Sunday, February 6, 2011

Local Accessories Designer we LOVE: NELLE

Finding that perfect handbag can often be a total challenge. Whether you know the exact price-point, style, color, and fabric you are hunting for, or you have no idea--it doesn't seem to matter, there are times when you just can't find the perfect one.

We are lucky to have SO many fabulous local designers here in the Twin Cities. From accessories, to handbags, to casual styles, and even wedding gowns--we have many talented people! NELLE is one of these amazing local brands. Laura Nelli is the brains behind this accessories line, and I can't say enough great things about her. She not only is talented, but also a wonderful and amazing woman. Here is a little bit about how she began her business taken right from her website:

In 2004, with no more sewing experience than a pillow she had constructed in home economics class, Laura Nelli, with a load of determination, a used sewing machine, and a library card, set out to learn the art of handbag design.

Her handbags, clutches, and accessories are available for purchase online and in several boutiques (30+) across the country. With price-points ranging from $60-$190, her products are well worth the investment, as they are hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind. I know that when I leave my house carrying one of my NELLE pieces no one will have the same one. Being unique is so much more fun than joining the crowd and carrying the same LV bag that your best friend has!! I ordered her HAROLD chevron bag (pictured above right) for "Christmas" and I totally and completely LOVE IT! It is a perfect size to hold everything I need and is easy and comfortable to carry. I have received TONS of compliments on it already.

And, because she was SO KIND, and I told her not to rush on getting it sent to me by Christmas, she sent one of her AMAZING clutches along with it!! It is perfect, as it is the colors for my wedding....ivory paired with black & brown! (pictured left) It couldn't be more perfect, and she couldn't have been a kinder soul to work with!

So....if you are searching for that "perfect" handbag, need a new clutch for the new year, or a gift for your sister, check out her website or find her at any of these MN locations:
Flutter Boutique-Minneapolis, Smart & Chic-Minneapolis, Picky Girl-St. Paul, Waters of Superior-Duluth.

You will not be disappointed!

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