LANCASTER PARIS, KATHERINE KWEI, HARE +HART, Me Char
A visit to LA/NYC based Caro Marketing yielded up several fab labels-one we knew- Lancaster Paris, a rather esteemed name from France- re-visiting these shores---and new to us Katherine Kwei, Hare + Hart, and Me Char.
The diverse group shared similarities-feminine modern handbags and carry-alls-of semi structured or structured shapes that bear the thoughtful details of a woman's touch in the design process. Meaning room for the stuff every gal hauls around-even the clutch size purses…and shapes that ranged from boxy smooth leather-to soft plush bags that are big enough to stash workout clothes in.
|Caviar Grain Leather-comes with detachable shoulder strap-$395, three color options|
|Marina-Full Grain and Salfano leather $305|
Lancaster Paris is one of those well regarded French brands -known for its classic, lady like purses when we lived there many years ago.
Well say bonjour to these spot on, 21st century-newer styles-that feature bolder solid tones, terrific color block handbags and zipped totes with a nautical vibe, very cool spring shades for city friendly leather backpacks, and new fun python leathers in saturated-and unexpected tones that would appeal to a younger market of bag enthusiasts.
|Full Grain leather $265 from Scarlett collection|
|Soft Vintage leather|
|Exotic Croco-embossed leather-up top $385|
Leather shredded-or more likely, laser cut-we have never seen anything like the purses by NYC based Katherine Kwei who began her collection S/S 2007 line after stints working at Louis Vuitton, Zac Posen and acquiring an MA degree from the prestigious London College of Fashion.
|Donna Lamb clutch comes in several colors available early winter...|
|Plexi Box Clutch $505|
|Box Evening Clutch-snakeskin + lambskin $670|
|Lulu-snakeskin lambskin multi-hued satchel-|
|Backpacks and Bucket bags---$595-$715|
With time spent in Argentina-the two designers behind label Hare + Hart fully embrace the tail to toe philosophy-crafting distinctly modern leather bags and "zero waste" jewelry from bones and leather skins. Functional zippers and subtle, just enough hardware embellishments -enhance the very clean, modern feel of these structured and semi-structured geometric shapes-including hand clutches, convertible shoulder bags, multi-tasking zippered pouches, and roomy bucket bags, -all made in Argentina using Argentinian leathers-from local tanneries.
|bangles$46- $59, dangle quill earrings $125-$149|
|iPad holders-or whatever-2 sizes $175-$210|
|in front-Jones Clutch $185-$265,|
|Holly Tote-$645-here in mirrored gold-also in solid leather-in a cool shaded nude or black- $440|
|Large Brigid Satchel $450-Bubble lambskin leather-other colors-black, and eye catching jade with gun metal hardwear|
|fuschia- a signature color looks edgy, not girly with python details. This clutch is roomy enough to carry as a day purse-but sophisticated enough for glam evenings. Available now in black this special EDITH CLUTCH is a great gift. $285..|