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25 Aug

An Interview With Designer Jenni Kayne

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Jenni Kayne is more than just a designer, she’s a lifestyle mogul that’s changing the way we approach fashion and personal style.

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What inspires your designs?
California. Nature. Travel. Landscapes. Architecture. I like the idea of warm minimalism. I like whole, natural fabrics and materials that are made to be worn and lived in. I’m inspired by strong women who dress well all the time, while never sacrificing their comfort for the sake of fashion.

I really believe in living well and taking time to slow down in order to take care of our bodies and minds.

Describe the Jenni Kayne brand and aesthetic. There’s an earthiness and effortlessness to everything that I design and curate which feels very...
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10 Jul

These Chic Bags Come With a Touch Of Magic

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Montserrat Alvarez, founder and designer of chic accessories brand, Heimat Atlantica, combines the traditional with the contemporary for a magical fusion. Working with craftswomen in Portugal, each straw tote is handmade and features a porcelain talisman that represents a powerful trait of human behavior to aid in love, happiness, and protection.

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Inspiration behind Heimat Atlantica? In a certain way, it is perhaps with the intention to integrate and communicate my cultural heritage. I grew up in a close-knitted family where ethnographical and popular culture were mixed with more contemporary and sophisticated themes. I am thus trying to imagine spaces where ancestral techniques and contemporary ideas come together to create objects that possess the energy of evolution. The way everything...
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15 Jun

This Ain’t Your Ordinary Straw Bag

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WaiWai designer Leo Neves has given summer’s hottest handbag some playful, Rio de Janeiro flair with acrylic details, braided leather straps and oversized silk and beaded tassels. The possibilities with this colorful twist on the classic rattan tote are endless as the Brazilian designer is already adding unique details like African-inspired beadwork and charms to his latest designs. Honestly, love.

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14 Jun

Proof The Basket Bag Is Not Just For The Beach

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It's what I call an ‘all-rounder’. Something one can wear with anything, to any occasion.

The approval was clear during fashion month, the basket bag is a spring/summer must.

Not only did we see them at the Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana shows but, taking the form of everything from baskets to bumbags, it was the receptacle of choice on the front row.
 Forget the memories of losing your phone for days on end amongst SPF miniatures and receipts and other nondescript bag paraphanalia, this season it's gone mini.
Here are the straw styles to be shopping now..

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Crossbody It's probably the most practical and smartens up surprisingly easily. This L.F.Markey one is the shape of Victoria Beckham's hyped-up half moon...
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1 Jun

Appease Your Inner Child with This Impossibly Chic Polly Pocket Purse

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Maybe you’re old enough to vote, legally purchase alcohol, and rent a car, but no adult milestone can ever erase your inner child, right? RIGHT. Thanks to UK-based site Truffle Shuffle, you can now reminisce about your Lisa Frank-colored, Beanie Baby-laden ‘90s childhood EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Enter: the Polly Pocket purse.

The heart-shaped pearlescent pink shoulder bag is maybe the one accessory you and your 7-year-old self could possibly agree on. With gilded logo lettering and a chain-link strap, the nostalgic item is undeniably chic, and what’s more, it’s actually affordable. At £38 (roughly $49), the Ferby-owning you could probably pool her allowance for a couple months and save up enough for the must-have bag.

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31 May

Soludos Just Launched Ridiculously Adorable Handbags

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We hope you’ve been practicing your happy dance, because just in time for summer, Soludos has launched handbags. Yep, that’s right, everyone’s favorite espadrille brand decided to give the people what they want — which is, of course, bags to wear with their favorite shoes.
The Soludos handbag collection includes three styles and, in true Soludos form, each one pretty much screams warm weather. Hand woven by local artisans in Mexico and crafted out of materials like vegetable-tanned leather and knotted palm, you have your pick of the Merida Cross Body Woven and Leather Bag ($89), the Merida Basket Woven Pom-Pom Bag ($128), or Merida Woven Beach Tote ($120).

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With the woven basket bag trend (not to mention the tassel and pom-pom thing)...
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30 May

These Colorful Beaded Bags Are Empowering Women In Kenya

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Before Antonia Stogdale could collaborate with the Mukogodo Maasai women of Northern Kenya on a collection of beaded handbags, she had to clear the idea with the Chief. “He was happy to let me, as long as I didn’t disrupt the natural order of things,” explains the British-bred chef, designer, and conservationist, who has lived in Kenya for more than a decade. “The Maasai women have very busy lives—they walk for many miles to collect water, they gather firewood, build houses, look after the kids, tend to the goats . . . ” Superwomen, all of them. Especially because now, with Stogdale’s support, they also earn money beading one-of-a-kind pieces for Antassia, a line of striking, sustainably produced clutches ranging from...
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19 May

The Cross-Body Bag Is Dead

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Before I launch into my diatribe—or "pointless rant," if you wanted to be meaner about it—I would like to say something to prove I am still sound of mind, and therefore worth hearing out: There is still no better choice than a cross-body bag for situations in which you need full use of your arms to hold your weeping friend and/or flail around so violently security has to come over. (Unless you can do without one entirely—that is the very best.) However, when aesthetics trump practicality, which is probably more of the time than might be good for us, a little flap- or zipper-top thing worn bandolier style just doesn't cut the mustard anymore. My hypothesis attributes this to a few...
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18 May

FASHION Street Style Stars Show Us Why Mini Bags are a Must-Have This Season

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Mini, micro, and baby – no matter what you call them, teeny weeny bags are the It-accessories of the summer. When life revolves around a palm-sized smartphone, what more do you really need to carry? Edit out all the clutter at the bottom of your bag (gum wrappers, receipts and empty Chapstick tubes have got to go) and downsize to a mini that is just too cute to resist. Especially when they’re the shrunken down versions of our favourite designer bags.
Need some outfit inspo to go along with your new obsession? Click through the gallery below to scope out 15 stylish street style stars rocking mini bags.

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11 May

DIY Ikea Signe Rug Bag

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It’s been years since I’ve stepped foot into an Ikea. I’m sure it’s because at some point in my twenties, I finally swore off ever having to assemble another dresser with a hex key again. Never again. After my first real job, there was a lot of pride in thinking I was above build-it-yourself furniture, paper lanterns, plastic waste baskets and Swedish meatballs. Oh, how out of touch I’ve been. My recent visit to Ikea set off a hundred lightbulbs and I was probably most excited when I came across a huge bin of $3.99 woven rugs. Hello!! This is what I’ve been missing out on? DIY, DIY, DIY, DIY. The Signe rug is far too small for its intended use. It is, however, the perfect size for...
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