Stella McCartney, Nine West, and Steve Madden, being the Design Director for Kenneth Cole Productions and Vera Bradley, and designing for pop culture icons such as Hello Kitty, Hilary Duff, and The Kardashians, there is nothing this woman can’t do. But wait… There’s more! Jacki Easlick’s fashion accessory line gives their proceeds to orphanages and women in need, in countries around the world.
Lauren Flury,an upcoming designer who's focus is to create bags that are both practical for the work environment as well as your everyday needs, shows us that dreams really can come true. Starting as a real estate agent, Lauren quickly realized that creating handbags with her best friend; and mother, Shirley, was her real passion, and thats exactly what she did. After realizing that a suitable handbag was their main goal, designing quickly became their only focus.
Elise Hope, a luxury handbag line, shows us that being fashionable while staying economical is easy! Each handbag has clean, and classy details with exquisite quality perfect for the everyday woman. It’s very rare to come across contemporary and on-trend handbags that won’t break the bank! Each handbag is made from faux leather and are all animal free and vegan friendly. Elise Hope features handbags in high-end boutiques around the United States in cities like Atlanta, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and Miami!
Looking to stay fashionable while being immersed in exotic cultures? World renowned and globally recognized clothing and accessory company, AdamAlexis creates exquisite handbags with unique details and patterning. Skilled artisans from Latin America and Asia create the handbags by infusing their culture’s motifs and elements. By collaborating with the talented artisans, AdamAlexis supports the economic well being of the local artisan’s communities. Each handbag is made from natural, locally sourced materials perfect for those who want to find a genuine, hand-crafted handbag.
Looking for a bold, bright, and beautiful handbag? Costella Handbags creates unique works of art rather than an accessory to carry daily necessities in. Established in 2007 by Luciana Ellington, a photographer and Brazilian native, who is notorious for her impeccable attention to detail, focuses on creating handbags that are one of a kind. Not to mention the fact that each bag is hand-sewn and created from some of the world’s finest materials!