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María Rufina: Foldable Designer Handbags Inspired by Origami

María Rufina: Foldable Designer Handbags Inspired by Origami

Image: María Rufina website
María Rufina, a burgeoning handbag brand out of Mexico, is on to something with its purses that resemble folded origami and are leather free. Its short handle folding bag has many features that make it a must-have bag for stylish professional women.

Product Details

  • Model Name: Shopper Zipper Folding Bag Short Handle
  • Materials: Exterior: Neoprene; Interior: synthetic suede
  • Colors: Exterior: black; Interior: assortment
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 12 in x 4.5 in x 11.5 in

Review

True to its name, the bag is constructed to be entirely collapsible. It has brilliantly placed side snaps that blend into the design yet come undone, along with a top zipper and handles that can be detached. Then, the bag lays flat and can be folded and stored in other things, like a gym bag.
However, it’s not your run-of-the-mill folding bag made out of cloth or nylon. This one is much stronger. It’s made out of thick neoprene and has a synthetic suede lining. Which, by the way, the customer gets to select.
Now here comes the fun part, you can mold the bag. The neoprene surface has a laser cut, origami-style stitched pattern which makes it pliable.  Poke in the sides and bottom and you have created a uniquely shaped handbag.

Highlights

  • Entirely collapsible
  • Origami aesthetic
  • Moldable shape
  • Unique handbag

Why It’s Recommended

María Rufina foldable handbags are unique in aesthetic and design. Within 2 mins, you can deconstruct and reconstruct the bag and mold it to your liking. They are perfect for toting to the office or folding in a suitcase for travel. Visit the website to see the full collection. Note, prices are listed in pesos and might need to be converted.

Turn to the Philippines for Accessories with Abstract Appeal

Turn to the Philippines for Accessories with Abstract Appeal

All Images from Moy website
With earrings twisted and bent into irregular shapes, Moy Studio is catching eyes for its abstract appeal. Easily enough, these everyday accessories have captivated us, thus putting this brand on our radar.

Company Profile

Based out of Cebu, Philippines, Moy Studio is a sustainable brand that produces contemporary pieces rooted in Filipino tradition. Each collection is sourced from indigenous materials and crafted by local talent. Founder and designer, Christine Hamoy has channeled her creative passion into creating pretty accessories and, most importantly, social impact.

Our Pick: Honopu and Birch

The Honopu and Birch earring are our absolute favorite from the collection so far. Find out why below.

Honopu’s mismatched pairing is the embodiment of self-expression. They are unconventional and beguiling; the perfect combination.

Birch’s sleek loops elongate the neck and add a mist of elegance, making this pair a great piece for showing off the artistic subtleties found in us all.

Where to Buy

To purchase accessories and view Moy’s full collection, visit the website

When What’s Inside Does Not Always Count

When What’s Inside Does Not Always Count

Photo & Video: Gamberini Bag's social media

Meet your next signature bag — Gamberini. Coming out of Italy, Gamberini Bag is helmed by an art expert who now lends her talents to curating handbags that are as original as the woman who carries them.

About the Brand

In a tiny yet sartorial boutique along via Massimo d’Azeglio in Bologna, customers can get lost in the world of Gamberini.  Founded by Ilenia Gamberini and handmade by local artisans, bags come in supple Italian leather and vegan leather. Each season is filled with gorgeous new hues to complement the intimate range of casual to stylish designs—from carry-all totes to prim bucket bags to oversized day clutches.

Interchangeable Design

The brand is desired for its most standout feature—interchangeable appliqués that are adorned on each bag to create an elegant, artistic or sassy focal point. You decide. From reimaginations of Frida Kahlo to pieces made out of high-end designer fabrics left over from previous collections, you can change your bag depending on your mood or the setting, easily going from work to play. Each bag comes with three appliqués.

Where to Buy

Items can be purchased at the flagship store in Bologna, Italy or on Gamberini’s international website.
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Be A Working Lady with Strathberry’s Work Tote

Be A Working Lady with Strathberry’s Work Tote

Image from Strathberry.com
Strathberry totes embody clean lines, elegant styles, and sleek craftsmanship. If that description intrigues you, then read on because Strathberry might be your next purchase.

About the Brand

Strathberry is a Scottish brand started in 2013. The brand was initially a UK project to fill the void of Scottish accessories designers on the market. In 2015, a Kickstarter was launched to help the company. With its tremendous success, and funds raised, the brand was able to grow a following and quickly expand. Now its handbags, topped with a gold bar as its trademark, can be found in stores across the world and online.

The Modern Briefcase

Marketed as a modern, feminine briefcase/ everything bag, the Strathberry Tote (regular) comes in 4 different sizes, a variety of colors, and is constructed with premium leather. The design is minimal and extremely ladylike.

Duchess Effect

Meghan Markle is a huge fan of the brand and has been photographed sporting various styles.

Where to Buy

Strathberry can be purchased in stores or on the website.
Strathberry Tote Regular (image from Strathberry.com)

STAUD: American Handbags with A Twist

STAUD: American Handbags with A Twist

Staud Mini Shirley Bag
If you don’t mind a little quirkiness in your fashion, then STAUD might be the brand for you. Its handbags are a good choice for showing off a little spunk.

About the Brand

Based out of Los Angeles, co-founder, Sarah Stuadinger began STAUD as a customizable clothing brand. Then revamped itself, within four years, to become an emerging brand of “innovative pieces for contemporary women.” Along the way, STAUD has amassed a steady following and gained strong support.

Be Whimsical

STAUD’s designs are centered around modern women that have a care-free nature. While most of their handbags aren’t actually suitable for carrying all your items for work, they can accentuate outfits and are cute enough to be a hot topic of office conversation.

Where to Buy

STAUD’s handbag can be purchased on its website.