Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hip To Be Square

Roomy, luxuriously soft, chic, lightweight, and a great everyday bag - that is Hester van Eeghen's Square  handbag.
HVE Square handbag in Bordeaux $495
Also available in Chocolate Brown

Hester believes that there is beauty in simplicity, in the most simple of shapes. The use of soft and supple leather allows the bag to be conformed to the body or slouched in the middle. The strap converts from a shorter shoulder bag length, picked above, to a longer strap that you can wear cross-body. 

The bags are so versatile, a European interior designer actually used a collection of Square handbags as leather pillows for an exclusive design exhibition.

Hester provides a demonstration of the Square and how to convert the strap in this short little video. 


You can watch other Hester van Eeghen videos on our YouTube channel.

And you can learn more about the Square and other HVE designs by visiting our online boutique.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Center of Attention - The "New" Klipper Diagonal Bag

You would think all the attention would get a little tiresome after a while...

But for some reason, every compliment you get about your Klipper Diagonal bag, every person who stops you on the street to ask you where you got it, still makes you smile. Well, that is my experience!
Klipper Diagonal

Hester took her classic Klipper bag and played with the shape to create an unexpected and timeless design. The asymmetrical angles add a contemporary edge to the sophisticated doctor’s style bag.  The framed opening gives you easy access to all your treasures. 

Sleek and elegant carried by hand or over your forearm, the Klipper Diagonal also comes with a removable shoulder strap for easy wear. The bag is made of structured Italian calfskin with a light texture on the outside and a soft and durable pigskin on the inside. And as always, it is carefully handcrafted in Italy.

When you carry the Klipper Diagonal you can make a statement that simultaneously says you are sophisticated and innovative. Take a look at this brief little video where Hester describes her design for you and shows you the features.


I love that Hester calls this her "Kelly bag."  It is absolutely iconic for her. The Klipper Diagonal is available in Orange, Chocolate and Kiwi.

Here are the details:
Structured and textured Italian calfskin
Complementary color leather interior
Framed opening with magnetic snap closure
Large main interior with two sections
Interior zip pocket
Reinforced leather handle with 4.5” drop
Removable adjustable strap with 22” -25” drop
Hester van Eeghen embossment

12.5” x 10” x 5.5”

Go ahead, make a statement!

SHOP the Klipper Diagonal now and enjoy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Interview with an Architect Artist

Meet Alice Franklin, architect, artist, meditator, creator of beautiful things. Alice explores the fascinating intersection of precision and passion. Alice is also a Hester van Eeghen enthusiast and customer.

Shape, color, and surprise are all elements that Hester uses in her designs and these fundamentals are also present in Alice's work. That is probably why I like it so much. I am especially fond of the three dimensional pieces that draw you in to a unique world.

I interviewed Alice Franklin last week to learn more about her inspirations and her work. 

Q - How would you describe your creative work?

I think of my work as an attempt to describe energy and nature. The patterns are a description of the movement and flow of energies as elements interact in the piece and with the viewer. Most people can relate to these patterns as mandalas which can induce a meditative quality for the viewer, but they aren’t confined to a flat surface since I am always interested in structure. I experience and see energy in space and I try to create that experience for others. My other creative work is usually done in fiber and is functional and recycled. The structure of the design, honoring the integrity of the material, and providing an option of uses are what interest me.

Q - What is your background/formal training?

I have an undergraduate and masters graduate degree in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. In addition, I have over 25 years of experience in Taoist/Buddhist meditation practice and learning.

Q -  What are the biggest influences on your work?

For design, my first big influence was a professor who taught me well how to respect and understand the nature of whatever material I am handling. This professor was a design teacher, not so much an architecture professor, so what I learned was how to design, whatever the program, whatever the scale or materials. After that, my biggest influence is my spiritual Teacher. A path of self-discovery is always an influence on an artist.

Q.  Who are  your three favorite artists at the moment and why?

My favorite artist these past few years is Lee Bontecou. She was a prominent artist in NYC from the late 50’s to around 1970. She was part of the group whose work was shown regularly at Leo Castelli gallery. For 25 years or so, she retreated to her farm in rural Pennsylvania and worked on her own without the influence or knowledge of the “art world.” She had a major retrospective in 2003 which is when I first came to know her work. I am inspired both by her story, her faith in herself and her work, as well as the work itself.

Recently, I was blown away by Theo Jansen who is a Dutch artist who creates Strandbeests from plastic pipe. These “living” beasts walk on the beach, propelled by the wind to kick up sand to help preserve the beaches and dunes in Holland. They are so magical. The integration of a need-- the ecology-- the design and the art are so amazing to me.

