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Introducing Duval artisan handbags

Duval handbags

Duval handbags may be relatively new on the scene, but it’s a dream come true for designer Esther Hempel.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet Esther and hear how she designs and manufactures her collection of handbags by hand.Duval tools of the trade

Yes, that’s right – everything is hand-crafted by Esther: hand-punched and hand-sewn.

These are gorgeous bags, made of the finest Canadian-sourced suedes and leathers. Esther’s care and attention to detail means that each bag takes about 14 hours for her to make. How did she begin her business?

 

“I learned to never settle,” says Esther. “Always go for your dreams.”

Duval handbags was launched in June 2016 and now includes a collection of eight handbags in styles including tote, cross-body, shoulder bag, wristlet and clutch.

“My collection is inspired with timeless styles, but with an edge,” said Esther. “They are versatile and go anywhere, from day to night.”

Esther also believes in giving back. “If we all do a little bit, we can make the world a better place,” she says. Esther donates 10% of her profits to the charity, A Better World Canada, which is currently supplying textbooks to Kenya.

Please visit her website, www.duvalcanada.com for more information and to purchase her well-crafted bags.

Another Edmonton fashion success story!

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“Florals for spring…

…how ground breaking…”   

                             — Miranda Priestly, Devil Wears Prada.

Well, it’s spring again, and the stores are bursting with floral prints. It seems every spring we are faced with the same offerings.

rula-sibai-pink-flowersThere are ways to give florals a modern update, while still celebrating the warmth of spring. Colours, textures and other prints can each give florals an update.

If your wardrobe is bursting with florals, here are some ideas to consider:

 

 

Floral and stripe  stripe top floral skirt

This combination, right, works because it is anchored by the navy in both the striped top and floral skirt. Also, prints mix well when the scale of one is larger than the other.

floral stripe shirtIn this cute top, left, the floral print is a larger scale than the stripes.

 

 

 

Floral and Polka Dots

floral dot skirt

 

Another fresh combination, left, is a great floral print and classic polka dots (left).

In this print combination, you can see the fabulous effect scale has. Mottled floral pattern in the background, with a large dot print.

 

 

And, if florals are not for you at all, try mixing dots and stripes (below) – very fresh for spring!carolina herrera dots

I hope this gives you some inspiration to liven up your own floral prints for spring!