Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Father's Day Gift Guide

Father's Day is coming up on June 17, and now is the perfect time to show the men in your life they deserve style too!

How often do you see this scene...businessman dressed up for the job...with a backpack!  I see it all the time. All the effort he placed into trying to look professional goes away in one fell swoop.

Here is a video gift guide of some of Hester van Eeghen's bags, briefcases and wallets for men. Shop the full men's collection now!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Gifts for Your Graduates

This is such as exciting time of year, when people across the country are getting ready to graduate and move into a new phase of their lives.

From business card holders, to wallets, to office bags, Hester van Eeghen has many wonderful designs that are lasting and meaningful commemorations of graduation.

Here are just a few ideas:

The Tummy Briefcase

Jubilee Business Card Holder

Ladies First Briefcase

Amazon Large Wallet

And for a look at even more of Hester's beautiful wallets, here is a short little video that celebrates this functional artform...

Congratulations to all the new graduates!

SHOP NOW for Graduation Gifts

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Hester van Eeghen designs for the Royals

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Hester van Eeghen, and other artists and dignitaries at the opening of the Oranienbaum Palace Exhibit
Hester van Eeghen was hand selected to be part of a special group of artists commissioned to create modern masterpieces for the restoration of a Dutch Palace in Germany. And the secret works were revealed at last in a ceremony where Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and President Gauck of Germany opened the exhibition, (Gauck's first public appearance as the new President).

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (center, in purple) and President Gauck of Germany 

About an hour's drive from Berlin, you will find a restored estate, an island of Dutch Orange in the heart of Germany, that was built for Henriette Catharina, the Princess of Anhault-Dessau in 1660. The estate and village were named Oranienbaum (Orange Tree) to honor her royal family heritage, The Dutch House of Orange.

A major restoration project has brought this unique gem of Dutch heritage back to life in Germany, and to celebrate, Oranienbaum Palace is hosting an exhibition of contemporary Dutch Design and Fashion. Some 50 rooms in the palace feature examples of contemporary excellence in craftsmanship: furniture, jewelry, glass, ceramics, hand-sewn fashion pieces and luxurious leather accessories. 

Oranienbaum Palace Courtyard 

Of special note are the items which where specially commissioned for this historical event. A select group of Dutch designers were hand-selected to craft a piece incorporating the history, the setting, the modern interpretation of the events. Hester van Eeghen was one of this special group of designers and she created a magnificent piece.

In imagining and creating this piece, Hester asked herself 'what would a 2012 luggage set look like if it were made of Golden Age gilded leather?' Hester van Eeghen bought some of the genuine article at an auction and transformed it into bags for the exhibition. The 17th century gilded leather was originally produced for a canal-side house on Keizersgracht in Amsterdam, but now has this second life as a magnificent object--craftsmanship at its very best!

Hester van Eeghen celebrating with her stunning creation for the exhibition

Close-up of the complex interior of Hester's design
Close-up of the exterior of Hester van Eeghen's design

The Exhibition of Crystal

Hester admiring the work of other designers

Henriette Catharina, The Princess of Anhault-Dessau

We think Henriette Catharina, the Princess of Anhault-Dessau approves of this exhibition and ceremony bringing beautiful splendid items back to her home. If you find yourself in Germany, you can see all this beauty for yourself, as the exhibit runs through September 30, 2012. View the Oranienbaum for details.

Congratulations to Hester van Eeghen for this tremendous honor, for once again designing for the Queen, and for creating such an exquisite piece. (Now, when we can all get one!?)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pull Up A Chair... Hester Designs Furniture

"Melting Elements" furniture by Hester van Eeghen

Just as in her amazing handbags, Hester van Eeghen's foray into furniture design reveals exuberant color, compelling shapes and delightful transformations.

The world's first look into Hester's new world is with the "Melting Elements" design. I asked Hester a few questions about her exciting new adventure into furniture.

Q. Why did you begin designing furniture?
A. I started to design furniture as another expression of my constant stream of ideas.  Combined with that I met a furniture producer who is technically capable to realize all my detailed design wishes and who invited me ‘draw’ something.

