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These days, we're giving the logo-laden status handbag a pass. Instead, what seems modern and stylish is simplicity--which is why we're drawn to the designs of Marie Turnor.

Sold at local indie boutiques such as Mohawk General Store and Lake, the line includes clutches, bags, wallets and card cases in inventive colors such as cherry, acid green and plum as well as tans, grays and shiny metallics.

But it's the Picnic Clutch ($175) that makes us salivate. Delightfully simple, it looks like a slightly oversized brown lunch bag, done up in various hues of buttery-soft leather and fastened at its roll top with an invisible magnet. And the brand has just come out with a mini version called The Snak ($115).

Another standout design is the Day for Night Clutch, an envelope of silver, gold or bright embossed leather that manages to fit everything we need for a night out, yet it's still minimalist pretty ($120).

Marie Turnor is the nom de bag of an Angeleno named Beth Goodman, a former stylist and clothing designer whose first fashion job was selling handbags at Bloomingdale's in New York. We're happy she's off the sales floor and into the atelier--where the humble brown lunch bag inspired her to greatness.

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