Tuesday, August 24, 2010



Words/Images Judith Ecochard

Continuing to push the FASHION envelope, the Portland, Oregon based Ellington has new color waves, using their signature materials that keeps this re-invigorated label contemporary---and we surmise, did very well with the retailers at this tradeshow. 


In the popular Bella LINE--- the refreshing Cerulean Blue TONE POPS…

In the textured Tote with a detachable shoulder strap/cross body strap, for example, hefty nickel hardware and angled oversized zips---gives a modern polished style for urban chic.

ECO too---the plush, glazed Italian leather is vegetable tanned---meaning all the compounds used in the tanning process are natural…

AND THEN bumped up with hand-applied highlights. Amazing craftsmanship---and Ellington doesn’t stint on the other details---like a zipped main compartment, signature interior organizers, logo print lining that is actually cute not tacky, and a remove-able logo keychain.

There’s also a limited edition STAR clutch ($130) from the Studio line---- that with two media pockets and a zipped compartment, is roomy enough for the day light and sleek enough for the nightlife.

The Hannah Clutch is really a looker. Made of thick buttery soft matte Italian leather that is HAND-STITCHED to create a unique waffle texture…

This retro-chic bag, available in shades from black, brown, gray, red to a mustard yellow, is ideally sized with main compartment that’s zipped, interior zipped pocket and two slip pockets, and a twisted leather strap (optional). Brushed nickel hardware and the spacious size has a thinking that this clutch would work as our everyday, in cahoots with the fab Lindsay gym bag we got last year---that used daily to carry around all our gear, $100

The Bohemian seventies served as inspiration for an Artisan line---also part of the Ellington Studio line.

Hand stitched ---with applied inserts, this hobo that comes with a lock and key costs $250---a value price

 for a statement piece. And no surprise…. this hauler is named the “Stevie” bag---

---we were thinking of Fleetwood Mac’s singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks ourselves.