NYC-based leather accessories company Be & D first made waves in 2004 with the Garbo: a black lambskin satchel, studded with gold hardware, that represents the Harley Davidson of handbags. Founded by designers Be Inthavong and Steve Dumain, the label has remained true to its statement-making roots with designs such as the roomy nixie tote (available in bright yellow or light blue lambskin, cotton, or canvas), the flashy Marvin shoulder bag, studded wallets, and embossed crocodile iPad cases. In 2007 Be & D debuted a footwear line featuring chunky platforms and quirky designs such as Tong Gia Nguyen’s Big City sneakers: canvas high-tops decked out with hand-gilded, 24-karat gold leaf high-heel graphics on each exterior side. Sensible shoes have never been so flashy.
Based out of their Greenpoint, Brooklyn loft, Be Inthavong and Steve Dumain fashioned their first design, the Garbo, after a vintage bag found on holiday in a Beirut market. The Be & D handbag was born and has since made its way onto the prominent Hollywood “It” list. Inthavong is a Laotian native whose fashion education began in his family’s silk mills; Dumain, a New Yorker with a background in screenwriting. All pieces are equal parts hand-finished luxury and edgy rock-chic, drawing upon the eclectic backgrounds of their creators. The collection is made with premium leathers, exotic skins and custom hardware, fostering a signature aesthetic that is steadily redefining the concept of American luxury. The full collection of evening bags, clutches, and everyday bags is featured in display cases at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harvey Nichols and luxury boutiques worldwide including Gilt Groupe. A favorite among top editors and stylists, Be & D pieces have been profiled in InStyle, Elle, Lucky, Allure and Harper’s Bazaar and found on the arms of starlets like Charlize Theron, Kate Bosworth and Liv Tyler. With a whirlwind of industry buzz and an international fan base that grows daily, Be & D is an exciting addition to Gilt Groupe. <a href =“ http://www.gilt.com/blog/2009/02/01/428-photo-shoot-be-d" >Get a Behind the Scenes Glimpse </a>
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