Independent Fashion Friday – Handbags

July 11, 2014

It’s Independent Fashion Friday!  This week the Nolcha Fashion Week: New York team have searched the globe to bring you five fantastic independent handbag designers you simply must have on your radar!

Shana LutherBrand: Shana Luther

Origin: Brooklyn, USA


About: Shana Luther is a Brooklyn based designer that focuses on creating handbags with a classic style, but with an edge for today’s modern, independent woman. After graduating from Pratt Institute in 1999, she began to design and produce her own bags under the name SML Bags. A one woman show, Shana worked through every aspect of the creation process, from sketches through final sewing, to create her handmade leather and fabric bags. In 2012 she branched out with all new designs under the label Shana Luther Handbags. Designed exclusively by Shana, these bags are proudly manufactured in the USA. Since their debut, Shana Luther Handbags have been wildly popular with numerous fashion magazines and blogs. Shana’s designs earned her a Finalist position in Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards in 2013. Shana continues to generate new designs for her label while staying committed to American manufacturing as the company grows.

HomanzBrand: HOMANZ

Origin: Hong Kong, China


About: HOMANZ design is a blend between contemporary and classic style, simple outlook and timeless design, which unfolds the elegance and inner beauty of modern women. The core design concept evolves around the pleasure and satisfaction that modern women obtain in their daily lives. Her exclusive ‘ring pattern’ design symbolizes a ‘Perfect Life’ that every woman aspires to, and exhibits the brand’s dedication in fulfilling the woman’s needs. Shirley hopes that every lady who uses her handbags can feel her inner joy and pride.

As the mastermind of Homanz, designer Shirley is very delighted to live in this fashionable era, travel and visit over a dozen of countries, and pursue inspirations from different cultures. In each of her quarterly design series, she features unique seasonal colors and elements to exemplify each individual woman’s glamour and flair.

MedusaBrand: MeDusa

Origin: Israel


About: The concept of MeDusa, the Hebrew word for  “jellyfish,” came to life in 2009, when Israeli designers Gili Rozin and Adi Gal began working together during their studies at Shenkar College in Tel Aviv Israel in the Jewelry Design department. The two designers were searching for a way to bring innovative textiles into the fashion and accessories industry, and were immediately drawn to the stylistic tension of retro and modernism that resulted from the textured plastic shapes and bold hues of their designs. In 2011 Rozin and Gal opened their own design studio in the lively center of Tel Aviv, and in two short years MeDusa was named the “Must Have Accessory” by Vogue Italia in 2011 and 2012.

MarylaiBrand: MARYLAI New York

Origin: New York


About: MARYLAI NEW YORK, established the end of 2012, is an unmistakable collection of luxury leather handbags. The bags are designed in New York and made by skilled artisans with an old-world attention to detail. Every bag has a heart logo to represent the love given to creating each piece.

Mary Lai the New York based designer behind the brand creates a collection that merges high quality with ultramodern edge. She studied at the Mason Gross School of the Arts and has spent the past decade honing her craft in the New York fashion industry designing handbags for Carlos Falchi, Be&D, Rachel Zoe, and Kathy Van Zeeland. The seasoned designer finds inspiration from her surroundings and is passionate about all forms of art.

MamahuhuBrand: Mamahuhu Colombia

Origin: Colombia


About:  Born in Colombia, designer Carolina Rodriguez studied Political Science in Spain and Diplomacy in Shanghai. After witnessing the practices of the fashion manufacturing industry in China, Carolina returned to Colombia to found Mamahuhu Colombia based on the idea that producing fashion could be a more personal and more socially beneficial experience for everyone involved.

Independent Fashion Fridays

Independent Fashion Fridays is a weekly feature highlighting five independent fashion designers that have caught our attention; and we want to support in their brand growth.

If you are an independent fashion designer interested to be featured in the Independent Fashion Fridays series please email with more information about your brand.

Nolcha Fashion Week: New York, founded by Kerry Bannigan and Arthur Mandel, is a leading award winning event held during New York Fashion Week hosting independent fashion designer runway shows.