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NYC Street Style

This past October we created a fall fantasy with the heritage and nostalgia of Etienne Aigner within the walls of Ann Street Studio. In contrast, I wanted to show the leather goods in the daily lives of real New York women: on the go yet always fashionable.

PS – a great gift for any woman in your life, and if you sign up for their mailing list, you can save 15%!

Above: Epic Satchel & Textured Wool Long Coat

Above: Page One Tote

Above:  Preface Trifold Wallet

Above: The Marker Weekender

Page One Wallet

Below: Page One Tote

Thank you, Chelsea, for being a great street style model! Xx

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Etienne Aigner

At the end of World War II, a former bookbinder began putting together leather goods with whatever materials were available. His first collection: bags fashioned out of linen harvest sacks & leather from old suitcases! As he was only able to afford one dye, all his leather was deep oxblood in color, which you know is everything this fall just as it was back then – a true classic. Fast forward 60 years to the new collection designed to be timeless & luxurious just as it’s always been, allowing women feel classically beautiful head to toe.

Do you know this story?

This is the tale of Etienne Aigner.

Above: (from top) Etienne Aigner Epic SatchelPreface I Satchel and Epic Large Satchel

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Etienne Aigner

When I was a teenager I remember buying a vintage Etienne Aigner handbag and thinking how sophisticated the design was, so understated. For me, the definition of chic is simple design, quality materials and timeless style. I recently learned the brand was under new management with Creative Director Daniela Anastasio Bardazzi and Apparel Consultant Tawfik Mounayer as they reinvision it for today’s smart, working woman while getting back to the heritage of the brand’s humble roots.

Above and below: Etienne Aigner Notched CardiganLeather Castell SkirtPreface II Dome SatchelClaudine boots and jewelry; Hat Attack scarf; vintage belt

I was talking with Daniela about what I want in a handbag: basic solid color to go with any day look, no patterns or designs, no metal pieces to make it heavier, big enough for a camera or two, quality leather, reasonable price and an outside pocket for an iPhone.

She showed me one of the bags from the new collection and my heart flipped; it was exactly what I wanted. I’ve been carrying it for over a month now and even my girlfriends commented on how much they liked it and how hard it is to find simple, chic, wearable bags like this one. Then of course there is the discussion of price point. I think Etienne Aigner falls in that perfect category of woman who is looking for something longer lasting than what we pickup at mass chain stores but not so much it’s an investment piece from a luxury fashion house.

Above and below: Etienne Aigner Anastasia TunicEpic Satchel and Claudine Boots; custom-made hat; Marc by Marc Jacobs scarfTrussardi gloves

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