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One to watch: Nyla Noor – eco-friendly, New York-made handbags

Nyla Noor Merkat Convertible Messenger shown as clutchNew York City is full of ‘New York-based designers’. However, most of these designers’ bags are made somewhere else. So it was refreshing to happen upon Nyla Noor – a truly New York, made-by-hand, handbag line. Last night I attended the Nyla Noor press preview and chatted with the designers, sisters Saifra and Romaana Zia, about their stunning eco-friendly collection. These former investment bankers were sick of going to meetings with boring black nylon bags, and after getting laid off from their banking jobs, these two sisters traveled together and began to derive inspiration from their travels, specifically Barcelona. The launch collection contains 4 inspired shapes – a hobo, large satchel, messenger/foldover clutch, and mini clutch, all with their signature swerve pockets and custom made Swiss zippers (that don’t catch) and hardware.

In its first season, Nyla Noor is already making its mark with truly functional AND fashionable handbags. Many lines make those claims but this one is real. These stylish bags come in silhouettes that can be worn multiple ways, and feature multiple zip pockets and compartments. Each bag can easily transition from the boardroom to the bar. The standout piece is the Port Vell Satchel which the designers smartly measured to fit magazines and files. The Mercat Convertible Messenger (which converts into a foldover clutch) is another pièce de résistance, with its concealed pockets, multiple compartments and detachable chain strap. The Hobo Nouveau and El Borne Hipster also make chic city bags.

Also, the designers use only eco-friendly leathers which are specially tanned using all-natural colorants from sustainable materials and vegetable dyed in custom colors. And authentic Nyla Noor handbags are lined with SKAL Certified 100% organic cotton, grown without toxic herbicides or pesticides and dyed and printed with environmentally sound certified dyes.

Check out the complete Nyla Noor collection at The Nyla Noor bags are certainly a brand worth watching!
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