#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 .

Cheers to 35 Years!

If you follow us on Instagram (and you totally should - click here), you may have seen photos from our 35th anniversary soiree in NYC last week. Together with host Louise Roe, we rolled out the leather carpet and celebrated in a sea of beautiful handbags. Guests were welcomed by walking through a hallway of hanging bags from our Fall collection towards a bar underneath a wave of illuminated paper bags. They were fully immersed into the design process, surrounded by sketches, leather accents, and finished styles. Take a peek below for a glimpse into all the decadent details.  

The atmosphere: our signature leathers everywhere! A large leather wall as a backdrop for photos, a lounge with leather pillows and rug, and handbags displayed in every direction. 

The activities: Guests struck a pose for the photo booth and created custom leather key chains for their bags. Dallas Shaw illustrated guests with their handbags, while Harley Viera-Newton spun party tunes.  

The guest list: founders Bill and Joan Martin, CEO Susan Thacker, Louise Roe, editors, influencers, and more

The menu: Brahmin-themed signature cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres, finished with sweet treats

Thank you to everyone for giving us a reason to celebrate! Cheers to the next 35 years and beyond!

-Your friends at Brahmin 

Posted on August 14, 2017 and filed under Events.

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.

Vintage Vibes With Meagan's Moda

There is no doubt that vintage is having a major moment in fashion right now. What's old is new again, and anything with a retro vibe feels cool and fresh. Our blogger friend Meagan Brandon of Meagan's Moda has long been a Brahmin fan, and she was thrilled to find a vintage Brahmin Hunt bag on eBay. It seems to have become a wardrobe staple within Meagan's handbag rotation, and we can see why - its saddle shape is just as relevant today as it was when it was originally designed in 1982. Scroll through to see what we mean. 

In fact, we loved her style so much that when it came time for our design team to choose a few best-sellers from our archives for a limited-edition anniversary collection, the Hunt was a must. Here is the update to this classic in Pecan Concordia, an original Brahmin leather combination with a pop color on the trim.  

Celebrate our 35th anniversary with us with a piece from our limited-edition anniversary collection (we think the Hunt is a fabulous choice). Shop here

-Your friends at Brahmin

Behind The Bag

Yesterday, we shared some photos of our handbags' journey through the design process from a vision to reality. Today, take a tour of our factory with some behind the scenes footage as our bags come to life before your very eyes.   

PS - something BIG is happening today. See what all the hype is about and click here

-Your friends at Brahmin

Posted on July 25, 2017 and filed under Behind the Scenes, Legacy & Craftsmanship.

The Making Of A Brahmin

We are so excited to be celebrating our 35th anniversary this year! We love to celebrate, and we're taking the opportunity to pull the curtain back a bit and share the story behind our handbags. 100% of our products are designed in house in Massachusetts, and no detail is overlooked.  

Read on and scroll through the images to see what goes into each handbag we create. You're sure to see a lot of thought, attention, and passion behind each style.   

It all begins with a sketch…

Our bags live in paper form to perfect every design long before leather is used.

We go the distance for our leathers. Our design team selects the finest leathers from Italy and around the world.

It takes over two dozen artisans over 100 steps to make each handbag.

Stay tuned for something big tomorrow as we celebrate our 35th anniversary and really get the party started...

-Your friends at Brahmin 

Posted on July 24, 2017 and filed under Legacy & Craftsmanship.