It’s February 14. You’re all dressed up in your sexy bodycon dress, your hair is curled perfectly, and your face is framed with dangly diamond earrings that shine as you move. Suddenly, as you’re preparing to walk out the door, you realize that you don’t have a purse to go with your outfit. Talk about a nightmare! We would never wish an accessory crisis on anyone, so to help you get prepared for the big day we have prepared some handy bag accessory ideas from Pixie Mood. Not only does this luxury, cruelty-free, and vegan brand have amazing bags, they have an amazing message as well. Dedicated to producing quality and long-lasting products that are good for the planet, Pixie Mood will guarantee you look your best while feeling your best knowing that your accessories are earth-friendly.
First up on our Pixie Mood must-have list this Valentine’s Day is the elegant Jacqueline Pouch in dusty pink. Doubling as a clutch with its removable strap, this cross body pouch is perfect for those of you who are opting out of the traditional Valentine’s Day colors when it comes to your outfit. Adding this subtle splash of pink to your look will tell those around you that you’re flirty and ready for a great night out. Pair this dusty pink accessory with silver heels and a black dress, and you’re ready to go!
If you’re looking for something a little bigger to hold all of your daily needs, check out the Bethany Tassel Tote. This black and hot pink purse is the perfect size to carry a quick change of shoes, your makeup, and several other items you may need on the go. The dainty tassels give your bag subtle detail while the underlining hot pink color ensures you stand out on your date. And as a bonus, this sleek bag comes with a separate mini-bag inside for your light traveling needs.
Stray from the typical purse design with this unique drawstring bag from Pixie Mood! Aside from its trendy ombre design and adjustable strap closure, the Bernice Drawstring bag is the perfect accessory for your Valentine’s date. Whether you’re heading over to a friend’s house for Galentine’s Day or going out with your significant other on a romantic rendezvous, this bag will be the perfect conversation starter and accessory to any look.
Last on our must-have list from Pixie Mood is the Black Cork Greta Work Tote. While this unique bag is intended for the working woman, it can double as the ideal handbag for your sophisticated and classy date. So whether you’re on the run from work or taking your time to get ready at home this Valentine’s Day, consider completing your Valentine’s look with this trendy cork-styled purse.
It’s safe to say that whatever your handbag needs may be this February, Pixie Mood has got you covered. From your typical purse design to ombrés, corks, and drawstrings, you’ll be sure to be the talk of the night with any of their bag accessories.
When designers Tiffany Wu and Lynn Lu created HEIRLOOM, they had a trendy world traveler in mind. Combining fashion with function, HEIRLOOM was born and has garnered great acclaim since its inception. Here, we chat with Tiffany Wu about the inspiration behind their latest collection and how their lifestyle is reflected in their work.
Cliché: You started HEIRLOOM Bags because you could never find the perfect bag for your traveling lifestyle. Is it safe to say you design your bags with your own personal style in mind? Tiffany Wu: We definitely design our bags with a personal touch. We believe that putting yourself as the user when designing is extremely important because functionality plays such an importance in our daily lives and we want our customers to feel connected to our products and make them feel comfortable. For example, we add a hidden card slot at the bottom of our bags for key cards or subway cards, allowing women to swipe through effortlessly, saving time and staying organized. Our passport holders have slim card slots and multiple currency holders, designed for the world traveler. HEIRLOOM is something that is close to the heart, and a woman’s handbag holds her everyday necessities and knows her the best. We design not only for fashion and style but having functional details embedded within the bag are our core values. We believe in beauty on the inside and out.
