The New Tech Accessory

I’m an accessory addict.  From shoes and jewelry, to designer handbags, I have collections of all of them.  My accessories collections are so vast that I have to rent extra storage space.  Luckily the storage space is near my home so I can stop in and take items when I need them.  I own several handbags made of exotic skins and those are stored in temperature controlled cabinets.  My love affair with accessories began early.  I grew up in a home where fashion was revered.  My great grandfather was one of the top designers in Paris during his day.  The fashion house he founded is now one of the most famous brands in the world.  Open any glossy fashion magazine and you will see slick advertisements for his brand.  Our family still owns a percentage of the brand.  When generations of your family are entrenched in the fashion business, it makes sense that I would be a part of that world as well.  When my mother was little, the seamstresses that worked for my grandfather, made her beautiful one of a kind dresses.  In turn, I wore many of those well preserved frocks when I was little.

From a young age I learned and absorbed what hard work really goes into fashion.  Most people see fashion from a different perspective.  The average consumer thinks fashion entails shopping and picking new outfits and accessories.  What most don’t understand is all of the hard work behind the products you purchase.  With couture, all of the dresses and new designs are handsewn.  If a certain ball gown has a lot of accoutrements such as beading, the product can take weeks to make.  Sewing is a skill that takes time to master.  Not everyone has the patience to learn to become a good seamstress.  Couture will last a lifetime, actually, many lifetimes.  I’m astounded at some of my great-grandfathers couture pieces.  They are as relevant today as they were all of those decades ago.  The brand’s archives also house many accessories.  I love going through the archives for accessory inspiration.

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This summer I’m working in the brand’s accessories department.  I’m a freelance accessories designer and I love working with the label my great-grandfather founded.  Because it’s so large, it’s more than a family business, but that doesn’t stop me from going through the archives any chance I have.  It’s important to understand any labels history of design before moving forward in this modern world.  At the moment I’m creating an edited line of tech cases for them.  We are all glued to our iPhones and it makes perfect sense to create a few beautiful designer iPhone cases.  I’m collaborating with a famous artist who will create illustrations for the backside of the iPhone cases.  I’ve already heard from several fashion editors that they can’t wait to get their hands on my new iPhone cases.  Truthfully, I can’t either.  We live in a modern world and we need up-to-date accessories for the time in which we are living.  Designer iPhone cases are the newest in luxury accessories.

My Love for Beautiful Designer Handbags

In my last memoir I made no secret how much I love clothing and fashion in general.  Fashion has played a huge part in my life over the years.  Both of my parents are fashion designers and as an actor, I’m surrounded by clothing all of the time.  And I’m not going to lie, I’m friends with many famous designers and stylists who are constantly gifting me free clothing.  Over the past year I built a massive walk-in closet.  I have the sort of wardrobe that is envied by many.  I’m not bragging, but simply stating a fact.  I love fashion and I think it should be celebrated.  Fashion is a huge business and a big chunk of the world’s economy.  Many people think it’s silly to be interested in fashion and to me that mentality is crazy.  Fashion is big business and people should take an interest in it.  I see how how hard my parents work and at times it pays off and sometimes it doesn’t.  Sometimes they create amazing clothes and accessories that do not receive any sort of praise from the fashion press.  The fashion world is very competitive.  Designers are all vying for only a few spots in monthly fashion glossies.

Along with fashion, I’m also very partial to designer handbags.  When I’m on location shooting a film, I always make sure to figure out the local shopping.  I love nothing more than visiting local boutiques and even shopping malls.  I’ve found many fashion gems in far flung locales while shooting.  Shopping in a local area also gives you a different perspective.  You get more of an idea about local taste and what people like.  Sometimes a certain style will be popular in one city, but in another city something completely different is trending.  I’ve recently discovered that Salzburg has some amazing shops.  In between shooting, I’ve been stopping into quant little boutiques and discovering some major fashion talent.  I have a soft spot for European designers as do many.  They express their views on style and even the world through their designs and it’s so refreshing to see.  European designers also have an amazing flare with accessories.  Some of their understated sensibilities translate well into handbags and leather goods.  Do you frequent any European cities where you absolutely love to shop?  I’d like to know which ones provide amazing fashion that is different from the rest of the world.