Q. Was the creative process different for you when designing the furniture compared to when you design bags?
A. No absolutely not. To design shapes starts with a concept in the mind. Whether these shapes are meant to sit on or to put something in, is actually ‘almost’ the same. The designing rules are the same: the form has to be interesting/exciting, the system must be surprising and the coloring must be pleasant, shocking or misleading.

Q. I know that leather is a muse for you, will your furniture designs be in leather or other materials?
A. To start with we shall work in wool or felt, when we are convinced to produce the objects, we must work in leather.

Q. Tell us about the inspiration for these "melting element” chairs
A. I love repetition, in music, in arts, and in....... in this case I wanted to start with a humble sitting object becoming a couch, becoming a long serpentine like sofa, just like a chain in jewelry where the repetition makes the length of the sofa an ‘endless sofa.'

Q. How many other designs do you have in the works?
There are 7 designs going to be made in the furniture factory. But you must wait a little while to see the others!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hester van Eeghen, The Book!

Hester van Eeghen makes you look fabulous with her incredible handbag and shoe it is time for your coffee table to look a little more stylish!

Originally published in 2008, "Hester van Eeghen: Bag and Show Design," has been reprinted and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as in Hester's flagship store in Amsterdam.

Inside the book you will find stunning photos of Hester's iconic handbag designs, a biography and history of Hester van Eeghen and her entrance into the world of design, and photos of her delightful shoes and boots for women and men. One of the most fascinating parts of the book is the chapter on "Preserving the Craft" which includes very special images of her Jubilee anniversary designs that were auctioned to raise money for her foundation to preserve leather crafts.  (I find myself wishing she would make "Secrets of the Sea" a regular in her collection.)  

"Secrets of the Sea" one-of-a kind anniversary bag

And of course, it just wouldn't be a Hester van Eeghen creation without a special surprise! The book includes a custom-designed pop-up by David A. Carter, beloved designer of pop-up books for all ages. David designed this whimsical pop-up page specifically for Hester and captured the elements of her shoe designs, the Monocle "eye" and the Harmonica bag. 

A Pop-up Surprise designed for Hester by David A. Carter

If you get the book, tell me which bags are your favorites! 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Color Story: Hester's Unique Designs in a Unique NYC Store

Once upon a time there was a store like no other. STORY. 

"Story is a space that has the point of view of a magazine. 
It changes every six weeks like a gallery." 
- Rachel Shechtman, Founder and Owner

The first story Rachel launched was Love Story. You can see it featured in the video below, along with wonderful commentary. And now, the second volume of Story has come to life, Color Story, and Hester van Eeghen was invited to be part of it -- a perfect fit. 

The entire store was transformed into this spectacular celebration of color!

Hester van Eeghen's radiant reds are displayed in the Serata, the Fishy Stingray Clutch, and the Amazon Clutch
Story is perfectly located on New York City's 10th Avenue, at the corner of 19th Street. The space radiates next to new galleries and across the street from the amazing park The High Line.

The Cafe Clutch by Hester van Eeghen in glorious green

Hester's Confetti bag once again, with the vibrant yellow and orange Brioche cross-body bag
The Grey section includes Hester's Confetti and the seemingly innocent Money Clip Wallet with grey exterior.
And seemingly upon a throne is Hester's stunning Klipper bag in magnificent grey.

"People want more from an experience 
now that they have less time."
- Rachel Shechtman

Two Baby Quarters and a Money Clip with their other Purple friends
See if you can find all Hester's bags in this picture. Included are: Brioche, Macaron, Serata, and the Fishy Stingray.

If you live in the New York area, or are planning a visit, you should definitely stop by Story for a chance to see Hester van Eeghen's amazing handbags, in person, on this side of the Atlantic and to experience this amazing new retail concept. 

And of course, you can shop anytime in our online boutique and get items sent to your home risk free with free shipping both ways. 

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Exclusive Secret Sale "My One and Only"

and each Saturday following at 1pm Eastern,
 the week’s ”My One and Only” bag will be revealed, 
for sale only through a private, secret link.
Hester van Eeghen email subscribers will be sent the link first. 

Shortly afterwards, the link will be revealed to fans of our Facebook page.

