Designer spotlight

Meet the brains behind two local handbag lines, then enter our giveaway to win a bag for yourself!

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    La Garonne clutch, $295 (normally $369), at

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    La Garonne satchel in red claret, $317 (normally $396), at

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    La Garonne satchel in brown claret, $317 (normally $396), at

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    Ellie bag, $475, at Hayden-Harnett

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    Travail tote, $467 (normally $583), at

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    Verve bag, $302 (normally $473), at

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    Nairobi bag, $348 (normally $435), at

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    Pocket bag, $176, at Hayden-Harnett

    WIN THIS HANDBAG! To enter for the chance to win Corrente's Pocket bag in bronze or plum, visit

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    Metro Wallet, $52 (normally $65), at

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    Designer Corie Humble

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La Garonne clutch, $295 (normally $369), at

Catherine Meyer of Follis | Corie Humble of Corrente

Corie Humble of Corrente (
Who she is: Humble began her creative endeavors studying painting at the California College of the Arts; she then worked at galleries for roughly five years before the urge to design kicked in. "I actually wanted to bring the fanny pack back in a really cute, hip fashion," she admits. Humble took a few classes at FIT "on a whim" in 2004 before parlaying her fine-art background into making handbags. "It's very three-dimensional," she says. "It's like creating a little sculpture." In May 2007, she began Corrente, which she runs from a workshop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.


About the line: By mixing textures and colors, Humble manages to create geometric carryalls ($65--$583) that are equal parts form and function (nearly every bag has an outside pocket). Though Humble works with Italian leather, she sources it from local vendors and produces everything with a small staff in Brooklyn. She also uses colorful patterned Alexander Henry fabric for the lining of her satchels. "I'll never put black lining in because you can't find anything," she explains. "I like the contrast when you open it up. It's sort of like lingerie; it's the area of the bag just for the person." Come February, she'll be offering made-to-order bags online, where you'll be able to choose the shape, handle, leather combinations and lining of your tote.


Where to buy: Hayden-Harnett (211 Franklin St at Freeman St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn; 718-349-2247, and Grand Central Holiday Gift Fair (Grand Central Terminal, Park Ave at 42nd St; 212-340-2345,, November 15 through December 24. Or enter coupon code "TONY20" when shopping online at for 20 percent off all purchases through November 10.


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