The big day is finally here! Thank you so much for supporting me throughout this journey. It has been quite a ride from that fateful day I sat in New York and allowed myself to imagine a company that is bigger than just jewelry and though it wasn’t always easy, it has definitely been worth it. I’ve had a blast learning a whole new design process and I am so proud of the bags that I have to share.
I am also tickled pink by the incredible lookbook collaboration with Anne Sage of The City Sage and co-founder of Rue and the fantastic photography by Kelly Stonelake of Kelly Stonelake Photography. I’ll have more on the lookbook process tomorrow, but for now, please enjoy the bags and photos!
The reason I chose to launch into bags after designing jewelry exclusively for the last twelve years is very much tied to the mantra beneath our logo. I believe that life can be designed with intention – and design likewise should also be driven by intent.
Handbags are a great combination of design and intention. Bags are not only beautiful, but also useful. With this philosophy in mind, I went about creating our Lake Shore collection to be multifunctional, easy to wear, and effortlessly chic. Read on to see the intention behind each style.
I knew I wanted a bag that could carry my laptop (fits 15″ laptops) to the coffee shop and my beach towel to the North Avenue beach in equal measure. I also wanted to go grocery shopping and to important meetings without having to change my bag. The leather bottom makes the bag durable and allows the bag to stand upright. The zipper pocket and cell phone slots are also endlessly useful – no more digging to the bottom to answer my phone. But what I love most about this style is the outer side snaps that keep the bag looking crisp when heading to the office but also allow for a bevy of farmers market produce when needed.
The vision for the clutch was simple: I wanted something classic and easy to wear to the Chicago’s beer gardens. Be it a pilsner or a pinot grigio, I wanted a clutch that I could tuck under my arm or lay beside my drink. Too often clutches are either extremely formal or completely casual and I wanted a style that I could dress up or down. The inside is big enough for my large wallet, yet the two credit card pockets sewn inside also can store my cards and cash. And the snap and zipper closures keep things safely tucked away.
Truth be told, I have had a crossbody bag on my wish list for the past year. Something small that could fit my essentials while I scour flea markets for my next new treasure or ride my new turquoise bike. The fact that it also can adjust to lay comfortably over the shoulder as well is icing on the cake. The two credit card pockets inside can act as my wallet leaving room for my cell phone, keys, sunglasses, camera, and lip gloss. It is the perfect little adventure companion.
The pouch is designed to be endlessly useful. I have a feeling mine will have many lives including pencil case, makeup case, wallet, impromptu clutch, and travel organizer. It’s small enough to toss into my tote and large enough to fit my essentials. Two credit card pockets provide a few more spaces to organize small paper, cards, or cash.
The Lake Shore Lookbook
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