Whoever buys the bag first gets to carry the One and Only!

The "My One and Only" private sale is an insider opportunity to stake claim to chic leather goods that are one‐of‐a‐kind in the U.S., with bragging rights to boot. Just like finding your soulmate, the lucky first buyer will have the one and only – a bag that only they can call their own, as if it were made just for them.

On Your Mark…
Each Saturday at 1pm EST, the week’s ‘My One and Only’ will be announced, putting one bag of a kind up for sale through a private, secret link to exclusive HvE items you will never see anywhere else. So how does one get in the know? Sign up for the HvE US newsletter and the ‘My One and Only’ bag dossier and private purchasing link will arrive straight to your inbox. Want to increase your chances at being first? LIKE us on Facebook and look for the tip‐off there too! 

Regarded as one of the most influential Dutch designers of the century, Hester van Eeghen pieces are like works of art; each design is made in very small quantities and is highly collectible. Architectural and modern, HvE translates the beauty of the unexpected into timelessly artful expression. Geometric shapes and vibrant colors characterize HvE designs, which encourage surprise and discovery through hidden features and unique systems of functionality. Insisting on the finest grade Italian leathers, Hester van Eeghen handbags are designed in Amsterdam and handcrafted in Italy in very limited editions by the most skilled and coveted hands in fashion. Her design principles – beauty, passion, shape, color, surprise and exceptional quality – are captured in every piece. Each bag is a personal reflection, a statement of passion and a work of wearable art.

Hester van Eeghen’s leather goods are for women and men with an uncompromising sense of style; creative luxury designed for discriminating customers who appreciate premium quality and extraordinary design. Hester’s creations inspire joy, instill confidence, and uplift the spirit, because as Hester always says, “Beauty stirs the soul.”

Get Set...
If you haven't already, sign up to be on our email list now , and also LIKE us on Facebook (especially if your email delivery tends to be slow).  And if you don't mind your friends being part of the competition, share the news with them! 

The first private "My One and Only" event is April 7 and at 1:00 PM Eastern, the bag will be revealed, along with the purchase link.  Shortly thereafter, the information will be posted on our Facebook page. If you love it, don't hesitate, and score the one and only!  Every Saturday at 1:00 PM a new bag will be revealed.

We will send reminders as we get closer, but you may want to mark your calendar.

“My One and Only” items are the only one of its specific color and lining combination sold in the United States for a year. A few identical pieces may be found internationally. Other pieces may appear similar, but placement and shade of colors, textures or linings will be different. 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

New Clutch is a Graphic Statement

The New Fishy Large Clutch in Blues and Greens by Hester van Eeghen. $495

A new arrival in the online boutique is making a big splash. The new Fishy Large clutch makes its debut in two distinctive graphic prints in sueded Italian leather---one fresh blue and green, the other high-impact black and greys.

The big sister to the classic Fishy clutch (which comes in both smooth Italian leather and Stingray), the Fishy Large offers more room and also has the detachable strap so you can also choose to wear it as a shoulder or cross body bag.

The New Fishy Large Clutch in Black and Greys by Hester van Eeghen. $495

As with all of Hester van Eeghen's creations, quantities are limited, so if this clutch catches your eye, shop now and make a graphic statement!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Carla Hall: Top Chef and Top Fan of Hester van Eeghen

Chef Carla Hall, from Top Chef and The Chew,  with her Woody bag by Hester van Eeghen. Photo: Matthew Lyons

"I love that the purses have such personality
It's like a whole collection of little personalities." 

- Carla Hall on Hester van Eeghen's handbag collection.

Chef Carla Hall came into the public eye as a fan favorite on the Bravo TV show "Top Chef." Now she is one of the chef hosts, along with Mario Batali, on ABC's "The Chew."  Carla also has her own company, Alchemy, and makes the most delicious tiny treats that you must try!

I literally ran into Carla Hall in Penn Station. I had recently read an article where she said she was obsessed with handbags (obviously, that caught my eye). So, I introduced myself and she gave me a big hug, because no one is a stranger to Carla Hall.  She is indeed a delightful person who 
makes this planet a better place.