You created a capsule collection for laptop bags back in 2014 for Apple. What was that experience like? Would you consider creating another laptop bag collection in the future? We were honored to work with such an innovative company like Apple and work closely with their retail/product team. They believed in our quality and attention to detail, offering products for women that have a demanding lifestyle. The capsule collection was an extension of our main line, created to hold the 13” MacBook with a designated iPad slot and earphone pouch, but can convert into an oversized clutch for a night out. Unlike most “tech” bags, our collection was chic and modern and can be used for other function. How has your heritage and lifestyle played a role in your company message and your designs? As parachute kids and work, we did our fair share of international traveling. This inspired us to design for women like us with demanding work schedules and busy lives without sacrificing on aesthetic. HEIRLOOM’s designs are vogue, enduring, versatile, and fun. We design for modern, independent women like ourselves that seek quality and design without sacrificing on practicality.
Your Twin collection received the 2016 10th Annual Independent Handbag Design Award for Best Overall Design & Style. What inspired this collection and why do you think it resonated with so many people? This collection was actually the first line ever created for our brand. Not only is it named Twin collection for the fact that Lynn is a younger twin, but it also encompasses the core essence of our brand: functional designs that are also unique, sophisticated, and well-crafted. The collection was a product of our blended lives after spending many years living in both U.S and Asia. Our Asian culture influenced our designing of a more proper and structured bag, while our American influence reminded us of the “practical spirit” that every bag must also have. We’ve included in most of our bags functional features such as a dog-clip leather strap for keys, multiple interior slip/zip pockets, and a designated metro card pocket for easy-swipe access. The end product is not only a bag with purpose but also a bag that you can delicately hold as an evening top handle or wear as a cool, chic crossbody bag during the day. I think that’s why people love the bag; it can be your go-to bag for so many different occasions.
Your Spring/Summer 2018 collection is called “Memphis Movement.” What inspired this collection? The Memphis Movement was an impactful design movement in the ‘80s, a generation where we grew up in, drawing inspiration from art deco and pop art. We used a lot of geometric shapes and pops of color, moving away from the minimalism and monotone color palette, which we have incorporated into our SS18 collection with the use of leather layering, exaggerated mirrored hardware, and geometric shapes. We wanted our products to be visually impactful and fresh, and to stand out from what exists in the market.
Our Asian culture influenced our designing of a more proper and structured bag, while our American influence reminded us of the “practical spirit” that every bag must also have.
Which bag from the Spring/Summer 2018 collection is your favorite and why? I love our Memphis Shoulder bag from SS18. It’s really HEIRLOOM’s take on the classic flap shoulder bag. We’ve made it a bit “cooler” with wider side gussets, a wide handle strap with nice buckle detailing, and a generous hardware piece in the middle for a bit of pop. We loved it so much, we designed several versions of the bag, with our signature emboss, mixed trim leathers, and (our favorite) the Spiked version.
Which other collection of yours would you recommend for new buyers? In addition to our signature Twin collection, we would highly recommend the Veronica collection. It’s a classic flap bag with unconventional detailing. Inspired by a jewelry designer friend, we incorporated exotic and luxurious materials on the bag, mixing delicate python with durable cowhide with front zipper detailing and quilting that is feminine and wearable. On the interior, multiple compartments and zipper pockets were designed to keep personal items well organized and divided; a design detail is rarely used in classic flap bags. We added double chain straps that not only can be converted into three different looks but also gives movement and flow when carried.
You also sell a range of accessories on your site, including sunglasses, key charms, and pouches. How does the design process for these accessories differ from the design process of your handbag collections, if at all? When it comes to designing our accessory line, we need to be much more focused and really hone in on what our key design elements are for each season, whether it was color combinations, special trims/leathers, or emboss patterns, and make it work on something much smaller and compact than a regular bag. For example, the size of our signature emboss pattern had to be reworked a few times to make sure it was something that looked good on both handbags and small leather goods. But one thing we always keep in mind when we design anything for our line is that it has to be both functional and fashionable.
What are you working on next? We are working on our Fall/Winter 2018 collection now. It’s still a work in progress, but we are getting really excited about it. You’ll not only see a slight evolution in our signature Twin collection but also some exciting new shapes and some beautiful, rich colorways for the fall season as well.
