Designer Q&A: Shana Luther of Shana Luther Handbags

Posted on June 11, 2015 by Rachel Kwei | 0 comments

Designed + made in Brooklyn

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Holiday season is clutch season

Posted on December 01, 2014 by Rachel Kwei | 0 comments

A bit of bling for the festive season!

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Discover: Seaecho

Posted on December 01, 2013 by Rachel Kwei | 0 comments

I can't remember how I stumbled upon Seaecho but I love this brand. I recently bought a Harlow clutch as a gift - the quality is fantastic and it looks as good in real life as it does one the site. So I bought the Coco portfolio in Moonstone for myself ;-)

"Born out of the need to hold objects all in one place and wanting to nestle everything together, under my arm for a night out, or an unexpected trip to the beach. Each bag whether it be wool, leather, or other found fabrics are made to work together or can stand alone with a clean modern design. Designed with a utilitarian compass and eye catching fabrics, each Seaecho bag is constructed to stand the test of time.  
Seaecho is a vessel that carries the energy of every new day into loving objects you cant help but feel connected to; made with love in Portland, Oregon. It is an ever-evolving project that focuses on current obsessions, inspirations, desires and the need to nestle treasures all in one place."

Seaecho Harlow clutch Rio
Seaecho Harlow clutch Davis
Seaecho Coco portfolio moonstone

Seaecho Coco portfolio
Seaecho Diamond mini Valentine

Seaecho double chain in Rio

Seaecho Pencil pouch in Rio

Seaecho pencil pouch in moonstone

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Feature: clutches

Posted on July 29, 2013 by Rachel Kwei | 0 comments

I've come across a few interesting clutches lately and while I'm not often in the market for a clutch they are always handy to have so this week I thought I'd share these.

The first is from London-based brand Lost Property of London who take salvaged fabrics and materials and turns them into accessories for a second life. Not only great for the eco-conscious but they look good too. I really like their Beeby clutch which is made from salvaged coffee sack and leather.

Lost Property of London Beeby clutch bag
Beeby clutch from Lost Property of London       

Materials + Process produces handmade goods and leather accessories designed and crafted in San Francisco. I've had my eye on the Georgia clutch for some time now and love the practical, in-built pockets helping you carry some cash, cards and your mobile in an organised way.

Materials + Process Georgia clutch handbag
Materials + Process Georgia clutch                 
Materials + Process Georgia clutch handbag
Nancybird is a Melbourne-based designer known for her vintage-style designs and combination of leather and textile prints. The Ziggy clutch, shown here in charcoal, has a detachable wrist strap with three interior pockets, one of which is zipped.
Nancybird Ziggy clutch handbag
Nancybird Ziggy clutch                             
Nancybird Ziggy clutch handbag

This bag made by Misoui is technically a small bag as the name 'Small Purse' suggests, but, it has a detachable strap so I think it would make a great clutch. I'm a bit taken with the pockets - one exterior pocket which is super handy for quick access, to things like your Oyster card, and another interior pocket. Saves the inevitable rummaging around you will do, even with a bag of this size! All Misoui products are made by hand.

Misoui small purse handbag
Small purse from Misoui                                

Last but certainly not least are the extensive range of clutches from Clare Vivier (click here for an earlierDiscover: Clare Vivier post). There are so many colour combinations and types of leather to choose from. My personal favourite is the Foldover clutch in blush snake.
Clare Vivier foldover clutch handbag
Blush snake Foldover Clutch from Clare Vivier    

Posted in Beeby clutch, Clare Vivier, clutch, Feature, Foldover clutch, Georgia clutch, hand made, Lost Property of London, Materials + Process, Misoui, Nancybird, salvaged fabric, small purse, Ziggy clutch

Discover: Clare Vivier

Posted on March 08, 2013 by Rachel Kwei | 0 comments

I was really excited when I came across the Clare Vivier brand. I was immediately struck by the classic-but-with- a-twist designs making them practical enough to use day in day out without being bor

ed. Beautiful Italian leather in gorgeous colours with bright, contrasting zips add a splash of colour. Clare Vivier bags are very reasonably priced for a product that you will be able to use year in year out. 

Based in California, Clare Vivier products are all handmade locally and often made to order. The good news is that Clare Vivier ships internationally and if the product is available at the time of order it will ship within 2 days but if it is to be made to order it will ship within 10 days. Monogramming is also available on some products which make lovely, personalised gifts (or just special treats for yourself ;-)) Here are some of my favourites…

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