Birdie Clip Holder Collaboration

When I was pregnant with my first daughter I was already collecting clothes, toys and accessories for her, naturally. During those last few months of pregnancy where I was riddled with excruciating hip pain, I came across Hello Shiso, an adorable kids accessories brand based out of Berekely, California. I quickly added tons of her hair clips to my online cart and my girls and I have been fans ever since. These adorable clips come in tons of size options (even for fine baby hair), and I was happy to hear that Hello Shiso is run by an amazing fellow mom, Mimi. I think I began Instagram stalker her and we quickly became friends- Mimi is hysterical! My hair clip collection was getting kind of ridiculous and when I was pregnant with my second girl, I knew I had to get this growing clip collection organized in some way. After a few prototypes the clip holder came to be. I think the first real one I ever made is still hanging in my girls room. Mimi and I talked about collaborating on something together and naturally, this was perfect. After sending some samples and leather swatches to her and getting through the first year of life with (now) two kids, I happy to say the Birdie Clip Holders are FINALLY available on Hello Shiso! Head on over to Mimi’s site to check them out and while you’re at it, get some of her adorable clips for a cool little girl you know! 

Fun Fact- Birdie is actually my second daughters nickname. 😉

 

Afterpay

I aim to produce affordable & accessible leather goods for everyone but truth be told, I know how sometimes a $350 handbag is just not in the budget. I get it. I work very hard on my pricing to make sure everything is up to date and you will see price adjustments on my site every now and then (we recently did just that as prices on some items are slightly higher… more on that later). I was online shopping a few months ago and came across a wonderful service called AfterPay. It’s actually rather genius- it allows you to pay items off in 4 easy installments so you’re not having to put down $350 on that amazing new leather bag you just saw ;-). PLUS, you get the item right away. You don’t have to wait until that leather bag is paid off. It’s become very popular especially because there’s no added interest or hidden charges when all 4 payments are paid on time. It also works great on my end. Orders come in and I can ship the product right away, just like a regular sale and I get the funds right away. Win, Win, folks! 

I want everyone to have good leather goods and Afterpay just makes it a bit easier. You’ll see the option to use it in the payment section of the check-out process. I hope this helps!

 

Silicon Valley

We’re so excite to see our popular Annie Duffle in season 4 of Silicon Valley! Monica, played by Amanda Crew, is seen carrying it in various scenes throughout the season. Inspired? Get your Annie Duffle here! 

STORY

I’m so excited to say that I’ll be at STORY from 11-6 for a spring trunk show tomorrow, April 1st! If you’re in the NYC area, be sure to stop on by and say hello. Here’s a little interview with STORY and here’s the details.. Hope to see you there!

Mozart in the Jungle

Have you guys seen Mozart in the Jungle? To be honest, we haven’t either but we’re about to start! Our popular June Tote is featured in the current season and we couldn’t be more excited. Cynthia, a main character on the show, carries it and apparently it’s her main bag for the season. On another note, I didn’t know that Bernadette Peters was in it! I’ve been a huge fan ever since The Jerk…. 🙂

What a way to start out the new year! You can get your June Tote, right here

BTS

We had an amazing shoot this past weekend! Until I get the actual shots from our photographer, Carey Kirkella, I couldn’t help but share some behind the scenes. Our baby Portia made an appearance (free baby model!) to show off our new a/w collection of BKBean baby shoes and her smiles and giggles had everyone swooning! I stuck with my amazing team of Carey Kirkella (photography) and Kari Hansbarger (stylist). Our beautiful model this time around was Jieun Lee with photography assistance from Pete Reisett. 

Beautiful Saturday+talented team= one happy designer! 

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New Production

Since the last post, I had our baby! My husband & I welcomed a baby girl into our family and we couldn’t be happier (photo below taken by good friend and our photographer, Carey Kirkella). While I’m still working, I’m having to adjust to the new, sometimes random schedule. But rest assured, our online shop is still open and all orders are going out on time.

In addition to that, our Annie Duffle is currently in production at our NYC manufacturer. We’re restocking classic black and introducing a new color we have yet to name- it’s a perfect grey/taupe that we fell in love with! Everything should be in stock within the next two weeks so stay tuned. Or better yet, sign up for our newsletter and be the first to know when we drop new styles/colors- plus, you’ll receive 10% off your order for signing up!

WWD Magic

As you may know from previous posts, I was chosen to take part in the American Express Rising Stars of Fashion this past August. It took place in Las Vegas, at one of the largest trade shows of the country, WWD Magic. I had to design, draft and construct a handbag within 2.5 days based on the theme “everyday couture”. All of this right in the middle of the trade show floor. I thought about what a women needs everyday and quickly began to design a basic leather tote- a bag that she can carry everyday with her laptop and all other necessities tucked neatly inside. The fun came in designing for the couture part of the theme. When I hear the word couture, I think of Paris. When I think of Paris, I think of black and gold and the city of lights. I wanted something bold, bright and something that she can take out of her leather tote for after work meetings and cocktails. Therefore, I designed a little clutch made in killer snakeskin printed leather with gold accents that clips inside the bag into an interior pocket.

I had such a great experience there and made fast friends with the other talented designers, Victoria Khoss and Kelsey Slade. I’m so proud of what I accomplished and perhaps one day, both of these bags will debut in my collection.

Event photos courtesy of Dave Smith.

Shana Luther Amex Rising Stars

 

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