Fun in the sun has a whole new meaning this summer with our latest fashion find. Colorful, authentic, and reminiscent of paradise, Chila Bags give us all of the summer feels that there ever were. After founder Laura Chica made a visit to the La Guajira desert in northern Colombia in 2013, Chila Bags was created. As shared by the founder herself, “While driving towards El Cabo de la Vela, a paradise-like place, we fell in love not only with the place, but also with the beautiful crafts hand-made by the women of the Wayuu tribe. [We] decided more people deserve to see and wear these colorful, cultural accessories.”
Chica’s inspiration made this incredibly beautiful brand bloom into something that we see as magic. Specializing in bags that are inspired by Wayuu women’s culture and traditions, each design is handmade by Wayuu women. It takes 10-15 days for these one-of-a-kind goods to be crafted, and each Wayuu woman is given the best opportunities to work, provide for their families, and share their culture with others. According to Chica, “The popularity of these bags is a great thing for these women, who sustain their villages’ economy by hand-making these pieces and selling them. They are truly a labor of love.” Through the creation of these bags comes the strength, love, and support that these Wayuu women carry within themselves each day, and in turn, they are given this as well through the growth of Chila Bags.
Each purchase from Chila Bags truly counts and helps sustain the indigenous tribes these women call home. Not only do they make gorgeous bags that we cannot get enough of, but they also handcraft hats and sandals that all pair so perfectly together. Can you think of the next trip you’ll need these for? We sure can!
As we swing these bags in tow along trips to the beach, stay-cations, across seas, and more, we can see the heart put into their design. From the vivid colors to the unique, eye-catching patterns, there isn’t a place in the world that a Chila bag wouldn’t turn heads in. Support the Wayuu tribes and purchase your own Chila bag or accessory at chilabags.com.
Hand bags, purses, satchels, clutches—they have become an essential part of our everyday routine. Whether it’s a quick run to the store or a night out, our trusty purse is in our hands and ready for anything. Trendy clutches and handbags have become daily necessities and not only because they hold every random thing we may need. These fashion-forward must-haves help to redefine our wardrobe and give off a taste of our personality.
Unfortunately, because our favorite accessories are so handy, they can come at a hefty price. Summer means tons of new styles, colors, and designs to gush over and literally get our hands on, but that’s hard to do if they are all super expensive. To make sure you continue to stand out and look your absolute best, we have compiled a list of the top four perfect colorful summer statement bags to keep on your radar that are under $50!
Livie Pom Straw Tote Nothing screams statement bags like colorful pom accessories. At Macy’s, the Livie Pom Straw Tote is making quite the name for itself. With a playful straw outer design, bright handles and matching poms, the tote is the ideal summer bag. Make a name for yourself with the trendy designs and summer-centered look.
A trip to the beach can easily go sour if you don’t plan ahead and pack the essentials. We all know the basics to pack like sunscreen, water, and sunglasses, but after a few trial-and-errors at the beach, we’ve found some tips on how to make the best of your day full of R&R. Check out our beach essentials list that will get you through this summer!
Single Water A Beach Tote, $48, roxy.com
Beach Bag You need the right bag to keep you at ease during your fun day in the sun. A beach bag must be comfortable and practical by keeping your items safe and sand-free. The Single Water A Beach Tote by Roxy has thin leather straps and features a full zipper closure and side zip pocket to store your important items. The bag comes in a blue aztec print fabric with a decorative blue tassel detail on the strap. One huge tip if you are in the market for a new beach bag: do not get fooled by bags with rope style handles. While they may look beachy and festive, the thick rope handles are uncomfortable and dig into your skin, which only feels more uncomfortable after you’ve been in the sun all day.
Spring has officially sprung, and that means it’s time to update your wardrobe with punchy colors, patterns, and new textures. A closet overhaul is every fashionista’s favorite part of Spring, but what if the money you’re spending on a cute new bag could go to a Guatemalan artisan who is trying to send her child to school?
