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35th Anniversary Collection

With so many exciting things happening around our celebration, you have been hearing about our 35th anniversary a lot lately. To commemorate some early fan favorites, we've brought some of our top styles back from the archives in a limited edition anniversary collection. Our design team had a blast looking back at old sketches, catalogs, and photos and redesigning select styles with a modern spin. Do you believe that some of the exact same Italian leathers are used in these styles that were used 35 years ago? 

Read on to see the full collection, now available for a limited time.  

The Flower is a classic silhouette with a chic minimalism. 

The Hunt is a saddle-style crossbody with a cool, retro vibe. 

The Satchel is one of our originals in a shape that has never gone out of style. 

The Index Wallet is the perfect small size with built-in functionality. The kiss-lock closure gives this style a vintage feel.  

Top any of your Brahmins with an anniversary tassel in some of our favorite Fall textures. Extra perk: monogram the limited-edition medallion to make it your own.  

Celebrate with us and shop the full collection here. Cheers to 35 years of Brahmin style and many more to come! 

-Your friends at Brahmin

Posted on August 2, 2017 and filed under Trend Inspiration.

Inspired By: Marble

It's always fun to get a glimpse into the minds of the design team and learn a little about the inspiration behind a season or collection. 

For Summer, you may have noticed a bit of a trend...

Natural elements like marble were floating around the design office as they dreamed of our Summer collection. As you can see, these marbled motifs were the inspiration behind the patterns and colorations of our Topaz and White Tortoise prints. The variations in hues and asymmetrical prints play beautifully with the textures of our leathers, creating a collection of handbags that are a true work of art.   

Shop the full collections and add a little marble to your closet here

-Your friends at Brahmin

Posted on May 4, 2017 and filed under Trend Inspiration.

Inspiration: Winter 2016

With our Winter collection making its grand debut soon (hint: two new collections will be available to shop next week!), we are sharing some of the inspiration behind the new textures, trends, and colors you are about to see.

This season, our designers were inspired by the tranquil world of the Far East. Textures are rich and luscious; the style is elegant and sultry. The collection lends a nod to elements of Asian ornamentation: it is soft and sensual with an art deco edge and geometric lines. Romantic hues dominate, accented by hints of shimmer and berry. We’re enchanted, and we think you will be, too…

Regal embellishments: Embroidery and studs add grandeur and a festive feel to the season, while lace adds femininity.  

Patchwork: Patchwork prints were all over the runways, and high contrast combinations create an impactful geometric look.

Stripes: Stripes never go out of style, but they are made new again this season with minimalistic lines and strategic placement.

Black and white: This color combination is always right, and it takes on an especially sophisticated and contemporary feel this season.

Pink: The pink of this season is a soft, dusty blush with a romantic feel.

Sage green: Serene and soft, the green of the season is wistful and elegant.

Color Palette: muted pink and green, soft neutrals, deep metallic, and a pop of berry comprise the color palette of the season.

Who is ready to start their shopping for the season ahead?

-Your friends at Brahmin

Posted on October 13, 2016 and filed under Trend Inspiration.

Behind Brinley

One of our favorite styles for Fall is most definitely the Brinley. With its on-trend top handle and structured silhouette, it is simultaneously classic and of-the-moment. We chatted with our design team about their inspiration behind the bag and are letting you in on a few of their secrets:

Brinley is our answer to the leading trend of the top handle lady bag. The structured flap lends a refined look, while the crossbody function makes it easy to wear. The gold hardware adds a fresh twist to the classic silhouette, with its oversized rings, grommets, and turn lock closure. Not forgetting functionality, we included our signature inside organization along with a roomy back slide in pocket perfect for quick access.

Blogger Sheryl Luke of Walk in Wonderland styled the Brinley in Forest Melbourne, and we love her neutral-hued fall look. Isn't Forest the perfect autumn shade? 

Shop Brinley here.

-Your friends at Brahmin

Posted on October 10, 2016 and filed under Trend Inspiration, Bloggers & Fashion.

Leopard Is A (Fall) Neutral

We prescribe to the notion that leopard is a neutral, and this fashion fact rings especially true in fall. We are already imagining all the ways we will wear the Creme Surrey collection, adding a pop of leopard in luxe calf hair to our ensembles. Whether as a wild element for a little black dress on date night or slightly more subtle inside a black handbag for a coffee run, we want to incorporate leopard into everything we wear. 

Shop the collection here: Lily clutch, Suri wallet

-Your friends at Brahmin

Posted on September 15, 2016 and filed under Trend Inspiration.

