City Pulse

By Jan Lee


Lauren Merkin Char Zebra linen clutch ($200)

Fashion-savvy city ladies (say that three times fast) are always looking for that statement bag that will get them stopped at least three times on the way to dinner and then even more in the restaurant. I don’t know anyone who can get enough of, “I just love your bag!” If you aren’t hearing these words enough, we have something for you: Lauren Merkin Handbags. Eye-catching fabrics and timeless designs are what make women fall in love at first sight.

Merkin is just as intrepid as her beloved handbags. In the summer of 2002, she found herself with an MBA, but without the creative job she craved, so she whipped out her Singer. After creating three bag styles and a portfolio of samples, she cold called buyers at top Manhattan boutiques and by the end of the spring of 2003 Lauren Merkin was one of Bergdorf’s best sellers.

Now, the collection includes day, evening and, most recently, cosmetic bags for all to flaunt and covet. Each shape has a name and personality of its own, which helps you decide what you’re really looking for. Need something bold and bright to punch up your outfit? Take Sadie with you. For the perfect evening accessory, take Caroline in raspberry. A day at the beach? Cassie is game.

Shop now at and for you’re next dinner, you’ll have to leave earlier to make time for all the compliments you’ll get on the way.

Originally published July 2008
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