|Gone with the Wind Bowler in blue by Vanessa Boulton, $110|
|Gone with the Wind Bowler in blue (detail)|
Vanessa Boulton first met with me at shopSCAD for an artist's appointment several years ago when she was first beginning her studies at SCAD. She was an illustration student that had created just a few pairs of earrings she was interested in selling. They were nice, so I purchased them... but nothing prepared me for the wonderment she would create years later nearing her graduation from SCAD.
With family in tow from Venezuela to attend the graduation ceremony, she showed up at shopSCAD with several suitcases bursting with her new line of handbags. As she pulled one after another out of the cases, I could hardly contain my enthusiasm. I flipped over her unapologetically cute bags in sturdy shapes, impeccably crafted and made distinct by the crowning adornment of her original illustrations.
But, she was a SCAD illustration student!
Who knew she would be destined to be the next great handbag designer?
Vanessa is now selling her line of bags nationwide and received the Creative Accesory Design award at the Miami International Fashion Week in 2010.
Watch video clip interview with Vanessa at the end of this post!
|Squirrel in the Woods Hobo in green by Vanessa Boulton, $110|
I have to insert here my appreciation of Vanessa's product styling-
love the colors, parrots, hair and clothes!
|Squirrel in the Woods Hobo in green, $110|
Her bags are all limited edition and have the potential to be real heart-breakers, so if you see a bag you like snatch it up while you still can!
|Birds of Paradise Tote in gold by Vanessa Boulton, $110|
|Birds of Paradise (interior detail)|
The print on the inside of this Birds of Paradise bag is so gorgeous,
I might buy it just for that!
|Peacock Bag by Vanessa Boulton, $100|
The Peacock Bag is almost out of edition, and our most popular bag EVER so buy it now if you are so inclined.
|50s Tote in caramel by Vanessa Boulton, $100|
|Tropicalia Hobo in yellow by Vanessa Boulton, $100|
|Wildflowers Tote in magenta by Vanessa Boulton, $110|
|Wildflowers Tote in aqua by Vanessa Boulton, $110|
|Artist / Handbag Designer: Vanessa Boulton|
|Vanessa Boulton at market with all her fabulous creations|
Vanessa Boulton graduated from SCAD in 2005 with a B.F.A. in illustration.