Brahmin on TV

You know what we love to do on a winter evening? Nothing. And by “nothing,” we mean cozying up in front of the television and watching one of our favorite dramas unfold. And because the hibernation gods are particularly kind this time of year, we now have a legitimate, practically professional reason to tune in.

Brahmin is starring in not one, not two, but three of the biggest and buzziest shows of the season. Guys, we’re famous (and props to all you handbag aficionados who spotted us on screen!).

For those of you who missed Brahmin’s repeat cameos because you were busy, doing stuff (to each their own), allow us to recap them for you:

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When actress Viola Davis isn’t busy polishing her Oscar, you’ll find her carrying her Brahmin in the hit ABC series, How To Get Away With Murder. Davis plays Annalise Keating, a brilliant law professor and criminal defense attorney who carries a Joan Tote in Black Melbourne in every episode (but who’s counting?)

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Joan Tote in Black Melbourne

DYNASTY

Ah, Dynasty. The CW’s modern reboot of the 1980s soap has all the intrigue, camp, and conspicuous bling you’d expect from a show that’s all about intrigue, camp, and conspicuous bling. But this time around, we’re not interested in vendettas. We just can’t wait to see which Brahmin handbags will be sharing the spotlight. So far, we’ve spotted Brinley in Sandshell Pachanga, the Anywhere Convertible, and the Business Tote in Pecan Melbourne.

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Brinley Satchel in Sandshell Pachanga

EMPIRE

If you haven’t seen or heard of Empire on Fox, then we really admire all the work you do on that wildlife preserve in Antarctica. Seriously, there’s a reason why this epic, star-studded drama (hello Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard!) is entering its fourth run: it’s ridiculously good. This season, Diana Dubois (Phylicia Rashad) carries the Ruby in Toasted Macaroon Melbourne. And our life is complete.

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Ruby Satchel in Toasted Macaroon Melbourne

You may have recognized a recurring theme here: all of the styles featured in these shows are sharp, professional-looking pieces carried by major power players. So when someone comments on your binge watching habits this weekend, simply say you’re researching stylish new looks for the office. Works for us!

xo

Posted on January 18, 2018 and filed under As Seen In.

Capsule Collection

Big news: our Capsule Collection has landed, and you are not going to want to miss out on these exclusive styles. Designed with the most eye-catching leathers and special details, each style is a true showpiece. They were produced in super-limited quantities (think double digits), so hurry up and don't let your favorites slip away. Believe us, there is nothing worse than (non)buyers remorse.  

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Romance meets edge: bright blooms are the perfect contrast to a deep, moody background. 

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Who knew multi-colored snakeskin, pink accents, and gold studs made such a stunning combination? (Both hands in the air!)

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A graphic ombre in brown and cream makes a chic statement, and hand-applied ink adds an extra element of luxe. 

Which is your favorite? Hurry up before it's g-o-n-e for good. See the full collection here.

XO, Brahmin

Posted on January 5, 2018 .

Last Minute Gifts

We mean this in the most polite, non-pushy way possible, but it’s time to wrap things up!

The holidays are closing in, and if you haven’t finished checking off your list, you’re probably starting to panic. First of all, breathe. You’re not alone. Gifting block is real. If you’ve ever given (or received) a coupon for One Free Hug, you know this to be true.

The good news? We went ahead and rounded up fail-proof gifts for everyone on your list. Here, our tried and true, most-loved, sure-to-thrill styles. You barely have to lift a finger (other than clicking).

So tie things up, and then kick back. You can send us that coupon for a hug later.

Xo Happy Merry!

The Harper

Our latest and greatest: this roomy satchel is structured, spacious, and all-around perfect for workdays and getaways.
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The Madison

Phone? Check. Cards? Check. This trim crossbody is the ultimate gift for that girl on the go.

The Mini Dartmouth

Score extra credit for originality. Our compact, on-trend backpack is the style that’s guaranteed to surprise.
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Envelope Clutches

Take note: these slim clutches are big on style. Carry in hand, or stash them in a larger bag (or stocking).
Posted on December 18, 2017 and filed under Gift Guide.

You're Invited: Celebrate In Store

December is one long month of holiday parties. Or, one long month of deciding which holiday parties you’re going to RSVP ‘yes’ to.

Well, this one’s a no-brainer.

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Our boutiques are hosting a can’t-miss holiday event on Saturday, December 9th from 11am to 3pm. We’re treating our guests (that’s you) to bubbly cocktails, little bites, and special savings on some of our favorite looks of the season.

