January 19, 2017

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Wren & Roch Handbags. Wren & Roch Handbag Collection. Photographer: mlaynelawson Model: lajoy224


The Nolcha Shows are thrilled to welcome social impact handbag brand, Wren & Roch, to showcase their Fall/Winter 2017 collection at the Fashion Media Lounge, taking place on February 15th at the Bryant Park Hotel during New York Fashion Week.


The mission of Wren & Roch handbags is to empower survivors of rape, domestic violence and sexual abuse.  At the intersection of high fashion and giving back, each Wren & Roch handbag, proudly made in New York City, financially benefits selected Allies while positively impacting lives by raising awareness, eliminating stigmas, and educating for the prevention of abuse.  Inspired by courageous and resilient women, the brand’s meticulous attention to detail and versatile designs unite a rich combination of sultry and chic, with a rebellious edge.


Wren & Roch designers, Karen Hansen and Laura Rachlin, are also the founders of in.design, inc, a nationally recognized commercial interior design firm. While the path to the women’s professional success has been inspirational, life behind the scenes holds a very different story. In college, both were victims of rape, one resulting in pregnancy. They continued on, graduating at the top of their program, even with a one year old in tow; which turned out to be one of life’s greatest blessings.

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Wren & Roch Designers Karen Hansen and Laura Rachlin


As both of their careers rapidly progressed and the journey of motherhood gave the gift of five children, they were each dealing with domestic violence at home and discovered that one of their children had been sexually abused by a spouse they trusted. Today, Karen and Laura refuse to carry the burden, shame or embarrassment of rape and abuse. Instead, they carry their courage with their heads held high, on a mission to empower other victims and survivors and wholeheartedly spread the message of awareness and prevention.


The designers share; “We are honored, humble and grateful to be a part of the Nolcha Shows Fashion Media Lounge. This experience is priceless and we cannot thank the Nolcha team enough for giving us this amazing opportunity.”


Designers showcasing alongside Wren & Roch during the Nolcha Shows Fashion Media Lounge include returning brands EL VOYAGE and James Carletons, and debuting brands CoFi Leathers and Andraab.


Kerry Bannigan, Co-Founder, Nolcha Shows comments; “The work of Wren and Roch is awe inspiring. This is a brand created for survivors by survivors. Not only is the mission courageous but the collection is beautiful; giving women the choice of timeless designs with intense attention to detail.”

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Wren & Roch Handbags. Wren & Roch Handbag Collection. Photographer: mlaynelawson Model: lajoy224


For more information on Wren & Roch visit; https://nolchashows.com/lounge-designers/wren-roch/


The Nolcha Shows, co-founded by Kerry Bannigan and Arthur Mandel, are a leading award-winning event held during New York Fashion Week. Over the past nine years the Nolcha Shows have become established as a platform for discovery; promoting cutting edge innovative fashion designers. The Nolcha Shows have built an acclaimed reputation as a hot incubator of fashion design talent and are officially listed by the New York City Economic Development Corporation; offering a range of cost effective options to increase designers recognition and develop their businesses. The successful showcase consistently receives positive media coverage including features in ADWEEK, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, INC, US WEEKLY, Lucky, NBC, MTV and Forbes; and has been supported by brands including Citibank, Coca-Cola, Rusk, Otterbox, Vitamin Water, American Airlines, Don Q Rums and Landrover.


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