Carla told me how she just got back from a trip to Amsterdam and a visit to the Handbag Museum there and that she had seen Hester van Eeghen's bags there. What a wonderful coincidence! She told me how she was mesmerized by Hester's architectural style and her amazing use of color.

Carla Hall and her Woody bag visiting a Toyko temple. Photo: Matthew Lyons 

This chance encounter led to lunch and pictures of Carla with her purple Woody bag and her graciously answering a few "interview" questions. Here is what I asked her:

Q. What is your personal style?
A. My personal style...I am a little quirky, and a little eclectic but on the conservative side."

Q. I read that you love handbags. Where did this passion begin?
A. Both of my grandmothers loved bags. I remember being entranced by all of them. I still have some of their bags, including a wonderful iguana bag.

In fact, I like purses so much that when I am watching a movie--even if its an intense scene--I notice the handbags, the shoes. It drives my husband Matthew crazy!

By the way, I love your website, it is like being in a store. The saturated color and the color bar on the site is so much fun. And I love that you can see how the purse is worn on the site.

Q. If you were not a chef, what would you be doing?
A. I love theatre, I wanted to be an actress, I went to Howard and didn't realize they had a fine arts program, so I went into accounting. Well, my first accounting job I realized it wasn't for me so I went to Paris to be a model. I feel like I am always on stage though. I would still love to get into theatre.

Carla Hall's mini savory and sweet bite-size treats: Alchemy

Q. How do you express your creativity?
A. Cooking of course, and I like to draw, and I love crafts. I just like doing things with my hands.

Q. What is your favorite color?
A. Easy. It is green - a bright, chartreuse green. Of course I love purple too, and orange, and turquoise...

Thank you Carla, for the interview, for being a Hester van Eeghen enthusiast, and for being so wonderful!

Enjoy this fun little video, shot by Carla's husband matthew Lyons, in a Tokyo train station.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Beautiful Blues: The Fan Favorite

(L to R) The Transistor, The St. Moritz, and The Crumb by Hester van Eeghen

Blue is the hands down "favorite color" of men and women alike. Perhaps it is the association with water and the ocean or the clear daytime sky. Or maybe it is because blue is considered to have a calming effect.

Often associated with depth and stability, blue symbolizes loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith and truth.

(L to R) The Serata, The Quarter Small, The Inner Circle by Hester van Eeghen

Blue is beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism, curbs appetite (!) and produces a calming effect. It is also is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness.

Different shades convey different meanings. For example, light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness. Whereas dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.

Hester creates her designs in a broad range blues so you can project vivid health and strength and integrity.

(L to R) The Macaron, The Klipper, The Felucca Bax by Hester van Eeghen
Blue is a fresh and fabulous substitute for black and pairs well with strong accent colors. And more vibrant and intense blues are powerful accents that work particularly well in accessories.

What about you? Is blue your go-to favorite?


Monday, March 5, 2012

Raining Purple: Designs by Hester van Eeghen

Let's click PURPLE on the color bar, shall we?

What comes to your mind when you think purple? Prince? Jimi Hendrix? The most fabulous glass of Cabernet you've ever had?

In Western Society purple represents royalty, and things grand and majestic. It symbolizes power, luxury and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance.

A study of purple bags, wallets and accessories by Hester van Eeghen

Purple is also associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery and magic. And physically, the color purple calms nerves and allows for relaxation.

According to research, 75% of preadolescents site purple as their favorite color. But purple is not just for kids...deep eggplant hues are luxurious and sophisticated and brighter tones convey creativity and make a statement.

What is your favorite Hester item in purple? I'd love to hear from you. -Debby

Sources: Color Wheel Pro, SensationalColorNowsourcing  

Monday, February 27, 2012

Hester van Eeghen: Creativity Dance in the Atelier

We wanted to share a delightful video shot and composed by Simone Guicciardi, a friend of Hester van Eeghen. Just over two minutes in length, this mini-movie shows scenes of Hester in her Amsterdam workshop in the process of creating a prototype for a new pair of gloves...and dancing. View the video here.

Hester's tools in her Amsterdam atelier
Hester having some fun