Meet the ‘Insatiable Critic’ and her love affair with handbags

A Comprehensive Guide To Fall Handbags (All Under $300!)

Theyre not art objects, and in some cases theyre not particularly useful, because theyre too small. What appeals to me is how intricate some of them are and how complex and how they reveal a particular period of time. I love the artistic craft in many of these bags. I was looking at a few that are, amazingly, are in perfect condition. Someone has very lovingly replaced the silk lining and maybe even added a pocket.

Dallas Life: Linsey Stiles creates custom handbags in her garage

One of the sketches is a custom design for a client who wants a bag with a slot for a breast pump. She will have it manufactured going from my artwork at a factory of her choice, Stiles says. Another bag is designed to open efficiently and store a photographers gear. The customer wanted high style, easy access, a safe spot for an extra lens and pockets for memory cards. Another client wanted a bag with extra-long fringe, and Stiles was thrilled to experiment. The commission turned out so well that she decided to make more fringed bags, creating the fringe from leather in various colors and textures.

Read More Its that time of year again. Im not even going to say it. I will say, however, that were getting dangerously close to the point where it no longer makes sense to be carrying around tiny, brightly colored messenger bags and dainty clutches. No, my friends, we are officially within reach of carry-all hour. Its time to start singing the funeral dirge for your favorite summertime accessories, but fear not at least one of these 15 fall-ready totes and satchels is bound to suit your fancy and ease the pain.


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