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Ladies, A change of season calls for a change of bag, giving us a great excuse to go shopping! I spent the warmer months scouring the net for the best new handbag designers. The bags below are works of love from women who spend their days dreaming of totes, clutches and handbags that will become your favorite accessory.
Here's what a reader had to say about the bag she bought from our last Discover New Designers feature:
"I get more compliments on my Posh handbag (Drama Queen city tote) than anything else I own or have ever owned. Cannot go anywhere with it without someone saying how great it is. My doctor—who is 45 year old man—told me it was a great handbag!"
Ivette Deleon, a recent BFA Accessory Design graduate from FIT, interprets the trends in her designs by using classic silos, adding her unique graphic twist, rich color combinations, and shapes, while maintaining an elegant minimalist style made out of 100% leather materials, metal mesh, and screen printing .
She creates handbags for the women who want to make a statement when walking into a room. Her custom made handbags are favorites of stylists for music videos and fashion shows. Prices start at $65.
Visit ivettedeleon.com for more information on her designs and for links to retailers.
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The featured bag is a custom design priced at $185. You can order one by sending an email to [email protected].
Disenchanted with the lack of creativity and uniqueness of handbags in traditional retail environments, Jana Coke started designing handbags for herself. The uniqueness of her chic, feminine designs caught the attention of many women, who requested bags for themselves. After many requests she launched Jana Coke Designs. Choose from an assortment of handbag styles to customize using preppy grosgrain ribbon, feminine cotton prints, and chic embellishments. Your creations are uniquely yours and can not be duplicated!
Special for SheFinds Subscribers: Receive a free cosmetic bag with any handbag order. Enter code "SheFinds" during checkout at janacokedesigns.com.
——————————————————————————– "Squared Away", "Coco Loco" and "Champagne Wishes", $89.25-$147.00 with SheFinds discount available at katydidcollection.com Katydid Collection Created by Dallas designer Katy Messersmith, the
Created by Dallas designer Katy Messersmith, the Katydid Collection provides funky and feminine styles to suit fashionable women of all ages. With fun and interesting designs like "Coco Loco," "Squared Away" and "Disco Dance 'Til Dawn," each handbag allows its owner to make a statement. Available in handbags, totes, clutches and wristlets, the Katydid Collection has been featured in Redbook, Modern Luxury, Melissa Rivers' Half Birthday Bash and more! Check out "Champagne Wishes" and "A Pretty Penny" metallic leather bags in the new fall line at katydidcollection.com. Stay tuned for a new HOT Tote/Diaper Bag making its debut at the end of September.
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Handbag designer, Orean Collier says,"it's all about the handbag!" She likes to design bags for the woman who has a sophisticated, fun carefree lifestyle.
Orean began making her own bags because she wanted more unique styles than what she found on the shelves at the store. Whether she uses feather boas or just plain hardware, her bags are sure to get noticed.
See the entire collection at dalonoriginals.com.
Driven by her desire to create handbags that are bold in design yet still classic, Renee Patrice Castronova launched her own collection, Renée Patrice, in 2002. Functionality and exclusivity are both important elements to Renee's concept. This is why there are only a limited number of her inventive totes, shoulder bags, cosmetic and clutch bags produced every season.
Scheduled for a holiday 2004 release, the Renée Patrice "One of a Kind" Collection will offer an even more distinct line of luxury items created with fabric and hardware not widely available. Take a Renée Patrice to lunch for a chic and sophisticated look that can carry you well into the evening.
Shop online for Belle Bags at shysiren.com – use code "SHEFINDSBAGS" for 10% off your entire order. Free shipping on orders over $100.
Visit bellebags.com for more info about custom bags, monogramming, wedding bags, or group pricing for your club/organization.
Searching for a handbag that is an extension of your personality? Look no further than Belle Bags. Designer and sole creator, Amy Holzman, does just that. Most handbags are truly one-of-a-kind creations decorated with whimsical trim of beads to feathers, with a variety of stylist handles from bamboo, beaded and acrylic in fun colors. With arm candy as sweet as this, you fashionistas must check this line out!
1154 LILL STUDIO, is the original custom handbag line that you can design yourself! Designer Jennifer Velarde created the line and concept over five years ago as a natural extension of her search for creativity and independence from her corporate design job. She loved seeing colors, patterns and textures come together as a handbag – and she wanted to bring this creative outlet to others.
Now, she encourages customers to mix and match fabrics, options and styles to custom create a one-of-a-kind LILL Bag that is truly all about them! New fabrics are introduced every few weeks both online and in-store to ensure fresh selections and unlimited bag combination possibilities. You're going to love your LILL Bag!