In the early 20th century, the Whiting & Davis jewelry company cemented its reputation as the world’s leading producer of sterling silver and gold mesh purses — first making them by hand, then, after 1912, by machine. But don’t be mistaken: The company got its start long before it began selling the intricate bags that brought it acclaim. Whiting & Davis’ history actually begins in 1876, when Edward P. Davis, Louis Heckman, and William H. Wade established Wade, Davis & Company in Plainville, Massachusetts and began manufacturing pins, cuff links, and other jewelry pieces. When mesh-making became automated, Whiting & Davis focused on its mesh handbags — achieving a level of success that lasted well into the 20th century. Today the company still produces metal mesh as well as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings that feature precious and semiprecious stones. In 2010 businessman Darrin Cutler bought Whiting & Davis from Bacou of France, ushering in a new era of innovation and prosperity for the iconic company.
There's nothing like a touch of glitz to add a whole lot of glamour to an evening getup. Here, find shoes and purses rife with glitter, sequins, metallics, and crystals. Among our favorites: the exotic skin clutches, the comfortable and bejeweled ballets flats, and the sexy gold and silver metallic pumps.
You've never seen such a pretty bag look so tough. The mesh handbags by this metal manufacturer turned couture house are known the world over as a symbol of daring, dazzling cool. Founded in 1876, Whiting & Davis has designed a range of styles that nod to its historic past (vintage-style envelopes in Deco prints) while embracing its celebrity-studded present (sleek wallets in metallic snakeskin). The collection now has lipstick holders, key rings and cigarette cases, but they all have the attention of Hollywood: Stars like Paris Hilton, Renée Zellweger and Eva Longoria are big fans.
If you’re ready to unleash your inner Mad Max, then this is sale for you. Asymmetrical dresses, shrunken leather jackets, and slashed maxi skirts make up the new edgy-chic uniform, along with scads of rugged boots and sky-high wedges. Finish off the look with an embossed carryall and jewelry adorned with spikes, animal heads, and chains.
Summer weather calls for accessories that shine bright. And these handbags — are not for ladies who like to blend in. Think bold clutches, shoulder bags, totes, and more in a rainbow of colors, from canary yellow to ocean blue (and a few neutrals to round out the mix). One thing’s for certain: You won’t look like anyone else, because each item in this assortment is the last of its kind.