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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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Spring-fresh fashion

What’s hot this spring?

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Peasant tops and cold-shoulder

We’re seeing a lot of boho-chic, peasant, cold-shoulder and off-the-shoulder tops this spring. Don’t be afraid to try these styles, but ensure your ‘girls’ are supported with a strapless bra. This is especially important for women over 30, or large-busted women. Also, do a mirror check to ensure your top is not see-through.

 

 

Coloured and patterned shoes

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If you love shoes – and really, who doesn’t, check out bold, bright shoes in a range of colours and patterns. Floral, graphic, interesting details – there are some wonderful choices to add a little pop to your look!

 

Straw bags

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Nothing says summer like straw! Really cool for spring/summer, check out the fun, fresh straw handbags. Some can be quite inexpensive and are available as clutches, handbags and totes.

 

A word about shorts

plus sheath dressanimal print skirt  denim dress

I personally don’t find shorts suitable for women over 40, no matter how nice your legs are. In France, for example, they don’t consider shorts appropriate for anyone over the age of 12. (That’s where the notion of “putting on your big girl/boy pants” comes from). So, how does the sophisticated women stay cool and chic?

I love a great summer dress, or skirt and top for warm days. The best part is that a breezy summer dress can really go anywhere – work, dinner, drinks, shopping, backyard barbecue, library… you name it. Consider it when you’re getting ready to go out.