I was unable to attend the official launch party to celebrate Thale Blanc’s newest and hottest IT accessory- the pochette. But I was able to stop by the designer’s showroom and preview the collection recently. It was such a pleasure meeting Thale Blanc’s designer- Deborah Sawaf, who was kind enough to share the background of the brand and demonstrate how one would wear the pochette. Deborah grew up in a family of couture designers, thus, going into the couture business herself. She also studied gemology and had a fine jewelry line. After taking a break to start a family for seven years, she decided she wanted to get back into doing what she loves best-design something that’s practical. So, after realizing that she hated rummaging through her purse for her phone and would miss a call, she came up with the pochette- a mini accessory with a compartment that holds a phone, credit cards, cash and drivers license. There’s also a hook that holds car keys safely and securely. Deborah wanted this to be versatile (as she’s BIG on versatility) and fashionable. She currently has forty designs for the pochette, a little something for everyone. It comes with a detachable chain so you can wear it cross-body, around your waist or as a necklace. She also sells a variety of chains for the pochette. Feel like a plain chain? Done. How about a little bling in the chain? Done. There’s also a smaller chain available so you can attach the pochette to the outside of your handbag. The line has expanded to “double-pochettes”- the mini accessory with two compartments and very travel/family-friendly. How about a unique and durable ipad pochettes and covers? Each ipad accessory comes with a handy pocket for your phone, etc. and an opening for the speaker and camera. The ipad cover also comes with a small pocket for retractable headphones. Along with the pochettes, Sawaf also has a collection of handbags and jewelry. Since she has a background in jewelry, she casts her own three-dimensional hardware. The results are stunning. My favorite pieces were the clutches from the ‘Maharajah’ line. The clutches are sleek and simple, but with a “crown jewel”clasp. So, along with the best hardware, the line contains the best skins (Deborah loves the exotics) that only come from the best farms. The entire Thale Blanc line includes purple packaging, dedicated to her late brother-in-law, who died in Afganistan. Everything is manufactured in Los Angeles. Prices range from $112-300 for a pochette, wrap-bracelets are $50. For more information and to check out the latest specials (which includes a holiday deal for all pochettes- $98) go to the website! I would personally like to thank Deborah and Fabiana for having me! Thank you again for my pochette. I LOVE it and it’s so handy!
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