By  on February 16, 2009

Known for her whimsically chic apparel and shoes, designer Cynthia Vincent is bringing her signature aesthetic to handbags.

In collaboration with accessories designer Allison Burns, Vincent is unveiling a bag collection this fall, inspired by ethnic prints and styles from old Taiwanese and Indian pouches mixed with the look of the American West. The line has an artisanal handmade style, with whipstitch detailing, antique brass hardware and rich, textured leathers.

“I wanted to make bags that are comfortable, easy and useful,” says Vincent. “The kind of bags you wear all the time. I approached them like I do the clothes — by taking classics and making them new and interesting but not so trendy that they’re out one season. I wanted them to last, the way my clothes can.”

Cynthia Vincent handbags will retail from $200 to $500 at select specialty and department stores.

“We worked really hard to get great price points but it’s also important that these bags have longevity,” says Vincent. “I’m really picky about bags I’ve bought from other designers and I don’t buy bags once a season but once every couple of years.”

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