Coach, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobsâ€¦ Joy Gryson? Think one of these things is not like the others? Youâ€™d be wrong. Joy Gryson has been the mastermind behind some of the hottest It Bags out there (do Jacobsâ€™ Stella, Sofia, and Zoe styles ring any bells?), and sheâ€™s finally stepping out of the shadows of big-name labels and striking out on her own. Grysonâ€™s debut collection uses luxe fabrics like Italian leather and suede and focuses on classic, retro lines. When Gryson left Marc Jacobs, where she was director of design and development for handbags and accessories, she realized how tough it was for the average working girl to afford the hot handbags they deserved, and her goal of making luxury more approachable is one we can all cheer for.
Her roomy Skye bag, in white, black, or chocolate leather, boasts a funky, â€˜60s-esque shape, braided handles, and (for those of us who have our hands full with cell phones, organizers, lattes, lipstick) a fold-down shoulder strap.
Skye comes in two sizes; the medium sells for a no-need-for-a-second-mortgage $695 at NeimanMarcus.com.