Around the World In 80 Bags
Guest Editor for a week: Kristina Meert
I was so excited when approached to be guest blogger on the lovely and fabulous Fesjon.com. Being that my married name is Meert, I feel as though I’ve come full circle to be writing for a website that is located in the Netherlands , which is where my husband’s family and the name Meert, originates from.
As I sit here in sunny southern california and think of all of you who are reading this on the other side of the world, I am reminded again how fashion and specifically handbags have united us all. Isn’t it amazing that most everyone in the world carries a bag of some sort? It doesn’t matter the time zone, the weather, the culture, the love of hand held art is truly universal. While Europe of course, is wildly influential in regards to handbag fashion and trend, we are seeing some amazing designs transcend from other countries around the globe.
Istanbul is home of Designer, Cenan Abas Sel who has created Cashhimi, a collection consisting of exotic and organic leathers such as croc, anaconda, python, ostrich and stingray. Known for the their brightly colored clutches, Cashhimi has caught our eye as a major player in the exotic arena. I am dying over Cashhimi’s blue-black ostrich clutch.
Who else is dominating in the exotic market? Adriana Castro of course. From Columbia, Castro designs with exotic materials and has been making head lines with her celebrity following. Using rich yet delicate skins, Castro adds edgy punches of color and sensual textures to her classic silhouettes. I literally can’t get enough of the Crocodile Lola Tote in Fuchsia.
Vancouver, BC is raising it’s hand to be noticed and Sienna Ray & Co are at the front of the line. We are seeing more fashion come out of Canada in the way of handbags and Sienna Ray & Co debut a casual flair with their yummy, supple bags made of lambskin, goatskin and now salmon skin. Everyone should own a Sunday Belt, as it’s the perfect little hip slung bag that let’s you use your jazz hands whenever you want.
We are going down under with Australia’s wild child, Lyla Black. Lyla Black is pumping out some serious statement pieces like their Cuvee Chain Bag in Peppermint. Made with shiny calf skin and a detachable chain and leather laced shoulder strap, the Cuvee is one of my personal new favorites.
And of course, things are happening over here in the US of A. Seattle, Washington based Designer, Rian Berry of rain handbags has been on the scene for about six years now and has just launched his new sister line, Poverty Flats by rian, that is, by the way, making cheap chic. Poverty Flat’s collection is made from faux’s that feel like the real deal. The bags are urban, cool, and appeal to the hipster crowd that has been inspired by the rainy streets of the Great Northwest. We are loving the Multi Zip Shoulder Bag and guess what? It only costs you about $60 USD.