The Art Institute of Seattle’s Fashion Marketing students, enrolled in the 3D Visual Merchandising class, were proud to present ‘The Americana Luxury Handbags: Mod Explosion Installation’ curated by The Victoria Stowe Collection. The 1960’s Mod style inspired installat...

October 28, 2017

"American fashion will never have the heritage prestige of French houses like Chanel and Hermès, but that’s not the only way to make compelling luxury bags. And for those who successfully harness the trappings of heritage, like Ralph Lauren, there’s room for expansion....

July 24, 2017

The 2017 LeMay Cars & Couture fashion show was a great success! Industry insiders believe it was the best and the largest local runway production ever - courtesy of the executive producer David M. Bailey! Despite the sweltering, almost 90-degree heat in Tacoma, about 4...

May 3, 2017

Judith Leiber was born Judith Peto in Budapest, Hungary, where in 1939 she became an apprentice at the Hungarian Handbag Guild, and the first woman Meister (master) to be recognized by the Guild for her skill and workmanship. She once commented that she learned how to...

November 20, 2014

Martin Van Schaak hardly ever advertised, and did not sell his designs in stores. His important customers—ladies of means and fame—usually discovered him by seeing his fabulous creations carried by others. Happy to get his name and telephone number, they would make an...

November 19, 2014

“Too rarefied to operate from anything as public as a showroom, he preferred to call on his society clientèle in their own homes. Any bag that bears his name is a fortuitous find.”—Tracy Tolkien, fashion collector, author and consultant.

Mr. Martin Van Schaak, the most...

November 18, 2014

The corner stone of the fabulous vintage designs by Martin Van Schaak is a sizable, 24K gold-plated ornament encrusted with sparkling crystal rhinestones, glass gems, or colorful enamel. Whimsical and artful, they usually depict various animals—such as tigers or elepha...

November 17, 2014

Classic and traditional, Martin Van Schaak handbags are not without occasional little “fantasies,” as the Master used to say himself. Crafted by skilled European artisans working on Long Island, each is a one-of-a-kind wonder. Besides custom designs, you could also cho...

November 17, 2014

In the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution in Victorian England, as well as the development of the railroad, facilitated the rise of a new social class—working women—who needed a sturdy bag for travel. Such a bag—a small and rounded leather suitcase built on a stro...

November 16, 2014

At the end of the 19th century,  as women’s lives and activities became more diverse, both in Europe and America, the demand for handbags suited to particular occasions resulted in the establishment of a new industry: handbag manufacturing. Bulky, luggage-type satchels...

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