Better yet? We’ll wrap every present you purchase in our signature gift box and bow. Seriously, when was the last time a holiday party made life easier?

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Score a special gift with purchase when you spend $250 or more. And the first ten guests at the door earn an extra surprise (#Itpaystobepunctual #NewYeargoals).

So mark your calendar and RSVP here. We’ve got some partying (and some shopping) to do.

Happy Merry! Xo

Take Note: Our envelope clutches are sold exclusively at Brahmin boutiques. Don’t forget to pick one up!

Take Note: Our envelope clutches are sold exclusively at Brahmin boutiques. Don’t forget to pick one up!

Posted on December 7, 2017 and filed under Events.

Holiday Travel Tips

With the most travel-y holiday of the year just around the corner, there’s a good chance that you’re packing a weekend bag this very moment. There’s an even better chance that you’re reading this as a way to avoid packing said bag (procrastinators of the world, unite).

We get it. Packing is a chore. There’s something uniquely stressful about picking through the contents of your closet, arranging them into a pile that feels too big (do I need all of this?) or too small (don’t I need more than this?), and then cramming it all into something that has to fit on your shoulder, in an overhead bin, or somewhere between the roasted cauliflower and pecan pie on the backseat.

The good news is, packing for the holidays doesn’t have to be a Herculean task. In fact, with the right travel bag and a few ingenious folding tips, it can almost be (dare we say it?) fun.

That’s why we here at Brahmin have prepared a little packing cheat sheet. It’s guaranteed to get you out the door, over the river, and through the lines at security in style. Check out our cleverest tips and of course, our absolute favorite bags:


“I roll my clothes instead of folding them to save room and avoid wrinkles. I’m always surprised by how much I can fit into a small carry-on with this technique!” Ashley T., Merchandising

I love to coordinate my handbags with each outfit, but that takes up so much space. This year, I’ll be packing my Reya and a collection of flaps. One bag, endless options!
— Michelle M, Marketing

“Once I’ve finished packing, I go back and remove an entire outfit from my bag. I always tend to over pack.” Ashley R, Web Design

Finding a travel bag that fits a lot but doesn’t weigh you down is key. I love the Anywhere Weekender.
— Chelsea R, Marketing

“Pack shoes at the bottom of your bag and arrange them heel-to-toe. You’ll be able to fit in an extra pair.” Annika W, Graphic Design

A mini crossbody like the Madison is a lifesaver at the airport. It frees your hands while keeping your phone and ID within reach (no rummaging at security required).
— Liana S, Copy

“Netflix and Amazon Prime have downloading features. Download shows before you hit the road and you won’t need a wifi password to watch.” Lauren W, Graphic Design

“Lay chunky knits on the bottom of your bag instead of folding them. The weight of the other items on top literally squeezes out air and extra bulk.” Iris C, Marketing

There you are! Wishing you safe and happy travels.

Xo Brahmin

Posted on November 21, 2017 .

#BrahminCheer

Some people segue right from Halloween into holiday mode (and they always live next door, and they always outshine us with their light displays). Other people—meaning, everyone else—require a little coaxing before they can fully embrace the holiday spirit. A fall of snow, a glowing fireside, any kind of sugar cookie…you get the idea.

At Brahmin, the only thing we need to achieve instant cheer is this brand new video featuring two of our favorite it-girls (and real life friends), fashion blogger Jacey Duprie and actress Grasie Mercedes. Watch them get ready for a holiday party and gift this season’s must-have looks (if that Arden Satchel in Sky Carlisle doesn’t make you melt, nothing will). There’s even a cameo by Jacey’s adorable bulldog, Polly Pringle Smalls (yes, that’s her real name and yes, she has her own instagram @pollypringlesmalls if you fall in love and want to see more).

So hit ‘play,’ and if you’re not at work, crank up the volume. Because honestly, you can’t be all ‘humbug’ once these two start gifting handbags.

Want more? Shop the styles in the video here. 

Happy Merry!

Posted on November 8, 2017 and filed under Gift Guide.

Blue in Bloom

If you follow trend reports and style blogs (clearly, you do), then you’ve probably heard that floral prints are having a moment (clearly, they are). This season, designers scattered flowery motifs all over the runways—not your timid violets and dewy tea roses—but riotous bouquets blooming against dark backgrounds.

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Well, we here at Brahmin love a trend. And we love a floral print. So you can imagine just how excited we were to grow our own version of this look (pun very much intended).

