This weekend I had the pleasure of hosting a trunk show for up and coming handbag designer Lauren Cecchi. Lauren spent the day at Zoe and shared her talent and story with us and our customers. Lauren’s amazing all leather handbags are truly works of art. Crafted in New York City, these bags are just the beginning of what I know will be a long and exciting career.
I am thrilled that PopInShop, a service that connects designers and stores to host trunk shows, helped make this happen. Lauren was looking for a store in the Washington, DC area and was attracted by Zoe’s profile on the site (and all the color she saw in pictures of the store)!
A former buyer in New York, Lauren suddenly found herself without a job and instead of settling for anything, she took the bold step of pursuing her passion. She began sketching last April, connected with a leather tannery in upstate New York and by January had her first line – all of which are produced in the Garment District in New York.
The quality of her handbags is top notch and I am in love with her choice of colors. This Spring/Summer she boasts a fun fruit-inspired line with pineapple, cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew as the stars of the collection. (Watch for pictures of me with my new Watermelon Mezzo bag in the next few weeks).
Lauren’s Fall collection will include colors inspired by strong, passionate women with lipstick red, chocolate and rose gold included in the palate. I saw some photos and I can’t wait to get my hands on the lipstick red handbag. As you can guess, we bonded over our mutual love of color!
Lauren was a delight and a true talent. She even styled a couple of outfits just for fun! Visit the Lauren Cecchi website and take a look at her collections. Stay tuned because she plans to introduce more handbag styles and I’m sure even more color in 2015.
Thank you, Lauren, for sharing your Saturday with Zoe!