I think a handbag is such a statement of who you are. A handbag has to fit your lifestyle, your aesthetic. I typically like to choose bags that can be used almost all year round. Handbags in exotic skins such as python, crocodile and stingray are the most beautiful and timeless as well as durable. Just like us, they wear more beautifully with age.  

My favorite designers that work with exotic skins are Jane August and Paige Gamble. They are both native New Yorkers and are very talented artisans with selective distribution. They don’t mass produce their bags or put labels on them. They both use ...

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