With the help of Mercado Global, you have the best of both worlds! Partnering with 216 artisans, the non-profit brand offers gorgeous loom-weaved bags and accessories in an effort to live up to their mission statement. Mercado Global “empowers indigenous women to break the cycle of poverty by connecting them to international markets, fostering sustainable livelihoods, and pioneering a socially responsible business model within the fashion industry.”
With fast-fashion all the rage, many buyers are thinking about their wallets and less about the global effects of their purchases. Mercado Global offers an affordable opportunity to be more conscious when updating your wardrobe this season. The brand has reached over $3 million in sales that has gone directly to the women who make the bags–and they are fostering a better way of life for the whole community in the process. One of the main goals of the brand is to ensure that their artisan partners all have the opportunities to send their children to school, and so far 99% of their partners have children enrolled in classes.
Mercado Global is about more than empowering women and providing living wages, they aim to improve the quality of life of future generations and help improve the rural Guatemalan communities as a whole. If you still aren’t sold, just wait until you see the bags. Totally on trend for 2017, they are undeniably cute.
Click through to see a few of our favorites, but you can check out the rest of their Spring/Summer collection here.
We are all looking for the perfect bag to meet our everyday needs. From a wide array of styles, materials, colors, and brands, it can be increasingly difficult to find exactly what style it is you are looking for. But what if you could customize your very own bag, already designed from the most premium materials and durable for any outing including sports, travel, and professional environments?
The Vessel brand features all of those options including a user-friendly customizable section to their website where you, too, can help design your perfect bag. And as if all of these features weren’t enough, Vessel also prides itself on its give-back foundation.
Here are some of our favorite must-have bags from Vessel’s Signature Collection:
Vessel’s Signature Large Tote is a gorgeous feminine bag with a sophisticated touch and the perfect amount of room. Seen in the Women’s Golf Journal, the dual handles, interior compartments, magnetic clasp, and padded laptop sleeve makes it easy to travel on the go while staying organized and chic. Found in a large array of colors and patterns, the signature large tote can be paired with any outfit from on-the-go and professional to everyday work and play.
The Signature Large Boston Canvas features a contemporary spin on a classic travelers bag design that can carry your desired items in style. With dual handles and an attachable crossbody strap, the Boston bag redefines traveling in style with a simply causal look. The neatest feature is the bags 300 degree zip shoe compartment and interior slip pockets with padded tech-protected sections. The premium canvas material and genuine leather trim provides the perfect finish to this ideal bag.
Signature Backpack Black/Croc with Waterproof Zippers, $235, vesselbags.com
If you are in the market for a quality, spacious and unique style of backpack, then Vessel is definitely the right choice for you! The brand’s sleek design and high quality material creates an ideal premium carryall for everyone. Featuring a dual zip main compartment, a padded laptop compartment with tech slip pockets, easy access vertical side pockets, as well as a vented bottom zip compartment for wet/dry storage, the Signature Backpack with waterproof zippers is a definite must-have!
One of the coolest features of this brand is their customized bag section allowing you to create the perfect bag uniquely for you! From over 22 colors and seven different materials, the customization process gives you a wide range of options for a one-of-a-kind design. Starting with a blank canvas, you can customize your own backpack, tote, duffle and even your own golf bag to feature whatever colors, materials, logos, quote, or name suits your needs best. So if none of the predesigned options above match your fashion tastes, feel free to create your own personally designed, quality made carrier with Vessel’s easy to use website.
The best part about purchasing a bag from Vessel (aside from the quality and uniqueness of the design) is the brands “Buy a Bag, Give a Bag” foundation. Every time a bag is purchased from Vessel, the brand donates a bag to a child in need. Each bag is lined with a unique inside-tag ID number depicting the current number of backpacks given to a child around the globe. So far, Vessel customers have helped provide over 13,220 backpacks worldwide for children in need of supplies and access to education!
