Notting Hill Design is the latest brand we want to formally introduce you to. We already had Amanda gush about their Westbourne after she spotted it being carried by Leighton Meester on Gossip Girl. Then we were teased even more when Blake Lively stepped out with the same design in the most delicious shade of orange. Now it is time we introduce you all officially.
PurseBlog readers, meet Notting Hill Design. Notting Hill Design is a handbag brand that was created by husband wife duo Kimberly and Steven Yurisich. Kimberly is a former New Yorker with a background in architecture and luxury goods while Steven is an Australian entrepreneur who helped launch Marquis Jet in Europe. Their luxury background reflects in the designs of their bags. Not only are these handbags pleasing to look at, but are also nice to the touch. The skins are delicate yet sturdy, practical yet luxurious. The collection channels the 40’s and 50’s, showcasing clean, sculptural lines while keeping proportions and shapes in mind.
The Westbourne has become a fast favorite. The bag is the one seen on Gossip Girl, TWICE, and has my heart. There is something so feminine about this structured design. From patent ostrich skin, to matte croc (drool!), to leather, to python, the Westbourne is available in almost every color and material you could ask for.
What struck me most was the quality of these bags. Python skin can be tricky to master, as sometimes the skin feels thin and flaky. The skin Notting Hill Design uses is sensational. The python is buttery soft and smooth yet lacks the flaking that many skins show. The treatment of the ostrich skin resulting in patent leather adds an interesting dimension.
I clearly am playing favorites as the Westbourne is mine, hands down. We also had the Orsay Hobo, named after the museum, with us. This hobo fits nicely under your shoulder and adds an extra touch with the tasseled zipper pulls.
The designs are ladylike while remaining current. Truth be told, the Westbourne is a shape that I have not seen elsewhere and truly deserves every accolade possible. We will be sure to bring you much more from Notting Hill Design in the future.