When Gigi New York asked me if I had any interest in designing my own handbag I of course replied a quick, very excited “YES!!!” I mean, what girl doesn’t want her own bag design?? I have a couple bags from Gigi and I love them (super durable and well made) so I thought it was the most perfect partnership. Plus they make their bags in the good ol’ USA ( Long Island, NY to be exact) which is an important distinction to me. It couldn’t have been an easier, more fun process and I am THRILLED that you can now order your own Gates Satchel starting today (complete with monogram if you wish!) I seriously want every single color option (obviously- I think that was the point…)
The size and function of the bag was important to me- all I want out of an everyday bag is one that is big enough to hold a lot of stuff but isn’t cumbersome to carry. I also love straps that are short enough to carry over your forearm but long enough to sneak over your shoulder too. These are the perfect length for both those and is lightweight yet structured! I’ve been carrying the sample since I got in a couple weeks ago and have even toted my Macbook Pro around inside it. Here’s a snap of the scale of the bag from my trip to Dallas:
This was the sketch I sent them of what I wanted the bag to look like. A pretty darn good execution I’d say!
I picked all neutral colors for this inaugural collection because I think most women want bags that are staples and can go with anything and anywhere. My goal was to make it stylish, timeless, fun and with a designer look and lines but without the price tag of the high-end designer bags that inspired it (this retails for $475). So here are some outfits I put together to show the bags off! I really hope you guys like it!