Meet my obsession.
Handbags, meet my readers.
Yes, it's true, I have an obsession for accessories and purses from my ridiculous obsession with Louis Vuitton to perfectly crafted wallets and clutches you find thrift stores.
Meet Lori Chalmers - the new it girl of handbags from Toronto. If you scour the pages of Lucky like I do, you probably noticed one of her designs here or notice what handbag Lady Gaga is carrying. (I do because I love her!)
Well Lori was nice enough offer up one of her handmade clutches to you from her line, Cha Cha. Christmas is coming early ladies, in the form of this beautiful Lola mini clutch.
But, first, who is Lori you may wonder? Read below to find out more about her inspiration, designs and what she would be doing if she wasn't designing bags. Follow her on Twitter for more @Lori_CHA_CHA.
Where does your inspiration come from for your designs? Do you design with celebrities, time periods or friends in mind?
My design process is often quite selfish, I design what I like and what I want to wear. As soon as I start trying to figure out what other people would like my designs start to get ugly.
When you are concepting a new design or making bags, what is your creative routine?
I have a bit of a ritual. I gather up all kinds of things that I like, a piece of jewelry, a photo, a swatch of fabric, a book cover it could be anything that has caught my attention. Then I isolate myself, often in a hotel (for some reasons I focus well when working from a hotel room) I spread out all of my inspiration pieces on the bed, pour a coffee and start sketching. After many drawings and many coffees I have a new collection.
What's one of your most favorite designs and why?
Hmm... never thought about that. Usually my favorite design is my most recent design. But I would say the bag I use the most is "Entourage", it's big, blue goes with everything I wear.
You love ice cream - What's your favorite flavor?
I recently found a really yummy coconut cream pie flavor, this month that is my favorite.
Are you going to expand your line into more accessories?
I would like to. For years I have been daydreaming about the perfect little leather jacket. It will happen eventually.
What are your favorite blogs or magazines you are reading now?
Almost everyday I stop by Style Bubble, she's fun and so cute.
Will you expand the Eco-Conscious line to develop more designs featuring salvaged materials?
Yes. When I first started making handbags I was using a lot of recycled and salvaged leather. I would like to bring that back.
If you have an iPhone, what are your top 3 fav apps?
I had an iPhone for a month but sold it and went back to the Blackberry. I am a creature of habit.
For someone seeing your bags for the first time, summarize your designs in one sentence.
A Cha Cha handbag is like your best friend- charming, chic, and reliable, the perfect partner in crime.
If you weren't designing full time, what would you be doing?
I have narrowed it down to 3 possible careers.
Chef, Pilot or owner of a fruit stand on a tropical island. It's always good to have a plan b.
Now it's your turn, leave a comment here or tweet this for more chances to win. (Leave your e-mail in the comment section so I can contact you.)
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Contest ends Friday, November 27.
[Disclosure: No payment was made in exchange for this post. Giveaway is courtesy of the designer.]