There is a theory named “the lipstick effect” stating that in times of economic strife, people still find the cash for small upscale items, such as high-end lipstick.  This season, the concept can definitely apply to luxury handbags.

For the holidays 2020, there’s power in the purse. Some of the season’s latest styles of handbags are sure to put a smile on the recipient’s face.

Alkeme Atelier Water Moon Satchel

The Water Moon Satchel by Alkeme Atelier is not only a true work of design art, it’s environmentally forward.   Recently awarded first place for creativity, innovation and research in Milan, Italy, these bags are inspired by the ancient science of alchemy and the process of transforming and combining the elements of earth, water, fire and air.  The idea of breaking down and rebuilding materials led the company to produce bags with sustainable, plant-based textiles, such as Pinatex (pineapple fiber) and other vegan leathers. The company not only helps to support farming communities, but also reduces the amount of natural resources needed to manufacture its products. And all linings are made of recycled plastic bottles.

Longtime New York -based artist and branding expert Mary van de Wiel (a.k.a. Van) has recently launched the Black Line Crazy collection. The line features messenger bags inspired by the Gotham bike couriers, as well as sleeves and totes that showcase three designs adapted from the artist’s limited edition, signed original paintings. Van has also added handwoven collection of throw and wall hangings.

“Art belongs in everyday life. That’s why I couldn’t resist interpreting my paintings across different platforms, textures and mediums: From using the imagery for printing the limited edition collection of bags to weaving one-of-a-kind pieces for the BLC Wool Collection. After all, life’s much more fun when you walk outside the line!,” comments Van.

Black Line Crazy Collection

Tuscany-produced Pop Bag offers handbags that you can design yourself with snaps to change out the front or back panels to create your own unique style. Very innovative and versatile, one can select purse size, genuine Italian leather and croc-embossed finishes, handles, straps and interiors. The online custom product builder makes it super easy to be as creative as you like.

Pop Frida Tote

Very innovative and versatile, Pop Bag’s special ready-to-wear collections spotlight the works of artists Jonny Detiger and HEKTAD. The Pop Frida, inspired by Frida Kahlo, made of jacquard fabric with an appliqué design that hints at the artist’s face is my must have. So inventive!

Bolsa Nova is Portuguese for “new bag” and that is exactly what the brand offers. Ladies can create their own bags easily with a few clicks, changing out straps for a bespoke design. The latest line features quality 100% full-grain leather from Italy that is dyed and washed to create a vintage look.

“It hasn’t been easy finding the perfect bag.  I launched Bolsa Nova handbags to change all that.  It’s a simple idea.  Pick the bag you love and then choose from a collection of interchangeable straps to customize the hardware color, functionality or the look,” says designer Karen Cardoso.

Rina Tote by Bolsa Nova

The brand offers a wide array of slouchy and hobo styles and crossbodies in all sizes. My favorite is the Rina Tote, a beautiful floral laser cut large tote with a removable crossbody strap.

On the classic side is Ora Delphine’s Brooke Satchel, a genuine leather satchel, available in beautiful, rich colors, featuring interior and slip pockets for optimal organization, removable shoulder straps, and a timeless design that will forever be in style. Perfect for work and transitioning to an evening event, the durable statement-making satchel features one interior zip and two slip pockets for optimal organization.

Brooke Satchel by Ora Delphine

The brand was born of a simple philosophy to create beautiful, functional handbags with love and care. Founder Rebecca Lin grew up around the craftsmanship of her seamstress mother in the Fashion District of Downtown Los Angeles. After college, Lin’s desire to do something creative lead her back to her fashion roots and Ora Delphine was born.

Designed in Los Angeles and crafted with hand-selected, genuine leather, Clove + Revel’s classic handbags can take you to all destinations in life, the festival, the latest hotspot or the office. The brand’s motto, “Like the phases of the moon, each style represents a different part of your journey, no matter the destination.”

Charlotte Satchel by Clove + Revel

The on-trend Charlotte Satchel is a structured bag that can transition her from the boardroom to a business dinner, seamlessly and in style.

Founded in 2013, Callista Crafts sources the highest quality leathers and raw materials from Italian manufacturers that operate a reliable and transparent production chain. Each piece is assembled and put together by hand in the company’s Athens atelier, minimizing waste.

Owners Celia Sigalou and Eleni Konstantinidou philosophy, “Our vision is to give life to an iconic accessory, not affected by seasonality but rather to always embody elegance and exceptional quality.”

Iconic Slim M Tote by Callista Crafts

Handmade by skilled craftswomen, the line’s quality is unmatched featuring totes of various sizes made of butter soft calf leather in gorgeous shades, all hand-stitched. The company also offers bespoke monogramming and repair services to ensure that each handbag will be loved and enjoyed a lifetime.

And for a fun overnight tote if you are able to take a short road trip, check out the Go Dash Dot’s Puffle, a duffle reimagined for women who work, work out and go out.

Worn as a pouch or shoulder bag, Puffle features a separate compartment for footwear, padded laptop section, a snap in snap out pouch that can be worn as a crossbody or belt bag, laundry pouch, cell phone pocket, with tons of additional pockets and compartments. The bag is completely machine washable and comes in a variety of colors.

Go Dash Dot’s Puffle Bag

“The Go Dash Dot woman is active, ambitious, and fun loving. One adventure leads to the next and she needs a bag that can keep up with her,” comments founder Hannah Fastov.

With all of these wonderful selections this holiday season, there’s sure to be a style for everyone on your list.


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