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Mexico City’s Breakout Handbags Embrace Originality Like No Other

Mexico City’s Breakout Handbags Embrace Originality Like No Other

Image: María Rufina website
Think origami lover meets industrial design artist and you have a recipe for María Rufina’s breakout handbags. Based in Mexico City, this contemporary company makes geometrical purses but with a twist. They are foldable. Yep, that’s right, fashion handbags that can be easily disassembled to fit in a gym or travel bag.

About the Brand

Founded by Kary Rivera, María Rufina is at the forefront of Mexico’s burgeoning fashion scene. The brand’s prototypical design was once a college final project, and literally, a dream come true for the former student who was facing a bout of creative block (read interview here). Since then, the idea has flourished and now includes a collection of purses and wallets.

Moldable Handbags

The collection offers four main styles in the iconic origami inspired aesthetic and a few classic styles. Bags come with a colorful interior that can be selected by the customer, and are made out of neoprene or leather. However, the signature is the folding shopper which comes with short or long handles, is moldable and has a folding feature. For a more in-depth look at this model, check out our review. With a selection of unique handbags for the offering, there is sure to be one that captivates you.

Where to Buy

Shop the collection at María Rufina online. Please note, prices may be listed in MXD($) and need to be converted to USD($).

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.

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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