Today I stumbled on to the lovely Etsy shop, CitaD’Elle and have been completely enthralled with this beautiful bag. Handmade with Italian leather, the bag is reversible with color blocking on both sides. I personally love the pops of color and the zippered pockets on the front! Shop owner Sorina offers a diverse collection of modern handbag styles. You will surely find something you love!
See the bag here!
I hope that you support your local and favorite small businesses year-round, but today is designated as Small Business Saturday to encourage everyone to shop small for the holidays! This particular Small Business Saturday marks an important milestone in my own business endeavor. As I’ve mentioned before, I am a designer and I own a vintage shop, The Brass Giraffe. Well, as of today, The Brass Giraffe will no longer only be known for vintage! I welcome the launch of The Brass Giraffe Studio, a place to find handcrafted, one-of-a-kind, high-quality accessories!
It is something that has been in the works for awhile, but after a burst of recent inspiration I decided to take the leap! I always saw the future of The Brass Giraffe as a full online boutique and today I took one step closer to that goal. Currently, the studio is only carrying our house line, Gilly Lynn, which I design and handcraft exclusively. Eventually I hope to expand this section to include other independent designers and artisans. Go for your dreams.
Bohemian Diamond Clutch: by our house label Gilly Lynn. Find it here.
So while you’re shopping small this holiday season, stop by our website The Brass Giraffe for vintage and be sure to visit the Studio for handcrafted designs!
Are you shopping small for the holidays?
I’m currently working on a handbag line. Did I mention I’m a designer as well as a vintage shop owner and blogger? I’ve sold a several pieces, had accessories featured in boutiques, presented a clothing collection at Baltimore Fashion Week (2011), and was featured on Baltimore’s WJZ Morning Show. I’m trying to tailor my design aesthetic and really figure out where I want to go. Easy right? I wish. Flashback to the million dollar question: what do you want to be when you grow up?
So here are two handbags that I’ve designed and hand crafted with my industrial sewing machine. They fit the bill for the mountain theme on the blog right now, so I thought it was appropriate to show them off and get your feedback.
Southwestern Pattern Fabric and Leather clutch – Handcrafted by Amanda Gill
Hunter Green Mountain Wristlet by Amanda Gill
These two pieces were cut from the same fabric and feature hunter green leather on the back with a leather wristlet strap. I’ll have to get a snapshot of the entire print of the fabric. It’s huge — which is wonderful because it allows for design freedom and maybe a massively printed tote bag. The larger clutch features an orange lining with 3 interior pockets. You need to be able to separate your stuff! The wristlet features 1 pocket.
I was originally designing under the name Gilly Lynn, but lately I’ve been wondering if it’s time to merge my work with The Brass Giraffe or go with something a little less feminine in case I want to venture into a men’s leather accessory collection. I’m a woman and a designer, so it’s only naturally for me to change my mind every now and then.
I want your thoughts! Seriously, what do you think? Do you like the fabric? Is it something you’d carry? I know I would, but I want to hear what you think. What do you want out of your clutch? What do you look for specifically when you pick out a handbag? Oh, you love it so much you want to buy one? I think we can arrange that…