I recently caught word of a new UK- based handbag brand- Feather M by Leo Featherman. She launched the brand in 2012, just a few years shy of having graduated from London College of Fashion in 2006 with an accessory design degree. Having a love for all things ‘handbags’ has always been in Leo’s blood ever since she was a little girl, spending hours playing dress up with her Grandmother’s bags with her sister. Those memorable times playing with handbags sealed her fate as one of Britain’s unique handbag designers. Her collections offer distinguishing arm candy that consists of bold shapes and exotic materials. Leo goes on to add, “I want the bags to be recognized for their shape rather than the branding, and I also really try and source different and interesting materials. The bags are made in the UK as I really want to keep the brand as British as possible, they look simple but their construction is quite complex using traditional techniques and hand finishing to make them stand apart.” This designer is not one to follow the trends and sets the standard as far as being not only avant-garde, but also wearable (and versatile) for everyday use. When asked about her hopes for future collections, she states, “I love art deco and hope this will be a big inspiration.” I’m pretty excited to see what her representation of art deco is and how she will interpret it into the handbags. Her bags range from £515 to £1350, which is roughly $1,262.66 in US currency. The exclusive brand is only available at luxury online retailer- Then and Now.