Handbag designer Lauren Merkin's distinctive, impeccably designed clutches have shown up in the hands of many a red carpet-walking starlet. Merkin's unexpected color and material combinations make styles like the Caroline — a sleek, slender clutch with a ruched flap — and the puffy, chain-strapped Diana bag perfect for special occasions and fancy affairs. For everyday use, Merkin's collection features studded calfskin shopper totes, chic laptop bags, grained satchel purses, and crossbody handbags that will accentuate your most polished ensembles. Store your smaller items in one of Merkin's elegant iPad pouches, card cases or mini wallets.
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Lauren Merkin launched her eponymous line of handbags in the spring of 2002 and achieved almost instant success. After acquiring her MBA from Columbia University, Merkin began designing bags as a creative outlet, although ultimately created a collection that was picked up by high-end stores including Searle, Steven Alan and Shop. By 2002, Lauren Merkin handbags lined the shelves at Bergdorf Goodman and a year later the label was among one of the stores’ best sellers. The label has been featured in Time Out NY, Lucky, InStyle, Marie Claire and Vogue and has developed a reputation for quality, timeless style, and lighthearted attitude. The collection includes bags for day and evening and enjoys a celebrity following including Eva Longoria, Jessica Simpson, Reese Witherspoon, Heidi Klum and Liv Tyler. With distribution in top stores and high-end boutiques nationwide, Lauren Merkin is an exciting addition to Gilt Groupe.
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