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Katie Holmes newest title is handbag designer of Valextra for Holmes & Yang

We already know Katie Holmes the actress (we’ll always remember her as Joey Potter on Dawson’s Creek), wife to Tom Cruise, mother to Suri and even fashion designer (she’s one half of the brand Holmes & Yang). And now she’s adding handbag designer to her list of accomplishments. WWD reports that Katie, along with partner Jeanne Yang, collaborated with Valextra (a fave bag ...

Devi Kroell debuts Dax Gabler Fall 2011 line at New York Fashion Week #NYFW

I can recall the first time I spotted Devi Kroell‘s luxury exotic handbags in a magazine feature. It profiled the new designer, and her unique technique of spraying the undersides of python skins on her highly coveted handbags in the Devi Kroell collection. While she has since moved on from the company that bears her name (she sold Devi Kroell in 2010) and won her the prestigious CFDA Swarovski ...

Launching today – Samantha Thavasa by Hanley Mellon Handbag Collection

It looks like handbags run deep in the Mellon family. You may know Tamara Mellon, famous for founding luxury handbag brand Jimmy Choo, but her ex-husband Matthew Mellon, along with his spouse Nicole Hanley Mellon, are handbag designers in their own right. They recently teamed up with Japanese handbag brand, Samantha Thavasa (famous for its collaborations with the likes of Paris and Nicky Hilton, Beyonce ...

Brand new Louis on the block: Louis Stewart handbag collection

Keri Hilson recently sat down with Beauty Director Gwen Flamberg of UsMagazine.com to share what was inside her purse. The singer pulled a number of beauty items like Gucci Envy perfume and Dermablend foundation along with bottled water out of her zebra print handbag, but it was the bag, of course, that got our attention! Keri carried the Marilyn bag by designer Louis Stewart. more…  Read More →

Luxury redefined: the Reed Krakoff handbag collection

From the man who re-established Coach as a major player in the accessories market comes a mature collection of stunning handbags. Reed Krakoff is Coach’s Creative Director but his namesake line is full of pieces that will have you whipping out your credit cards mercilessly. You can see clear similarities in his line and some of the Coach pieces but while Coach is for multi-generational women ...

A. Toy Handbags by Alex Toy and Joy and Peter Gryson will debut on Gilt + get a $100 credit

Joy and Peter Gryson have done it again. Apparently their Gryson luxury handbag line and their Olivia Harris diffusion line hasn’t kept them busy enough. They’ve collaborated with designer Alex Toy to launch A. Toy handbags, which will debut exclusively on Gilt! We know enough about the Gryson’s two handbag lines to know that A. Toy will be just as high-quality. This new line of ...

Romanian accessory boutique Musette now open in New York City

New York City is filled to the brim with amazing shopping destinations – but there’s always room for a fresh new accessory boutique. This week I paid a visit to Musette, a new store in Soho full of luxury leather handbags and shoes. While Musette may be new to New York, it’s already a well-established brand in Romania. Designed by a team led by Giorgio de Stefano and Gionata Tomassini, ...

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

New 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 ...

Project Runway star Korto Momolu set to launch signature handbag line at Dillard’s

We heart Project Runway – even though they keep knocking off our favorite designers season after season. One of which was Korto Momolu. Though we seriously loved Leanne Marshall’s final collection, Korto really stole the season – she rocked every challenge and should have won. Same for the designer all-star challenge. But Korto’s doing just fine, as she’s set to launch ...

Haute designer: Alexis Fallah

Are you a sucker for a pretty bag? We are. Reviewing purses on a daily basis can get a bit routine at times but every now and then there’s a fresh new designer with a bevy of beautiful bags that grab our attention. Alexis Fallah is one of them. She makes pretty – no, gorgeous – Italian leather and exotic skin handbags. This West African-born/Oregon-bred designer uses only Italian ...

One to watch (and gift!) – West/Feren Hudson and Joplin bags

We’ve been watching West/Feren for a few months now. The solid bright clutches with the Aztec print flaps initially caught our eye and we’ve been watching the brand ever since. Designer Alison Pawling‘s collection of bags is named after both of her grandmothers (Mildred West and Feren), who inspired her fashion sense. We’re currently loving the West/Feren Hudson and West/Feren ...

Nooni bags by Vicki Vlachakis

No longer is design limited to FIT and Parson’s graduates; the new batch of independent handbag designers come from all sorts of interesting places and all walks of life. Vicki Vlachakis knows this all too well. She is a former Mercedes-Benz designer turned handbag designer of Nooni . The Nooni collection features Vlachakis’ love of sophisticated lines, sculptural shapes, bold graphics ...

Haute designer: Katherine Fleming

On a recent ‘trip’ to Barneys.com I spotted this Disco Jane clutch by designer, Katherine Flemming, and I immediately fell in love. I checked out the rest of the collection and wanted to know more. Who is Katherine Fleming? While I had never heard of her, after doing a little more digging, I realized I’ve seen her work before. In fact, I even own a lot of her pieces. You see, she ...
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