As promised, I am sharing some of my favorite new product and brand discoveries this season, up next: Purses and Bags! I admit, I definitely have a thing for purses and bags because they really show off your personality, make a statement, and can really make an outfit. I enjoy carrying unique, different statement making accessories and I love when people stop me, compliment my accessories and ask whose bag I am carrying and where they can get one, there is no greater compliment than that! It gives me such joy to share my finds and turn people on to indie designers and lesser know brands. Behold my latest and greatest accessory discoveries-all from Los Angeles or California based companies (I LOVE supporting local brands!)-for your gift giving pleasure. . . .
This great LA based company makes a fabulous assortment of eco chic bags that are all animal friendly and PVC-free. I am totally digging this holiday worthy Red Laguna bag! It’s that perfect warm cherry red color (perfect for the season), it’s roomy, has lots of pockets, a zippered interior divider, a detachable shoulder strap, metal feet on the bottom and a strong magnetic closures at the top. Namaste bags are affordable, eco friendly, functional, and fashionable. Def a new fav bag of mine!
Stephanie Johnson is a Venice, CA based company that makes the most gorgeous sophisticated chic make up bags. Stephanie launched her namesake line of accessories after traveling extensively and noticing that stylish make up bags were sorely lacking in the marketplace. If you peruse the Stephanie Johnson site, you will notice a plethora of luxurious eye catching bags in a wide variety of great fabrics and textures. My current favorite for the season is the Rodeo Drive Pewter Collection, it’s the perfect luminous shade of pewter and I adore the Mini Pouch with a wrislet added, super cute as a festive make up bag or a small evening bag.
These are the most amazing, show stopping hip and chic iPhone covers that I have ever seen! Every time I am carrying my iPhone in a JE case, I ALWAYS get stopped because they are so unique and different. I am absolutely in love with my new JE Emerald case with the gold plated L.O.V.E (FYI it was featured in People Style Watch this month), so fun and festive, and you can pick any color and plate combo you like. This fabulous case will make a very memorable gift for that special fashionista techie in your life.
These are fabulous, fashionable, sturdy, functional bags designed by two entrepreneurial SoCal moms. This line has a wide variety of bag styles in modern textures and designs and all of the Gigi Hill bags are made with an exclusive Signature Pocket Design, which ensures there is a pocket for everything in your bag from cell phone to water bottles. Each bag also has an inside secured zipper pocket, a key fob so you can find your keys instantly and feet on the bottom. The Brigitte is the ultimate fashion forward overnight bag with its zip-top closure, extra-wide straps, and side snaps to allow for extra space. I love taking this hip high quality bag on weekend getaways because it looks good and holds up really well.
This is a one of the most stylish brilliant little bags that I have seen in a long time. La Pochette is an inspired unique accessory designed by fashion designer and gemologist Deborah Sawaf (a fabulous fashionista herself!) who designed these lovely little bags especially to hold cell phones and other essentials close at hand. La Pochette is made from high quality leather and comes with a sleek chain and other chains and charms can be added on and are purchased separately. The Pochette can be worn a multitude of ways and can even be attached to your handbag as an elegant and functional accent. I adore the festive gold Lizzy Metallic La Pochette which is available at Fred Segal in LA and you can find many other wonderful styles on the Thale Blanc website.
Leoluca Winter Clutch ($229)
I recently had the opportunity to meet the founders and creative duo behind Leoluca bags and I instantly fell in love with them, their story and their gorgeous leather bags. Leoluca was created by 2 best friends and fashionistas from Ohio who moved to San Diego for a more urban lifestyle. These adorable fashionistas both design and sketch each contemporary bag together and make them using only the highest quality materials and labor sourced in the USA. The name Leoluca comes from the Italian Saint Leoluca as well as an Italian Mobster Leoluca Bagarella, and the duality of the brand name is meant to embody the essence of the line which is both edgy and classy. I really like the Winter white envelope clutch with ostrich embossed leather and love the girlie pink liner inside. I also got a sneak peak of their spring collection and there are some lovely designs in fabulous bold colors (like a sunflower yellow) and super soft leathers, I was particularly fond of the yummy champagne gold leather 🙂