Meet the Designer

Megs and I had the rare opportunity to meet with and interview one of the long-time greats, Carlos Falchi. The master took us around his creative lair, his production and allowed us to pick his brain for a good hour.
Needless to say, the experiences was fantastic and we are happy being able to share it with our readers, along with some intimate insights into the inner workings of Carlos’ design studio.

Click here to read the interview.

Shannon brought you all a little insight behind Kooba a couple weeks ago with 5 questions for Abbe Held, Kooba’s creative director. Vlad and I spent time with Abbe Held in her NYC showroom last week getting to know more about her and the Kooba line. The fun-hearted mother of two spends her weekdays designing some of the hottest bags in the market and her weekends dancing in the kitchen with her two daughters and husband on pancake Sunday. Her bags are crafted beautifully with a practical feel and an edgy touch. We loved getting to know one of the leading women behind Kooba and hope you do as well.

Read the entire Kooba interview here!

I am a tad late on this, but I hope some of the NYC ladies take advantage of this opportunity! We have already introduced you to Bird Handbags. The line is said to be geared toward rich hippies, and while I am neither of those two things, I adore her bags. The Lady is my favorite as the style was definitely lacking in the handbag market.

Liz Carey, the designer of Bird Handbags, will be making a Bird Handbags Public Appearance at Bergdorf Goodman October 24th from noon-3PM on the 5th Floor. Make sure to stop by NYC ladies and tell her Purse Blog sent you!!

Laura Darrah and Sheila Nazarian of TreesjeWe are always on the hunt for the next big designers emerging in the handbag and purse world. Many times I don’t even have to search, as the designers and their ever-growing popularity comes to me. Continually seeing talk on Treesje on our Purse Forum, I realized it was time to look into the designers. It was quite fitting then that soon after I was introduced to their line, Vlad and I were invited to an event at Saks in NYC where the designers from Treesje, Laura Darrah and Sheila Nazarian, would be making an appearance. Treesje proves to be one of the strongest up and comers, offering casual styles with a wide variety of bold colors. The style of the bags are very laid-back, very LA, just like the designers behind the brand. Vlad and I first met Sheila and we all hit it off. She was so easy to talk to that I could see us being lunch buddies if we did not live approximately 2348 miles apart. Sheila showed us the designs from Treesje and gave us a chance to interview her about the line. Find more information at Treesje online and stay tuned for many more reviews from this brand!

Make sure to click on the thumbnails to see the name and price of the bag.

treesje asherPB: Where did you come up with your unique name, Treesje?

Treesje: We were both bridesmaids in a mutual friends wedding and we took the bride’s middle name. She was named about her moms best friend who is Treesje and she is from Australia.

PB: How did you decide to get into handbags?

Treesje: Well Laura has a business background and I have a fine arts background. I don’t know, it kind of fell into our laps. Laura was traveling around the world and she came back from Bali and she had these really cute beaded bags. I told her “I could sell those for you like crazy!!”. And one thing lead to another; we just started with these beaded bags and one day I called her up and said “Why don’t we design our own bags?”. So it was the matter of finding the leather and getting things going. (more…)

devi kroell large hobo Vlad and I had the pleasure of meeting Devi Kroell, the glamorous designer who is soft spoken and radiates when speaking of her designs. I have always been a fan of Devi’s slouchy hobos, that made her name known, and more recently her box clutches. Many first wore Devi Kroell’s python slouchy hobo, which at the time Devi was one of few designers implementing the use of exotic skins. In fact, Jessica Simpson made the bag quite popular and her sister Ashley became a fan also. Her purses are designed with all attention paid to detail. Devi’s focus is on the exotics, and while she has been known for her python use (including python boots who are worn by stars like Kate Moss), Devi has ventured into alligator skin. Vlad was obsessing over her orange Alligator Large Hobo which retails for $28,990. So with that being said, I shall start to re-obsess over her python bags, because her alligator bags are not in my budget right now. Devi Kroell has lived around the world taking in different cultures, languages, and experiences to make her handbag and accessory line what it is today.

Read our interview with Devi Kroell HERE!

rebecca minkoff fall 2008

As we continue to provide exclusive information to our readers, designer interviews will become more common on Purse Blog. We have previously sat down with Rebecca Minkoff to learn more about her brand and looked forward to following up further this past week. Rebecca Minkoff has created a bag frenzy, amassing a large following who need their Rebecca Minkoff fix. Her colors have become highly sought after, including her Tangerine, Wine, and Basket weave. This past week we sat down to ask Rebecca your questions, get a sneak peek at her Fall 2008 line, and take an exclusive tour of her NYC factory.

Read the entire interview here. Enjoy!

jennifer alfanoThanks to my dear friend Sari Brown at Lux Couture, Vlad and I were able to meet another fabulous new designer while in New York City last month, Jennifer Alfano. While Jennifer is newer to the handbag world, she has been in the world of fashion for over twenty years. We went to her office in New York City to meet Jennifer and her consultant Dawn. She had just sent quite a few of her spring bags out the morning that we arrived, but the selection for us to see was still great and I could not help but lust after her vibrant exotics. The best part of her office is the board behind her desk, with a hand drawn picture of a purse, compliments of her daughter. We sat down with Jennifer to learn more about her handbags, why she focuses on exotic, and some little known facts about her. Enjoy and make sure to check out her bags that are marked down at Lux Couture right now – grab one while you can!

jennifer alfano bag 1   jennifer alfano bag 2

PB: How did you get into the Fashion World?

JA: My background in fashion is being a fashion editor. I started almost 20 years ago at Vogue magazine then I went to Bazaar. I left and helped launch Lucky Magazine. Then I had my second daughter and went back to Bazaar as fashion features director. After that I left and was writing for them as a contributor. (more…)

katherine kweiWe are thrilled to bring you another exclusive interview with a fabulous handbag designer. Sari Brown from Lux Couture introduced me to Katherine Kwei designs. Sari and I are so intrigued by the delicate knotting technique that makes Katherine Kwei designs stand out. So while in New York City Vlad and I were able to meet Katherine Kwei and her assistant designer, Tiffany Koo (who will be working on a line for Katherine Kwei), and we have not been able to stop raving about her bags since. Do not expect a simple bag from her designs, for her handbags implement a knotting technique that will undoubtedly make her stand out from the rest. We sat down in her show room to talk about her handbag line and get to know the designer behind these fabulous handbags. (more…)

Rebecca MinkoffRight after we arrived in NYC last week, Vlad and I checked in the hotel, spruced up, and were on our way to meet Rebecca Minkoff. Meeting the designer behind a handbag line that has a huge following was a little bit nerve-wrecking, yet Rebecca could not have been more down to earth. We got to the showroom before Rebecca made it, and perused her stunning spring/summer handbag line. I insisted that Vlad began to either jot down or make mental notes of the bags I had to have, the bags my family members had to have, and the bags that we would tell everyone they have to have. Touching the leathers, admiring the colors, and learning the designs is an easy task, when a handbag line is as gorgeous as Rebecca Minkoff’s. When Rebecca and her lovely PR gal Jill arrived, we all hit it off. We sat down to talk to Rebecca about how she got where she is today and where she plans on going. And while her handbag line is thriving, Rebecca still sees herself as an ordinary gal. Yet she is so much more than ordinary, as are her designs. We had the pleasure of interviewing Rebecca Minkoff to let you into fabulous designer that is going nowhere but up. Enjoy! (more…)

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