Looks can be deceiving. Case in point, the Alyssa handbag from LA-based, up-and-comer Maison Zaragoza. When we first laid eyes on it, we thought it was simply a minimal, super-chic crossbody bag. Boy, were we wrong!
With just a clip of its chain strap, the bag transforms into a belt bag — you know, that 90’s utilitarian style that’s popped up on runways and stylemakers all year long — giving it a whole new life and twice the wear. The Alyssa comes in black, pewter and bronze colored leather, and features a chain strap in gold or nickel.
We love it because it answers all of our needs for being hands-free and fashionable, no matter which way we wear it. And we can’t get enough of its clean, modern silhouette, a signature look for the newbie handbag brand.
Brandy Contreras is the designer and brainchild behind Maison Zaragoza. After years of working her way through the corporate world, she traded it all in to pursue her true passion of design. The collection features handbags and clutches made of the finest quality leather and exotic skins. Each piece is produced in the United States and the collection donates 10% of profits to locally fund the training of leather artisans.
The Alyssa bag is available for $695 at MaisonZaragoza.com.
— Christine Galasso