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A fan of statement-making bags, but never one to blend in with the crowd, artsy-sophisticate designer Lia Cinquegrano launched Thomas IV, a line of bold purses that blend a bohemian spirit with a fashion-forward edge.

Handcrafted in New York City, the creative carryalls showcase intricately collaged materials like Guatemalan ikat, Pendelton-esque prints and color-blocked suede--they're unlike anything we've sported in the past.

Cinquegrano, who has a day job designing for Nanette Lepore (and makes the rest of us look like slackers), debuted her inventive collection last spring with three practical-yet-groundbreaking styles: a slouchy, striped tote ($240), a shoulder bag with braided straps ($395) and a roomy, charcoal-colored, bucket bag ($300).

The forthcoming fall collection consists of structured earth-toned satchels, houndstooth handbags and vibrant, patterned totes.

While Thomas IV handbags are hardly conservative, they're inspired alternatives to the typically unoriginal, black-and-boxy It bag.

We'll take bold over bland any day.

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