This week-end, i went to visit an exhibition at The Gathering by New York fashion designer Nada Sawaya’s, displaying several of her beautifully designed handbags. The exhibition runs until tuesday November 11 and i cannot encourage you enough to discover Nada’s creations before she heads back to New York.
Most of the bags are made of pythons skin (nature lovers, rest easy: these are farm-raised pythons ).
The skin is treated in Italy giving special effects such as color toning, matting, metallic finish or sparkles.
Some leather bags are also part of the collection, but here again Nada gives leather her special treatment. Designs on the skin are either laser cut through the leather or laser-etched on the surface, sometimes with embroidery added over the etching.
From minaudière to tote and beach bags, Nada is very flexible and can create casual as well as elegant. She also designs beautiful hand cuffs.
A very stylish, off-norm, collection that is suitable for any style… ah ! if only the prices where a little lower !
All bags come with Nada’s signature hand woven handle and most of them can be ordered in the color of your choice.
During an exclusive one on one interview with Nada Sawaya, i was able to ask some questions about her job and get some interesting answers.
- What makes your bags special and different from other designs?
I use different materials, python skin and leather, with innovative laser treatment. Of course there is also my trade mark handle.
- Why did you start creating handbags? what or who was your motivation/inspiration?
Before handbags, I was in the fashion accessory business and design jewelry. One day, I wanted a bag design that I could not find anywhere and so I decided to create myself the bag I wanted. My inspiration comes from what I would look for for myself.
- Was it always your dream and your purpose in life to be a fashion designer?
No, as i said, I was in the jewelry business and then started creating bags since no longer than five years.
- What advice would you give to future designers?
To be passionate about what they want to do and to be hard workers in order to succeed.
|The work on these bags is very interesting. The idea to replicate camouflage by laser on leather is creative and unique. If you like different, this bag will be what you are looking for.|
|Nada’s signature handle|
For more pictures and informations visit Nada’s site (click here)