Pocketbook of Roses
On your shoulder, or in the palm of your hand
If your taste runs minimalist (at least when it comes to accessories), look no further than the handbags of Dallas designer Audra Janak.
When the fashion insider couldn?t find a purse she wanted to buy, she took to the drawing board, envisioning a line of sleek, classic bags inspired by the work of American artists like Ed Ruscha and Charles Sheeler. After spending a year developing the line, Janak opened her e-commerce store in September. Since then, she has been getting great word of mouth about her Pryor portfolio ($285) and Hardin tote ($395), the two styles that comprise Janak?s debut collection.
And for good reason. The made-in-America leather beauties are streamlined models of design restraint with color-blocked schemes like black, rust and cream. (And do we love the electric-blue lining.)
It?s clear that Janak is thinking about practicality when designing her bags, which have useful pockets and detachable straps. The Pryor converts to a cross-body purse with the click of a hook. And the Hardin can be carried basket-style or on the shoulder--a versatile valise, if you will.
While she hasn?t quit her day job in men?s fashion yet, it?s obvious this budding bag designer has certainly got a handle on women?s accessories.