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It’s easy to tell that handbag designer Valeria Smith was trained as a graphic designer. Her bold handbags feature clean lines, sharp colors arranged in perfect harmony and lots of graphic patterns.

Basically, a self-proclaimed “2D design approach to 3D objects.”

After three years of success in her native country of Argentina with her eponymous handbag, shoe and accessories line, Smith recently decided to try her hand in America with a flagship store in Soho, New York.

As she has a background in brand strategy—both here and in Buenos Aires—we’re expecting she knows how to make this a success. Designed with Italian fabric, lush suede and patent leather, all are designed and handcrafted in Buenos Aires.

Retail: $690; www.valeriasmith.com 

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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.