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I have one smallish walk-in closet that is just dedicated to all of my designer handbags.  Many of these beautiful bags were purchased in different cities all over the globe.  Some of my favorites are custom made exclusively for me.  It’s easy to fall in love with handbags.  They are fun to carry and usually pair well with many different outfits.  Next week my handbag closet will be photographed for VOGUE.  I look forward to presenting a few of my favorite luxurious designer handbags to photographers.  I don’t think my love for beautiful handbags will ever wane.  They are truly gems!

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My Perfect New Handbags

Several weeks ago I was lamenting to my bestie how hard it is to find the perfect handbag.  I love a untilitarian look, but also something that fringes on feminine.  Nothing over the top and nothing underwhelming.  It doesn’t matter to me if a celeb carries a certain handbag.  That does not sway my buying decision at all.  But what I want is to fall in love at first sight.  I want to be blown away when I buy a new handbag or even several handbags at one time.  Overall look and silhouette matters a lot to me.  Craftsmanship is also high on my list when choosing the perfect handbag.  What good is a two thousand dollar handbag if it falls apart within six months?  I love a bag that lasts a long time.  One made of beautiful leather where the patina changes over time.

As we talked, she wanted me to tell her about my favorite handbags and if I’d bought anything new to carry recently.  I told her just the other day I ordered two new designer handbags.  I needed them for an upcoming trip, for work, and for daily life such as parties I would be attending.  The bags I ordered are from PLIA Designs.  She wanted to know even more, so we logged onto their website with her iPad.  We marveled at the collections.  All of the beautiful designer handbags from PLIA Designs were aplenty.  Each collection contained a specific design with beautiful leathers and fabrics.  Some of the fabrics have amazingly creative prints.  We arrived to the Eloise clutch bags and I pointed out what one I’d ordered.  The lambskin looked so lovely and buttery soft.  Next we moved on to the French Toast collection.  These totes are chic, but large.  Large enough to hold all of the things I tote around each day.  You know how it is.  Laptop, magazines, notebooks, iPad, phones, etc.  Literally, I carry everything but the kitchen sink.

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The last collection I showed her were PLIA Designs satchel bags.  I was looking forward to this new designer bag so much it hurt.  I couldn’t wait for UPS to knock on my door.  I’d ordered Queen Street in the gorgeous navy leather.  The black leather trim and flap were equally as beautiful.  The interior is crafted of custom quilted fabric.  I knew this would be the perfect handbag for my upcoming trip.  PLIA Designs makes the most beautiful designer handbags and they are defintely my new favorite handbags.

My New Autumn Clutches

Summer is nearing to an end and my wardrobe is screaming for new clutches and handbags for autumn. I especially need new clutches. A style and silhouette that is large enough to hold more than a cell phone, but not too big that it looks gigantic and cartoonish. Sometimes overly big clutches can look really awkward. I also prefer leather that is sturdy, but not too stiff. I have noticed many popular clutches have thin leather and when you put something inside it makes the clutch sag and look messy. Maybe a hipster likes lifeless leather, but I do not.

I also wanted clutches with color or at least an interesting print. Something that would go with a variety of outfits even those for work. There are times when I only carry my iPad to work so it would be feasible to use a new clutch on those days. I recently bought q keyboard for my iPad and I find it very easy to write my fashion reviews this way. Of course I’m attached to my laptop, but it’s nice to be able to use just one tech item for word processing and the iPad is so slim.

Several of my fashion editor friends recently bought beautiful clutches from PLIA Designs. This brand makes a range of designer handbags, satchels, purses, carryalls, and leather goods. One friend told me she liked it because it fit her iPad inside. Well after hearing that I knew I immediately must look into the line. I was forwarded PLIA Designs website. I spent a long time viewing all of their collections. What beautiful designer handbags! I loved their esthetic and way with color, function, and design. All of the bags looked useful yet also fashion forward and chic. What more could a fashionista ask for.

I found their clutches. They are called the “Milton” clutches and made up of four designs. Just my luck several of them had a beautiful snake pattern in the most amazing colors. Reading each description I learned the leathers were all lambskin. Oh how much do I love buttery soft lambskin. And it often retains its shape well, too. The silver front clasps were so minimalist and effortlessly chic. And the size and shape was exactly what I was looking for. Square and large, but not too big. It would fit perfectly under my arm.

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I cannot wait for my new PLIA Designs clutches to arrive. I set out to find these exact clutches. They will fit in very well with my autumn wardrobe. Now just to give my credit card a rest so I can later order more handbags from the line.

