I hadn't heard of Hester van Eeghen before this but wow, she's instantly become one of my favorite handbag
designers. The Dutch brand has spent more than twenty years building a cult following in Europe and although the bags have been available in the U.S. here and there the launch of the new U.S. website, HVEUS.com
, is something I'm sure her American followers are more than a little excited about.
Hester van Eaghen designs are colorful, structured, and an interesting blend of new and old styles that I can only think to describe as "contemporary retro." Each bag incorporates five elements into its design
in some way: beauty
, passion, shape, color, and surprise, and straps are also very important as Hester is often seen riding a bicycle to her studio in Amsterdam so having a bag that can hang from the handlebars (even evening bags!) is essential.
One of my favorites, in the gallery below
, is called Monocle
and blends happy colors of turquoise, purple, and pink in a softly structured way. It's a limited signature edition and as such comes numbered and signed by Hester van Eeghen herself. $750