Recently, I went on a trip to New York for a media show. If you don’t already know what a media show is, it’s a trade show of sorts where manufacturers can show off their latest wares directly to the media. (In fact, if you’ve ever wondered where fashion editors find some of their fabulous “new picks,” it might just have been at one of these shows!) As I strolled through the aisles filled with everything from silver jewelry to cashmere scarves, I found a collection of stunning, Asian-inspired handbags, clutches and cell phone bags by Oovoo Handbag Designs. Oovoo bags are made from a mix of 100% cotton, polyester silk, leather and suede. The threads are color-fast silk and each panel is meticulously hand-embroidered.
I learned that these gorgeous handbags are the product of the efforts of two truly amazing women. Owner Pauline Lewis handles the business aspect and the creative genius comes from designer Hong Tu. Through the efforts of these two women, Oovoo Design has grown to support over 600 women in Vietnam – every one of them a true artist.
Oovoo Design has so many styles, it was impossible to choose just one favorite to share, but I was able to narrow it down to three must-haves. First, the Divine Clutch, pictured, lives up to its name! Perfect for an evening out or as a show stopping accessory for daytime. The handbag is all fabric with a removable wrist strap. Available in warm red, deep purple and classic black. Retail $65
Next, the Petite Pouch is made of buttery-soft suede with embroidered silk panels. Use the shoulder strap or remove to carry as a stylish clutch. The Petite Pouch will add a dash of romance to any ensemble and is available in no less than eight different color combinations. Retail $120
Finally, the Peacock Clutch, pictured, is also made of a combination of ultra soft suede and embroidered fabric, but this bag features an intricate peacock design in vibrant emerald, peacock blue, and black. A removable shoulder strap allows you to use either as a shoulder bag or clutch. Retail $120
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