A few weeks back, I posted about a must-have bag from Houston designer Mary Nichols and I’m excited to have recently had the opportunity to interview her about her gorgeous handbag collection and what we can expect to see next from her amazing talent. Make sure you read through to the end of the interview…there’s a little surprise!
What inspires the handbags that you create?
I am inspired by everyday life. I think about what is missing from my wardrobe and go from there. I then look to artists or places I travelled to get inspiration for colors and design details.
My favorite handbag in your collection right now is the Bleecker bag, because I love carrying a bag that fits everything I need to get through the day. What is your current favorite? Is there one that you consider your everyday essential?
The Bleecker Bag is my best seller. It is a fantastic everyday bag (it will hold a laptop), but is also a great transition to evening bag because it’s not a huge tote. My current favorite is the Porter Tote in Sand Canvas. I recently got married and have my new initials monogrammed in red on it. It’s a great lightweight summer everyday bag.
When you’re creating a piece what do you hope the style brings to your customers?
I am hoping to bring functionality to customers, as well as a hard to find classic, statement pieces.
What is your perfect bag for: Work? Date night? Chic Weekend?
I am expanding into more one of a kind exotic handbags. A few are available online, but a customer can design a custom one by making an appointment. The unlimited options and colors are really fun to work with.
What brings happiness, success and style into your life?
I am very aware that there are endless accessory options for customers. I get so excited and flattered when someone chooses something I have created – it is so fulfilling. I find great happiness searching for new ideas for designs.
I’m so excited that Mary has so kindly offered to giveaway one of the great pieces of jewelry that she carries. This rose gold leather cuff is a pretty pink metallic leather and gold hardware. It is valued at $50 and you can enter below!
The giveaway closes at midnight on July 31 and the winner will be announced on August 1.