So whether you fall in love with their amazing and spacious designs, or their fun customizable options, know that you’ll be getting the perfect must-have bag while helping a child in need. Sounds like a win-win to us.
Every designer has a story, and Parisa Wang is no exception. Growing up in China, Wang was not encouraged to pursue an art or fashion career of her own. Despite this, Wang chose to chase her dreams and recently launched a successful Kickstarter campaign featuring handbags with a story of their own. We love her designs and her “Love Affair” concept behind her handbags. Read on for an exclusive look behind Parisa NYC!
Cliché: Have you always been interested in fashion? If not, what is the point in your life that really attracted you to this industry and lifestyle? Parisa Wang: I have loved drawing, designing, and fashion since I was a kid. I never knew that I could be a designer, though. Artistic expression was not a warmly accepted ideal during my childhood because the arts were seen as a waste of time and as an impediment to my academic success in China. I didn’t openly pursue art until I attended college in the U.S. However, I always find opportunities to immerse myself in drawing, designing, and creating things growing up. I drafted and created graphic boards and newsletters for schools I attended from fifth grade to high school. While I was getting an Accounting bachelor’s from Miami University, I double majored in Painting to enhance my drawing skills.
Steve Jobs said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” My desire to become a fashion designer never faded entering college and pursing a business degree. Instead, it grew even stronger and deeper.
I could have followed my parents’ insistence and a traditional career path. However, at the end of the day, I could not help but feel empty and lost. I asked myself: is this the path that would make me happy? Will I wake up every morning excited to go to work? Will my work have any lasting value in the world? I imagined what I would tell my grandchildren one day when they asked about my life. I could tell them that I chose a safe and responsible career choice for me at the time, but I would much rather tell them that when I was young, I decided to take a risk to follow my dream and have never looked back since.
What do you think are the biggest trends to pick up on for Fall 2016? I think the biggest trends in the handbag category for Fall 2016 are structured handbags with top-handle detail and mini handbags. The structured look continues to be a popular option if you are looking for more polished and formal handbags. The different variations we have been seeing on the streets and runways are more refined in silhouette, mostly in squared shapes. Adding accented top handle detail like the Stage I – Hooked Lady Bag in the Love Affair collection gives the traditional look a new evolution.
Alice in Wonderland-inspired mini accessories is also very on trend this season. We see many designers scaling down classic handbag shapes and introducing the styles in various color options. In the Love Affair collection, the Stage II – Addicted Cross body bag is shaped like a love potion bottle and can be worn as a wrist wallet or as a cross body bag. The bliss of having free hands is that you can hold his all day long.
Who inspired you most as you started your career in the fashion industry? I was really inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert and her philosophy of living a creative life.
First and foremost, “You don’t need anyone’s permission to live a creative life.”
Secondly, creativity wants to be made and it wants to be made through you. I humbly accept my creativity’s invitation to create and I work hard to turn the idea into reality.
Last but not least, “Onward ever, backward never.” We are what we repeatedly do. I don’t believe in overnight success; at least I don’t think I would be that lucky person.
What are your future plans, specifically in the fashion industry? Any ideas yet on what your next collection will be? After a successful Kickstarter campaign, I plan to focus on reaching out to more consumers. Our customers are the bulk of our business and I value their feedback and opinions the most. I don’t believe in making handbags for mere functionality sake. I make them so that women around the world can hold and showcase a tangible object of strength and beauty.
I plan to work with market fairs, trunk shows, and charity events to spread the story of Love Affair and its message. Inspired by strong women everywhere, I was compelled to continue telling their stories via the Love Affair collection. Future collections will be closely related to our foremost theme: love.
How did you come up with the five stages of love in your Love Affair Handbag Collection? Disappointed in a love affair, I found consolation and empowerment among my group of friends. Overwhelmed by their graciousness and the emotional support I received from these amazing women, I was compelled to spread an equally encouraging and supportive message of hope to others.
