|By: Mariana L.|
The Purse Page’s Mariana Leung visited the design studio of handbag and Jewelry designer Kara Ross for a Fashion Week sneak peek. The designer hosted a lovely breakfast as a little sanctuary away from the Bryant park tents in her showroom. Coming up for Fall and Holiday of 2010, the designer presented some luxurious clutches in python, metallic treated skins and stingray. Many of the bags had her signature jeweled closures.
One of my favorite groups, were the bags with the whip handles. Eat your heart out horse-bit Gucci, the handles on these bags are intricately braided soft leather like the classic horseback riding tool. These bags are also Ms. Ross’s favorite this season too.
A visit to the actual design studio was refreshing. As expected, there were containers and containers of trims, stones, hardware and skins for inspiration and color. However, I also expected a large office where timid assistants come running in to do her bidding. Instead, Kara’s humble desk is in a corner of a large room with her team at similar desks around her, with a central work table in the center.
Also in the works for Kara Ross, is an upcoming collaboration with good friend Tory Burch. The designers are soon to debut a collection of jewelry inspired by a one-of-a-kind piece made for Tory featuring a variation on a classic evil eye motif.