Une femme makes no secret of her love of purses, which in the last few years has developed into quite the obsession. Like a budding wine connoisseur, my tastes have become refined, and I’m now quite particular about my bags. I’ve moved away from logos and celebrity “It” bags, and back to those that have functionality and style that are a good fit for my life. As I posted a while back, I’m taking a more Goldilocks approach to my clothes and accessories, and holding out for those that are “just right.”
My new favorite handbag brand is Belen Echandia
. Jackie Cawthra, the Creative Director, followed her bliss
and now is creating a line of bags that’s been getting a lot of great buzz from fashion editors, exclusive retailers and especially customers. I learned about Belen Echandia bags from ladies at The Purse Forum
and purchased my first B.E., the Take Me Anywhere
a few months ago.
This bag is so appropriately named! It’s a big bag, but because it’s so soft, it’s comfortable to carry and doesn’t look overwhelming even for someone of my short stature. It has a shoulder strap, but the two shorter straps also fit comfortably over the shoulder. In addition to the two outside pockets, there’s a center zip compartment, slip and zip pockets to keep busy gals organized. It’s great for those days when you want to tote along a little extra, and will probably become my go-to bag for travel as well. I always get compliments on this bag.
So when I saw the new fall bags up on the website, I decided to go the next step, and contacted Jackie about customizing two of the new bags.
And here’s what makes Belen Echandia a unique and special company: the customer service. Jackie believes in the personal touch, and in providing a “bespoke experience” for her customers. She’s always responded promptly to my e-mail inquiries, and even called me personally to answer questions help me decide about colors and hardware on my special orders. The ladies at the Purse Forum concur, and are frequently singing her praises. Jackie also is adamant about quality and workmanship. She works with master leather crafters in Italy
; her leathers are purchased and all of the bags are made there by hand. The result is a bag of exquisite quality and design.
My special bags arrived Friday, and I cannot contain my delight. I ordered the Charm Me in red and the Love Me in crash pewter with gold hardware (silver is standard). Here are pictures of the bag styles from the website (on the left), and my own personalized versions of the bags (on the right):
The color on this bag is just amazing.
I’ve never been hugely enthusiastic about metallics, but this bag took my breath away. It’s surprisingly not bling-y, but has a very luxe appearance.
Coco Chanel once said, “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” Bags that are functional, comfortable, well designed and exquisitely made, combined with a level of personal service that’s on the verge of extinction in today’s world, make Belen Echandia stand out among other purveyors of luxury goods.
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