Inspiration for the idea first sprouted (sorry, we had to) when one of our designers at our Massachusetts headquarters opened her notebook and shared a sketch that our team uniformly fell in love with: a wintery palette of pale blue flowers. The custom image was hand-painted in-house, and then printed on croc embossed leather in a shade of midnight blue to add texture and dimension. The result is Navy Madeleines, a perfect hybrid of romance and edge. Pair it with jeans or your most daring heels—it’s as versatile as it is fresh.

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This print feels denim-friendly and season right. It’s a transitional, year-round floral.
— Natalie Volk, Brahmin Designer

So, there you have it. This centerpiece of our new collection is bound to be a conversation piece wherever you take it.  

Put the petal to the metal, and keep on styling. Shop the full collection here

xo Brahmin

Posted on November 1, 2017 and filed under Behind the Scenes.

Brahmin at the InStyle Awards

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Pardon us while we shake the glitter from our hair—and handbags.

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Brahmin walked the red carpet on Monday night as an official sponsor of the third annual InStyle Awards, held in Los Angeles. The A-list event, hosted by InStyle editor-in-chief Laura Brown, honors the celebrities and artists who inspire trends and define major moments in fashion. Hollywood elites such as Zendaya, Selena Gomez, Faith Hill, and Cate Blanchett—who took home the Style Icon Award—gathered for an intimate (read: exclusive) dinner at the Getty Center to celebrate the occasion, and Brahmin was right there in the middle of the buzzy, glitzy action. (Check out our handbag display below!)

Our top highlights included watching Petra Flannery nab Stylist of the Year, the coveted title sponsored by yours truly.

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To put our own special mark on the evening (well, besides our logo on the step-and-repeat), we invited some of our favorite influencers to join us. Fashion writer and blogger Louise Roe of Front Roe positively glowed in Victoria Beckham—plus adorable baby bump.  Brittany Xavier brought her usual dose of LA cool to the table, while Sydne Summer, Sheryl Luke, Michelle Tractenberg, and Sazan Hendrix of Sazan (also rocking a picture-perfect baby bump!) showed up carrying our brand new Sandrine clutch in colors and textures of their choosing.  

The Sandrine won’t be available until early 2018, but here are some images to inspire you (how gorgeous is that green??). Plus, more behind-the-scene peeks from our star-studded night!

Kiss-Kiss! (read: See You Soon!)

Posted on October 27, 2017 and filed under Events, Bloggers & Fashion.

It's National Handbag Day! (Hooray!)

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Technically speaking, every day is handbag day here at Brahmin (it’s a tough job, but…). What makes October 10th so special is that we get to celebrate our obsession on a grander scale. Today, we grab life by the top handles and proudly declare, “Yes, we need another bag. Really.”

Not that we have to preach about bags to you, the official choir, but to honor the occasion, we’ve jotted down the top six reasons why handbags deserve a special day of their own.

1. They’re the ultimate companions.

Your bag has your back. It stays by your side, keeping you organized and schlepping all the stuff you’d otherwise drop, forget, lose, and leave behind on the way. (Incidentally, Uber: You have all our umbrellas).

2. They’re portable works of art.

Handbags are things of beauty. Case in point: Have you seen our new Gabriella Satchel in Ivy Cellini? A fantasy of Italian velvet and elaborate embossing, it inspires second glances and audible sighs.

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3. They make an outfit.

For those mad-dash mornings when you have to excavate leggings from the laundry heap: a structured, textured handbag swinging from your shoulder makes the difference between “artfully undone” and just plain undone.

4. They’re extensions of your personality.

Are you wild about leopard prints? Is creative patchwork your thing? Do you feel pulled together with a classic satchel poised on your wrist? Your favorite handbag is a tool of self-expression. Own it.

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5. Pockets are cute in theory, but useless in practice.

Seriously, if you’ve got more than a set of keys and a case of Tic-Tacs to carry, don’t even bother.

6. They make fail-proof gifts

No one has ever been disappointed by a handbag because, reasons 1-5.

Have we left anything off the list? Share your thoughts and we’ll add it on!

And now that we’ve paid proper homage to handbags, we can get down to business.  See how these tastemakers and style-setters are wearing our favorite looks, and start celebrating!

 

Posted on October 10, 2017 .

Meet The Reya

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We are so excited to introduce our very first customizable bag...drum roll for the Reya! You get to play the designer and choose the body, flap, and tassel to create your perfect style. As you can see below, it's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

In case you need a little inspiration, here are a few of our favorite combinations. May we suggest multiple flaps for instant outfit changes?

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Start creating your own crossbody now here

-Your friends at Brahmin 

Posted on September 21, 2017 .