Wed Nov 10 2010
IN THE BAG To paraphrase Rihanna, custom-made accessories will make you feel like the only girl in the world. After selling his wares at shops such as Macy’s and Urban Flair, locally based self-taught handbag designer Diego Rocha opens his first eponymous boutique in the Gold Coast, where shoppers can mix and match colors, bag styles and skins (python, ostrich, lizard, stingray, lamb or alligator). Those who prefer to grab and go can choose from the sample selection of readymade designs. Bags range from $400 for a clutch to $2,600 for a carry-all-your-belongings oversize tote. Custom orders typically require four to six weeks for delivery, but Rocha will pull some strings—literally—to rush a special order. 1050 N State St, first floor (312-255-1844, diegorocha.com).