I recently heard about this new up-and-coming designer Sophie Hulme and I can’t get enough of her designs. This young British designer launched her line of handbags in Autumn of 2009, received a 2012 British Fashion Award for emerging talent in accessories and since then her collection has really taken off and it now being offered at top designer boutiques all over the world.
The groundhog said there will be 6 more weeks of winter. Considering how unseasonably warm it has been this winter, I suppose I can live with that. With the weather being so Spring-like, I already have summer on the brain. It seems like others do too, considering all the beach totes I’ve seen popping up recently. I’m thinking this year, I might go for a little less traditional beach tote. Instead of structured and straw, I was thinking unstructured and crochet! Check out the Stela 9 Zigzag Crochet Beach Bag!
It’s been a while since we here at BagBliss featured an eBay auction, but this is one that I just couldn’t pass up telling you about. The Elle Portable Light Project sale features designer created solar panel purses that generate clean, sustainable energy, with 100% of the proceeds going to a charity!
(drooling over the Diane von Furstenberg tote! (pictured above). Current bid only $150!!)
The Portable Light Project is a non-profit initiative that provides solar kits to those in poorer countries who don’t have access to electricity by creating new, fashionably chic ways to deliver de-centralized renewable power and light to the developing world. And it doesn’t stop there, the team over at PLP even partnered up with non-government agencies to help train women to integrate the technology into fashion using their local textile materials and techniques. The end product is something amazing: culturally diverse bags, blankets and more that generate clean, sustainable energy and light, while supporting local economies.
A new name has made it’s way into the world of handbags. And that name is Ashard Richley! But who is Ashard Richley? Founded by Ashley and Richard Burghardt in August 2009, Ashard Richley strives to create fashionable handbags that won’t break the bank. The real brains behind the designs, however, is Ashley. The Texas Tech University grad worked for both Be&D and Coach before taking the plunge and pursuing her very own handbag collection. And so far, I am liking what I am seeing! The handbags are fun and a little bit edgy — perfect for the woman who is looking for something unique. Think bright colors, bold hardware, and… girlie ruffles? Yes, there are actually some styles that have all three! But what I like most about these handbags is the fact that they are so affordable. So don’t be afraid to experiment a little — indulge in something funky and fun!