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These Snak, Picnic and Dinner bags are nothing like the ones you toted to school with your lunch — unless yours happened to be gold, handmade, laser-cut leather styles with intricate lace patterns.
Designer Beth Goodman’s range of slouchy leather foldable bags she creates for her Marie Turnor collection might have been modeled after the brown paper bag, but these are certainly not intended for carrying the PB&J.
Before starting Marie Turnor, she had wanted to open a housewares store in Los Angeles. On a 2008 buying trip to Paris for that potential store, she said, “I discovered that what I really wanted to do was design leather goods. I actually did see a woman carrying a small red paper bag rolled at the top and I thought ‘What a cool bag,’” Goodman said. She spent the following year making samples in different leathers before finally coming up with her first small collection.
Her two-year-old line of satchels, clutches, wallets, card cases and totes made primarily of calf, buffalo and lamb leather are available at Christina Lehr, Albertine and Hirshleifer’s — but the foldable clutches are fast becoming her signature.
Goodman said business doubled in 2011 — mostly due to her creative take on the “attractive practicality of a lunch bag clutch.” An accessible retail price range of $60 to $600 also probably helps — with the Snak, Picnic and Dinner group ranging from just $110 to $295.