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.
If your calendar is chock-full of weddings and parties this season, we’ve got the answer to that age-old conundrum, “what to wear?” For an intimate rehearsal dinner, opt for classic LBDs, bold silk dresses, and embossed leather clutches. Sunny garden nuptials? Complement the surrounding blooms with bright floral prints and dainty, nature-inspired jewels. And since you’re sure to be cutting a rug late into the night, you’ll also find a mix of ultra-comfy ballet flats and chic, low-heeled sandals.
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.
Ready to get a jump-start on your gift giving? This sale is loaded with can’t-miss picks that will dazzle all the ladies on your list. Croc-embossed coin purses and wallets make perfect presents. Or if you’re in the market for something truly awe-inspiring, snap up one the gorgeous clutches on offer, boasting everything from jeweled closures and mother-of-pearl beads to patent leather flowers and pyramid studs.