These Bags Are Having A Moment

by Mary Bitchashvili

 SUSAN ALEXANDRA

 

“I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, so not a fashion capital. My portal to a different world was Vogue magazine.
“Bubbly designer Susan Korn, better known by her label’s name Susan Alexandra, lives in a glittery, candy-colored universe of her own making. She had been crafting her bright, boxy beaded top handle bags and matching jewelry for a couple of years when they went viral thanks to celebrity endorsements from the Hadid sisters.”- Vogue.com

 

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She moved to NY and put up a website of her jewelry for her friends in case they were interested.
“I work with about 10 women in New York who make my purses. They’re all mothers, and they can work from home and still take care of their family. That’s a very gratifying thing, and that’s why I’m really trying to keep production in this state.”

 

That’s M-E-R-R-Y Bag

“I was thinking of sprinkles on a birthday cake when you’re little, and I was thinking of Christmas lights, and I was thinking of different sequins.”

 

KARA

KARA is a NYC handbag label launched in 2013 by Sarah Law. The line celebrates individuality, curiosity and modernity,presenting a sleek yet simple handbag aesthetic that appeals to a wide range of personalities.

“I wouldn’t say I always knew being a designer could be my job but since I was a kid I always wanted to support myself by making things. Around the time I started looking at colleges, I understood that it was a career many people had. While I was studying at Parsons, I became very interested in having my own business.”

I used to make and sell canvas portfolio bags to my classmates

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Photographer: Ika Khargelia
Production: Mary Bitchashvili
Style: Tatusi Lashauri
Make Up: Nino Sopromadze (Make Up Institute Georgia )
Hair: Vika Gigashvili
Models: Nina Ninua (Lookmodels Management)/ Sali Jikia (Natali Model Agency )
Apparel: Materiel Tbilisi / Tamara Kopaliani / Aleksandre Akhalkatsishvili