The story of a love affair weaves into the design process of the Love Affair line. The idea came so naturally to me because it was a reflection of my own relationship.
What is your favorite handbag you have ever designed? I love the Stage V – Freed Satchel in the Love Affair collection. The design inspiration comes from Lucio Fontana’s spatial painting. The inventive heart-shaped detail comes from a knife mark on the leather. Similar to the idea of turning a breakup wound into a beautiful piece of art that touches people’s heart, I was fascinated to see a broken knife mark turning into an ingenious heart.
What is your favorite material to work with? I like all natural materials, such as leather, woven fabric, and silk. Love Affair handbags are all handmade with genuine leather that ages beautifully. Like a great love, it takes time, effort, and a good care to develop. It will be well worth the wait.
When creating the line, did you have your own personal style in mind, or did you create handbags for a certain type of person? My girls are the four ladies in Sex and the City:
Samantha is ‘Freed.’ She loves him, but she loves herself more. “Oh please, there’s always a competition with an ex; it’s called who will die miserable.”
Charlotte is ‘Hooked.’ She is eager for love and to be loved. “Everything happens for a reason, even if you don’t know what it is yet.”
Carrie’s attitude to love is ‘Boundless.’ “I’m someone who is looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can’t-live-without-each-other love.”
Remember Miranda meeting Steve ‘Halfway’ on Brooklyn bridge? “Relationships are not about playing games. They’re about mature and honest communication.”
An innovative and fashion forward brand, Lauren Cecchi’s bags are transforming the way that women see themselves. With bold colors and shapes, LCNY brought luxury back to the United States with Lauren’s creative approach to the leather bag that serves as a fashion staple for women everywhere. We had the pleasure to delve into the head of the designer, and what we learned made us want to immediately invest. Read on to learn all about her inspiration and what makes her line so special.
Cliché: What was the inspiration for this season’s collection? Lauren Cecchi: The inspiration for the Fall/Winter 2016 collection was definitely inspired by camouflage and the everglades. I travel frequently to Florida to my family’s vacation home and whenever I fly, I always get a window seat so I can stare out the window in awe. I have many pictures from over the years and it only gets more beautiful. Obviously I see a lot of greenery with sand coasts and black waters. I wanted to incorporate these colors into my collection because sand and army green are the new neutral and can blend with any outfit.
What is your favorite piece? My favorite piece has to be the newest style, The Double. It is two bags in one so you can wear it as a shoulder bag or clutch depending on your mood. I love creating new bags to see what my customers gravitate to and I think this bag will be a favorite this fall!
Do you have a muse for your collection, or model it after a specific type of client? I always create new handbags with my customers in mind since they are the ones wearing them! When I am in the design phases, I think, “Where is my customer going? What is she/he doing? What do they want/need in a handbag?” By asking myself these questions, I can dream up what I think they need as their newest addition to their wardrobe. My customers love to travel just as much as I do, so I think that is a major “muse” for my designs: what they will need wherever they go in the world!
If you could define the mood of your brand in five words, what would it be? Classically chic and effortlessly fun.
What is the best part about the design process for you? Besides drawing new designs, I love going to my leather supplier and making new colors and seeing what he has in stock that is new and fun. There are so many textures of leather I didn’t even know existed, like pebbled, perforated, distressed, woven, painted, raw, acid washed, and even bullet holes! I love seeing what they have, then creating my own colors based off my inspiration by what I see and think people will want to wear.
What role does this collection play within the fashion world today? The role I am trying to play in the fashion industry today is you don’t need to travel to Europe to experience luxury. I manufacture all of my handbags in the heart of New York City and believe my quality is top notch. I inspect every stitch, every corner, and every pocket to make sure it is the quality my customers deserve. I also believe my role in the industry is to show you can have a luxurious bag that is versatile. I know people who won’t bring out their nice bags unless it is a nice occasion. I want my customers to wear their bags every day and feel luxurious doing it.
