Item of the Day: Volver Design Group

Volver Design Group“If your clothing specifies your tribe, then accessories are your war paint.”

That phrase spontaneously flew into our brains when we saw this spectacular leather handbag—complete with white “war paint” stripe and fur tail—by newcomer Volver Design Group.

Launched by designer Natalia Konovalova (she of Le’Bulga handbag fame) and Nicole Ryder (a former buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue), the line is poised for a full-on attack on the accessories market.

Including leather handbags as well as tough-yet-chic leather apparel, the line is edgy yet wearable, with little signature accents that offer big impact (i.e. “body-piercing” gold hardware that “pinches” the leather together at points).

Opening price point is $299 for handbags and $560 for leather ready to wear and everything is made in New York using Italian leathers.

OliviaVolver is not an extension of Le’Bulga, which is still around and “readying for a relaunch,” but a brand “on its own with its own philosophy and aesthetic,” states Ryder and Konovalova. “We envisioned a different customer when designing Volver. She is a sophisticated, urban, professional woman with a busy lifestyle. She is social and needs to always look classic and well put together.”


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Lauren Parker

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 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.