Spring is around the corner and a distinctive handbag is pivotal in creating a look. Haute Living’s reveals three handbag designers you may not know about. Take heed, because these artists are quietly taking fashion by storm.
The design duo Mansur Graviel’s vegetable-tanned bucket bags were wait-listed for months until December, when they posted on their website that more would be stocked. The simplicity of the shape absent of bells and whistles, and the refined smooth leather caused an army of followers. Just watch the many YouTube videos of devotees petting their acquisition after calling in all sorts of favors to procure the prize. The interiors are colored in a contrasting hue and each bag comes with a zippered pouch. The logo is minimal: Brand names and logos emblazoned on bags are so yesterday’s news. http://www.mansurgavriel.com/
Its a major endorsement when Jennifer Lopez carries a bag of a new brand. This is the case with Hayward, a handbag collection designed by Marin Hopper a former Elle fashion director, daughter of Dennis Hopper and granddaughter of iconic Hollywood producer, Leland Hayward. Although Marin lives in Los Angeles, her bags are produced in New York with materials like dyed python and the softest calf-skin. She is opening a shop on the UES in Spring ’15 called Hayward House. www.haywardluxury.com
Just two years out of the gate and Jill Haber’s luxury handbags are sprinkled in shops across the USA from New York to Los Angles. She is branching out into day bags after beginning with evening clutches. “Women rely on a uniform for their daily clothing, and accessories can elevate the look and give it personality” she says. With a focus on exotic skins of crocodile, python and ostrich and a modern vintage take on design, she’s made serious headway as a David among the Goliath brands and is looking for a bigger piece of the luxury handbag pie. Her tag-line is “Life’s short —wear your bags” which speaks to not treating your bag as a precious object. www.jillhaber.com