Who do you hope will buy handbags? I hope that everyone will own one of my handbags one day. I would love to walk down 6th Avenue and see a flock of women sporting them. Of course I would love to see celebrities and even Kate Middleton wearing a piece from my collection, but I think seeing someone in the raw wearing one of my bags would be delightful. This is something that they purchased, chose to wear, and believed that handbag was an extension of themselves. What more can I want?
Weekend getaways, road trips, spontaneous adventures, and small town discoveries; when it comes to traveling, it seems like summer is made for new journeys. As we purchase plane tickets, book hotels, Yelp delicious places to eat, and plan visits to places we’ve had on our bucket lists all year long, we also begin creating a list within our heads of what exactly we need to bring wherever we’re going. From makeup bags and polaroid cameras to not enough shoes and way too many outfits, packing can feel like just as big as the adventure you will be going on soon—minus the beautiful views and good times. Luckily, we’re here to help make packing a breeze with the best bags for any summer getaways on your agendas—with plenty of room to spare for souvenirs.
Every designer collection has a story, but not one quite like Parisa’s Love Affair Handbag Collection. Inspired by the designer’s own past relationship, each bag in the collection represents a different stage in modern relationships, ranging from the budding romance all the way to the breakup.
“With a Love Affair handbag, you will see the world differently, go on new adventures, and make it your story,” says the designer, Parisa Wang. “Sometimes a broken heart can unleash hidden potential. For me, it is to create a line of handbags to inspire courage and confidence.”
Now that the brand has launched its Kickstarter campaign on May 18, fans and fellow bag enthusiasts can support the brand while scoring these bags for discounted prices for a limited time. Read on to learn more about the gorgeous bags in this collection.
The Stage I:Hooked Lady Bag is made of smooth calf leather with a matching matte interior and boasts a gold chain strap. Colors include black, midnight blue, and beige.
The Stage II: Addicted Cross Body Bag is also made of smooth calf leather with a matching suede interior, and is perfect for weekends. Colors include caramel, burgundy, and black.
The Stage III: Halfway Tote Bag is made of grained calf leather with a black canvas interior, and is roomy and fashionable. Colors include black and caramel.
The Stage IV: Boundless Bucket Bag is made of smooth calf leather with a matching canvas interior, and comes in both a small size and a regular size. Sleek and stylish, this bag is perfect for most occasions and features bold pops of colors in black, midnight blue, or caramel.
The Stage V: Freed Satchel, our personal favorite, is made of smooth calf leather with a black canvas interior and a gold chain strap. Sophisticated and sexy, this bag closes out the collection as the last stage in the relationship. Colors include black, midnight blue, and caramel.
The debut collection also includes travel pouches, wallets, and bracelets in complimenting colors.
Engineer turned fashion designer and former Project Runway contestant Angela Sum has a dream—and she’s incorporating that dream into her debut bag collection for her brand, āsum. Funded in only 7 hours on Kickstarter, the collection features a variety of sculpted, canvas bags made to “elevate your wardrobe and inspire creative living.”
Instead of focusing on fleeting trends, Sum says, “I want to create distinctive pieces that compliment casual stables in your wardrobe season after season.” And after hearing her inspiring story in her Kickstarter video below, we fell in love with her drive and the meaning behind the collection immediately.
From wristlets to convertible totes and backpacks, each bag is made with a mixture of water-resistant canvas, cotton, linens, and rich leathers, and features different pockets inside to keep all your contents organized. Proving that minimal doesn’t mean “boring,” each bag acts as a piece of art, one that effortlessly compliments your style without being overbearing.
Anyone who backs the collection will receive all kinds of rewards, like an āsum wristlet, clutch, or messenger bag, depending on how much you pledge. For more information, visit Kickstarter.com, and be sure to follow them on Instagram and Twitter for more updates.