My Brand New PLIA Designs Designer Handbag

It has been a long time since I acquired a new handbag. Not because I don’t know what styles are popular or I don’t love fashion, but I rarely have time to myself to shop. I am constantly writing fashion reviews or write-ups and articles for major glossies. I am surrounded by fashion. Some of the best of fashion and design in the world. Since I was a child, I have had a deep love and appreciation for fashion. But I rarely get a lot of free time to go shopping and when I do have some down time the last thing on earth I want to do is spend it in a boring department store. However, I needed a new handbag to carry me through autumn and winter. It had to be large and roomy inside to carry all of my necessities. And it also needed to be fashion forward and stylish. And as many of you know, I dread logos so of course my new handbag had to be logo-free.

I don’t mind spending money on a designer bag because I know the quality and material is outstanding. But I also have a limit to what I will spend. My handbags travel the world with me and that inevitably leads to wear and tear. Whether they are in front of me under a seat on a plane or next to my chair on the floor at a fashion show, my handbags are put through a lot. Any new handbag I chose needed to be durable and able to keep up with the demands of my job as a busy fashion editor. And it had to be able to hold my beloved laptop and iPad. I have to write a lot and I use both of those to type my reviews on a daily basis.

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I’d read about PLIA Designs. They are a line of designer handbags, satchels, carryalls, and leather goods. One of their bestsellers is called the Reid courier satchel. I logged onto their beautiful website and ordered the satchel in Posey Street. It is a pretty green nylon twill with sleep bleack leather. It was the perfect color combination. The bottom is full leather. And the price was amazingly affordable. I couldn’t wait for my new PLIA Designs designer bag to arrive. Six days later, UPS delivered my new bag to my office. When taking my new handbag out of its sleeper bag, I could immediately smell its delicious leather. The craftsmanship up close was absolutely amazing. The interior was stunning. It contained an iPad pocket, two smartphone pockets, and even a leather credit card and ID holder. My laptop would definitely fit comfortably inside. I absolutely love my brand new PLIA Designs designer handbag. It is phenomenal. I will be telling all of my fashion friends about this amazing line.

The Perfect Small Satchel

I needed some more color added to my wardrobe. Nothing that everything I wear and carry is black or grey, but I really wanted some bright pops on non obnoxious hues. Sometimes colorful can be either too bright or too overwhelming. I wanted color, but not an overwhelming color or print. I also wasn’t sure if I need more colorful clothing or handbags. Sure I had a few non black handbags, but I truly did not have any handbags with interesting color prints. I decided to go with handbags instead of clothing for my color addition to the wardrobe.

After deciding it would be a handbag to add to my wardrobe, I went about deciding what sort of colors I exactly needed to add. Did I want a solid color or several colors in one. I thought beautiful printed bag would be great to add to my assortment of designer handbags. I also wanted it to be a satchel style. One of my best friends recently received a tote from PLIA Designs and she said the same print was also in their small Reid collection.

PLIA Designs is a purveyor of designer handbags, leather goods, satchels, purses, and carryalls. The hallmark of this accessories firm is their dedication to quality and craftsmanship. In an era where so many purses are mass produced, PLIA Designs has a very firm commitment to making each of their designer handbags one at a time. A trained leather craftsman of the highest calibre creates each handbag piece by piece. This is not a design firm that believes in mass production.

My friend emailed me PLIA Designs website. It was love at first site. Ha! It is a beautifully laid out and well executed e-commerce platform. Rarely do brands have such beautiful websites. There is no flash to slow down the loading time or distracting banners to sign up for their email list. It’s a lovely shopping experience with nice graphics. On PLIA’s collections pages I spotted the small Reid satchel group. I clicked on the graphic.

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To my delight, the small Reid collection come in a variety of colors. There is a very bright pink leather body called Jester Street. Lacey Street is a stunningly beautiful grape print. I have never seen a print exactly like this before. It is so extraordinary and unique. I quickly added that one to my shopping cart. Regent Street is a colorful women fabric pattern. It was exactly what I was looking for in terms of splashes of color for my wardrobe. I added Regent Street to my shopping cart as well. I couldn’t wait for my new PLIA Designs handbags to arrive. These two handbags are absolutely the perfect small satchels. And I also solved the problem of adding color to my wardrobe, too!

