By  on February 6, 2012

These Snak, Picnic and Dinner bags arenothing like the ones you toted to school with your lunch — unless yourshappened to be gold, handmade, laser-cut leather styles with intricatelace patterns.

Designer Beth Goodman’s range of slouchy leatherfoldable bags she creates for her Marie Turnor collection might havebeen modeled after the brown paper bag, but these are certainly notintended for carrying the PB&J.

Before starting MarieTurnor, she had wanted to open a housewares store in Los Angeles. On a2008 buying trip to Paris for that potential store, she said, “Idiscovered that what I really wanted to do was design leather goods. Iactually did see a woman carrying a small red paper bag rolled at thetop and I thought ‘What a cool bag,’” Goodman said. She spent thefollowing year making samples in different leathers before finallycoming up with her first small collection.

Her two-year-oldline of satchels, clutches, wallets, card cases and totes made primarilyof calf, buffalo and lamb leather are available at Christina Lehr,Albertine and Hirshleifer’s — but the foldable clutches are fastbecoming her signature.

Goodman said business doubled in 2011 —mostly due to her creative take on the “attractive practicality of alunch bag clutch.” An accessible retail price range of $60 to $600 alsoprobably helps — with the Snak, Picnic and Dinner group ranging fromjust $110 to $295.

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