Designer Dispatch: Brett Heyman of Edie Parker Handbags

Handbag Designer Brett Heyman is Changing the Way We See Luxury Accessories Today.

Brett Heyman, founder of Edie Parker, is having quite a year. Her handbag line has reached stratospheric popularity, thanks in part to her CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nomination. Modeled after vintage acrylic compartment bags from the 50s and 60s, Heyman is onto something special that is making the world of luxury accessories exciting again.

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Edie Parker Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Lara Soft Embroidered Clutch  I  Jean Embroidered Acrylic Clutch  I  Flavia Namaste Acrylic Clutch

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Brett Heyman, founder of Edie Parker, is having quite a year. Her handbag line has reached stratospheric popularity, thanks in part to her CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nomination. Modeled after vintage acrylic compartment bags from the 50s and 60s, Heyman is onto something special that is making the world of luxury accessories exciting again.

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Edie Parker Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Lara Soft Embroidered Clutch  I  Jean Embroidered Acrylic Clutch  I  Flavia Namaste Acrylic Clutch

SAKSPOV: What new ventures are you looking into as far as finishes and textiles in 2015?

BRETT HEYMAN: We’ve sampled some new materials and fabrications over the past few seasons, but they never really felt right. But we just did a soft version of our Lara bag silhouette and it’s one of my favorite bags because it’s just so unique. It has these ice ends, all of which are hand‑sculpted pieces of acrylic. The inside is like a gooey center.

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What about personalization? People have come to know Edie Parker with fun names like ‘Namaste’. 

HEYMAN: We try to keep the bespoke program fresh each season by doing a series of words that play back to the collection, as well as fashion colors. For spring there’s a photographer named Karen Knorr who did this series called ‘India Song’. To go along with that, we did some bags for sale as‑is like “Namaste,” and “Ohm,” and some Sanskrit symbols, the hamsa.

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Whatever Strikes Your Fancy

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You have an extensive background in Public Relations, so how do you get into acrylic molding? How did this enterprise get its start?

HEYMAN: I was always artistic, it was always something I wanted to do. When I had my daughter Edie, I was on maternity leave and I had some time off from Gucci, so I started researching these bags more. I had always collected them, just like a hobby. For so much of my career at Gucci and at Dolce & Gabbana, I had covered accessories. I was very aware of the evening bag market, specifically. Evening was a total afterthought. I felt like there was this hole where there could be cool, luxury evening bags that weren’t that serious.

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Luxury That Doesn’t Take Itself Too Seriously

Lara Acrylic Backlit Clutch  I  Jean Glittered Zebra Acrylic Clutch  I  Jean Sacred Acrylic Clutch

Usually in fashion things resurface and these kind of bags hadn’t quite resurfaced in a long time. Why do you think it lay dormant for so long?

HEYMAN: I think there became this negative connotation with plastic, even though the way that we pour these sheets is just as luxurious as many materials out there. People started looking to Europe, and skins, and leathers, etc. But acrylic wears well and it’s so multigenerational, because this bag will last. You can get lipstick on it, you can drop it and it’s not going to fall apart. You can pass it down, generation to generation.

 

Have fun with fashion thanks to Edie Parker.


Lancome Restores It’s Classic Climat Fragrance Exclusively at Saks

After many years in the lush Lancome vault, Climat, the iconic French perfume, has its long-awaited revival, exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue, for an ultra-limited edition run. Armand Petitjean, the founder of Lancome, named his iconic perfume Climat after Andrew Maurois’ French novel of the same name; a tale of passionate, but unrequited love. 

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Come to Saks New York Flagship and Welcome Back a French Icon – Lancome Climat

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After many years in the lush Lancome vault, Climat, the iconic French perfume, has its long-awaited revival, exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue, for an ultra-limited edition run. Armand Petitjean, the founder of Lancome, named his iconic perfume Climat after Andrew Maurois’ French novel of the same name; a tale of passionate, but unrequited love. 

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Come to Saks New York Flagship and Welcome Back a French Icon – Lancome Climat

Infused with aldehyde top notes, with rose and jasmine mid notes and a woody base consisting of vetiver and citrus, it’s no wonder Climat was such a sensation when it was first introduced to the public in 1967. And now, here’s your chance to get your hands on a fragrance that has become a treasured collectible amongst those in the know. Available only at our New York flagship store, make sure to get your bottle of Climat before it goes back into the Lancome archives.

 

Treat yourself to a French classic with Lancome.


Saks at the Shows: Shiseido for Narciso Rodriguez SS15

For Spring, we've discovered that just a touch of Shiseido eyeliner goes a long way.

Last night at Narciso Rodriguez, Dick Page created a punky look using Shiseido, in what he described as a “girl out to play.” It was a departure from the looks he had created for Narciso in the past.

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Last night at Narciso Rodriguez, Dick Page created a punky look using Shiseido, in what he described as a “girl out to play.” It was a departure from the looks he had created for Narciso in the past.

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In coming up with the look, he thought back on some of the past seasons, where the beauty had been so polished and so refined, so he thought this time, “why don’t we let the girl out to play a little bit?” There was not much going on but eyeliner. A little bit punky and thicker on the outer corner of the eye. He used pencil liner, liquid liner, and mascara “piled on.”

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Let your wild child run loose this New York Fashion Week with Narciso Rodriguez and Shiseido.