PLIA Designs Delivers

My quest to find the best satchel and carryall was an incredibly long journey. As I’ve stated before, I’m not exactly the biggest fan of shopping malls. Sometimes during the Christmas holiday they are fun to visit with all of the pretty decorations. Many upscale malls really go all out for Christmas so that part is nice to see. However, ordinary malls can be a complete bore. There is a lack of creativity and unique fashion. It’s all about boring stores where the masses all shop so they can all look alike. Not to say that shoppers at these malls have no individual fashion sense, but the stores themselves do not stock interesting wares. I believe shoppers would have elevated fashion sense if the buyers brought in better merchandise. A brand like Michael Kors is now everywhere. It’s a brand that is over saturated. It is available in so many department stores as well as TJ Max. Who wants to carry the same handbag that everyone else already owns? I know that may sound appealing to many, but it does not to me. I don’t want my fashion sense to look like every other fashionista out there.

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I did browse many department stores for the perfect satchel. Sometimes it was fun, but most of the time it was boring. After looking at a sea of uninspiring bags, I was let down and uninspired. I didn’t know what to do or where to look. I didn’t have time to visit the high end department stores in New York city or Paris. My free time is very important to me. I rarely get a proper vacation, let alone time to drop everything and take an exotic shopping trip. (Although it does sound fun!) One Friday evening, I was flipping through all of the new monthly glossies. I always look forward to my new magazines each month. It’s such a fun indulgence. While scanning the INDEX in the back of VOGUE, I noticed a beautiful navy and black satchel. I love navy as it goes with nearly everything and is very much a neutral color. Black and navy combination is simply perfect. They both are dark yet not the same color. I thought immediately that this was the handbag that would deliver. It was exactly what I was looking for. I quickly logged onto the brands website. The brad is called PLIA Designs. There were only 4 of the featured satchels left. I hit ‘buy’ as fast I could.

When my new PLIA Designs Reid satchel arrived I simply couldn’t believe it. It was one of the best designer handbags I have ever purchased! I’ve already ordered several more in different colorways. It’s so roomy yet light to carry. I love this bag!

Designer Bag of the Week

There are many articles and style blog posts about PLIA Designs’ original large Reid satchel.  It’s one of those amazing designer handbags that truly becomes a power house.  However, I discovered they recently added a new smaller size to this line of Reid designs.  It is a very unique silhouette to begin with.  A completely original design that has never been seen before.  And in fashion circles, it seems like we have seen everything.  PLIA Designs Reid satchel deserves a lot of press and praise.  It is a design that will never go out of style.  So of course when I learned that the design firm had released another size, I couldn’t wait to see it.

Within a week, PLIA’s new small Reid satchel debuted on their website:  http://www.pliadesigns.com   I was bowled over by their selection of prints and color.  I know a lot of fashionables like to carry a neutral handbag.  Of course there is nothing wrong with that, but sometimes a shot of color in your wardrobe is a necessity.  There is no need to keep buying a black handbag over and over.  Yes the style may be different, but it’s still black and boring.

The small Reid satchel comes in six color ways:  Lacey Street, King Street, Regent Street, Jester Street, and Cadiz Street.  Lacey Street is the style I ordered right away.  I’m obsessed with this blueberry print!  This print is interesting because it has subtle pops of color, but it also is subdued and even slightly nostalgic or haunting.  A print that would be popular in England back in the 1700’s.  It is an unforgettable print.

When my new PLIA Designs’ handbag arrived, I was over the moon!  After opening the box, the first things I noticed was the lovely dustbag.  I hate when companies scrimp and try to save money using cheap fabric for the dustbag.  Well let me tell you, PLIA’s dustbags are absolutely amazing and the material is superb.  Taking my new handbag from the dustbag, I was more in awe.  The blueberry print fabric is even more beautiful in person.  Even though there is color in the print, they are very neutral colors.  This handbag will go with nearly every outfit I own.  The fabric is a tightly woman sateen canvas.  I’ve actually never seen a handbag material like this before.  It’s incredibly durable yet has the appearance of an expensive evening bag.

The interior is crafted of a lovely quilted material.  It’s not your typical boring black interior.  What I love with PLIA Designs handbags is the attention to detail.  How many designers remember to add an iPad pocket to the interior of their bags?  Not many.  I simply LOVE my Lacey Street handbag from PLIA Designs.  It’s one of the best designer handbags I’ve owned in a very long time.