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.