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Despite being black and white, something about this woven drawstring bag just screams sunshine and summer. It must be the soft, supple weave, or maybe it’s because we know the designer is from Brazil and now we’re daydreaming about sunny South American beaches, not to mention a cool, minty cocktail!

The new line is Filomena, and it was recently launched by designer Roberta Grasseschi, who used to be an assistant designer at BCBG. She named the company after her mother, Filomena, an avid philanthropist. To suit, 10% of the proceeds are donated to charity.

Each of these bags features the tresse technique, which is braiding the leather or working with it to create a new shape or pattern. Each bag is made by hand and therefore one of a kind.

Some of the bags also come with a patua, which is a Brazilian charm said to bring protection and happiness.

Bags come in a variety of shapes, from multi-color totes to solid east/west satchels to neutral colored backpacks. Retails run from $528 to $1,083.


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Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

Lauren Parker, Editor-in-Chief, Accessories Magazine
As Editor-in-Chief of Accessories Magazine for the past 12 years, Lauren Parker has covered accessories both from a retail business perspective and a fashion point of view. In previous full-time magazine jobs and freelance gigs, she’s written about practically every angle of fashion lifestyle living, including women's fashion accessories, fine jewelry, Caribbean travel, private jets, Hampton’s real estate, the New York art scene, the bridal industry, men’s lifestyle and being a mom. She loves meeting designers and seeing how their latest offerings capture the current zeitgeist and fit into the entire cultural and social picture.