I am very excited to introduce two companies- Handbago and Jill Milan. Both are making their mark in the handbag/fashion industry in some way. One of the Handbago founders- Kristina Meert, kindly enlightened me about the luxury handbag line. So, without further ado, may I first present- Handbago. Handbago is a members-only site founded in 2009 and dedicated to having the best and most unique handbags around, as well as feature awesome yet lesser-known designers; such as Sherry Wolf and the brand I’ll be discussing with you- Jill Milan. Not only is Handbago a marketplace to find the hottest bags, but it’s also a community. It features a blog, handbag reviews, giveaways and more! So… what are you waiting for?! Sign up to become a ‘Bagista’ today for FREE! I was thrilled when the folks at Handbago acquainted me with the lux line- Jill Milan, which, might I add, is V-E-G-A-N! Jill Milan is still new, having just launched in 2010 by Jill Fraser and Milan Lazich. The faux-leather bags are handcrafted in Florence, Italy by the same artisans that created bags for Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga. They recently hired Maya Stewart to design their Fall collection. Maya uses her Native American background as inspiration for her design aesthetic and loves incorporating geometric shapes in the designs. Jill Milan not only is environmentally friendly, they also help out the animals. For example, upon hearing that horses are in danger of being shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, (and that Jill is an equestrian herself), proceeds from the brand’s “Thoroughbred” bag go towards organizations that rescue and save former racehorses. I love hearing about brands like this…whose products are simple, but beautiful and help out the environment or other charities. Prices for the bags range from $450-2,500. Check out Jill Milan here!
**Photos courtesy of Jill Fraser for Jill Milan**
I would like to thank Jill Fraser for gifting me the “Gondola” clutch in red. The clutch is the object of every women’s desire and feels amazing when holding it. The inside of the clutch is spacious and can comfortably fit a cell phone, small wallet, car keys and other small items. The bag closes securely via an inside magnetic closure and via an outside closure that is made from Italian brass with the JM logo and is hooked to a soft faux-leather strap. I love the clutch so much that it inspired me to create an avant-garde dress (which you see above)!