Meet Priscilla

Over the years, we have designed quite a few handbag styles. With so many favorites, if we are going to introduce a new style you can be certain that it will be good. Enter Priscilla: one of our newest structured satchels from our Fall collection. Read on to learn the inspiration behind the design, to hear what makes it a must have, and to see its journey from a sketch to the satchel you will be carrying all season. 

Millie Bautista was the mastermind behind the Priscilla, so we sat down with her to gain insight into her inspiration for this style.


She designed the silhouette in response to a need for a fashion-forward statement bag. With an angular silhouette and geometric edge, the cube anchor hardware adds to the modern look. It also has our standard interior and large back slide in pocket. 

Structured, angular, and modern. Meet your statement bag of the season.
— Millie Bautista, Senior Designer

Select your favorite color and shop here. Priscilla cannot wait to meet you!

-Your friends at Brahmin

Posted on August 30, 2016 and filed under Trend Inspiration.

Denim Blues

We are feeling blue for Fall, and denim-inspired blue hues are trending in a major way. Blue is big season after season, but this Fall the tone is a bit broken in and faded. Think: your favorite pair of jeans that have been worn countless times and only get better with each wear.

Here are some of the images that were inspiring our design team when creating the perfect shade.

The finished product is called Palace, and we think you’ll agree that it is the perfect fall shade.

Shop the entire denim blue trend here and break out your baby blues!

-Your friends at Brahmin

Posted on August 2, 2016 and filed under Trend Inspiration.

Fall 2016 Behind the Scenes

It’s beginning to look a lot like Fall here at Brahmin headquarters!  It may still be H-O-T outside, but inside the office we are surrounded by deep hues, rich textures, and elaborate details that beg for cooler days. With our Fall collection making its grand debut soon, today we are letting you into our design studio to see our inspiration this season and a behind-the-lens glimpse into our Fall photo shoot.

Our Fall collection was inspired by the convergence of classic England, where lush rustic countryside meets the weathered cobblestone streets of London. You are sure to see textures, hues, and embellishments reminiscent of the splendor of England in all of its grit and glamour.  

Artisan embellishment: Ornate embellishments inspired by architecture like artisanal embroidery, leather applique, and whipstitching create larger-than-life effects on traditional bags.

Weathered abrasion: Distressed effects and worn-in textures evoke the emotions of Fall and lend well to classic pieces full of character that only get better with age.

Denim blues: While denim is essentially seasonless, Fall is the ultimate time to don blues inspired by your favorite jeans.

Leopard print: Leopard has the unique ability to add an element of the wild while remaining chic and sophisticated. Mixed scale paneling is a fresh take on leopard print for Fall.

Color Palette: rustic neutrals, rich blues, and a pop of deep red comprise the color palette of the season. 

To shoot our Fall campaign, we took to the streets of New York. NYC served as the perfect backdrop, as city textures, architectural angles, and slick surfaces played off the embellishments, textures, and hues of the collection. Here is your exclusive glimpse into what is to come for Fall…

Are you as excited as we are?

-Your friends at Brahmin

Trend Report: Backpacks

Backpacks are having a major moment right now, and we are fully embracing the trend. Trading a purse for a pack adds an instant ease to any outfit, and these spacious styles are perfect for a day on the go where having your hands free is a plus. 

Nothing says weekend ease like distressed denim, flowy florals, and breezy pieces. The diverse outfits below show how versatile the Gloria backpack is, and how put together you can look carrying a backpack. Get inspired by some top fashion influencers seen sporting this trend...    

Select your favorite color, and shop the Gloria backpack here. In luxurious leather, both smooth and croco embossed, it is the perfect companion for your weekend adventures that will keep you on trend. Where will you take your backpack?  

-Your friends at Brahmin

Posted on June 10, 2016 and filed under Bloggers & Fashion, Trend Inspiration.

Bold in Black & White

Black and white is a color combination that we will forever love. Always chic and in style, black and white makes a bold statement in a way that color just cannot achieve. (Don’t get us wrong…we love our color, too. Don’t make us choose!)

Last week, we shared some of the inspiration behind some of our summer styles, and today we are showing you how some of the black and white looks came to life.  

Graphic prints and stripes: White Valle

Floral textures: Silver Diamondback

Floral applique: White Encelia

Shop our full black and white selection here. Do you prefer feminine florals or graphic geometric prints? Share below!

-Your friends at Brahmin

Posted on May 12, 2016 and filed under Trend Inspiration.