I also love Mike and Doug Starn who built the bamboo structure on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Big Bambu. They have a huge warehouse studio somewhere along the Hudson River Valley. They have created other bamboo structures and filmed the evolution of the construction. I was so impressed with the Big Bambu-- not just as a structure, but as a group building project, as an organic form and by the use of the materials.

Q.  What are a few of your favorite things?

I love nesting things, and I love tiny things. I love my iPad. I love interesting clothing design-- clever use of the fabric, the joinery, and other details.

Q.  What is it about Hester's designs that resonate with you?

The design-- themes I’ve already mentioned. Not just the structured bags, but more often the ones that have several iterations and interesting details are my favorites.

Q -  Where can we find you on the web?   

I try not to be on the web. Before my website, you could google me and come up with nothing. I loved that. But now I have my website:

Saturday, October 15, 2011

You're Invited to Our 1st Anniversary Celebration in NYC!

This week we are celebrating the one-year anniversary of HVE US, the American online boutique of Hester van Eeghen!

To celebrate the occasion, Hester will be coming over from Amsterdam and we are throwing a party!   Come meet Hester and join us on Thursday, October 20th from 6-8pm at Vosges Haut-Chocolat in SoHo. Bring friends and make a night of it. Here is your invitation...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Complete the Look: The Perfect Handbag

I love paging through fashion magazines and blogs for stunning clothing. It is a guilty pleasure. Of course, I also think about which Hester van Eeghen bag would be the perfect accessory to complete the look. Now I want you to help me play this little game!

Donna Karan's simple silhouettes and luxurious comfort are favorites of mine and this particular ensemble caught my eye...

Donna Karan
Jersey System Structured Suit

This is my kind of business suit. It's contemporary with a casual edge, but it is a polished look and the charcoal color is a great base neutral. My HVE choices for completing the look are the Klipper Wide in Red for the handbag, and the Tummy in Black/Purple/Bordeaux for the briefcase.

HVE Klipper Wide in Red

The Klipper Wide in red is  the perfect pop of a bold color with the charcoal. And I love the contrast of the highly structured bag with the drapes of the suit.

HVE Tummy Office Bag
in Black/Purple/Bordeaux

For the briefcase I picked the Tummy in the more subdued, yet strong, complementary color blocking of black, purple and bordeaux. This bag can be worn on the shoulder (with removable straps) and also as a back pack for when you have to walk a good distance and are loaded down with your computer and lots of take-home work (it happens, am I right?).  Honestly I think this look is casual enough that wearing it on your back would be perfectly acceptable.

Naturally, the possible HVE accessorizing for this look is virtually endless. What are your picks?  Go to and look for the ones you would wear with this outfit. I would love to know your selections! -Debby

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Transistor - The Sophisticated Rockstar Purse

When we have a new arrivals in our little online boutique, I like to feature them one at a time to give you a chance to spend a little quality time with each. I don't know about you, but when there are too many things to look at I get a bit overwhelmed and find it hard to make any decisions at all. The paradox of choice so to speak.

As it turns out, this little leather bag is quite the jet-setting rockstar!  The Transistor was featured in a recent edition of Conde´Nast Traveler in a very exotic location. Yes, the lucky purse traveled all the way to India to be in a photo shoot with Kendall Jenner. The photo is lux and breathtaking and I think the bag looks quite elegant and sophisticated.

This new arrival to HVE US is also a favorite of one of Hester's most dedicated fans. She bought her Transistor at the Amsterdam store and reports that when she carries it she gets lots of positive attention. She must feel like a rockstar herself sometimes,  because she told me that if her Transistor is on the table at a restaurant, complete strangers will come up to tell her they love her purse.

Why is the graphic shape of this luxury bag reminiscent of a transistor radio? (Do you even remember transistor radios?) The best way to get the story is from Hester herself--watch this brief video clip where she describes her inspiration and the bag features.

Hester "hamming" it up in the
video with her Transistor

Here are the details of the Transistor:
This contemporary color blocked handbag makes a bold design statement with its graphic shape that echoes the classic transistor radio.  The detachable shoulder strap aligns perfectly with the shape of the bag. One side shows two colors harmoniously together, or flip it to the other side for a monochromatic expression. Italian calfskin. Handcrafted in Italy.
Color combinations: Orange/Red, Blue/Purple, Red/Black 
Details: Smooth padded Italian calfskin, soft leather lining, snap closure, three interior sections, interior zip pocket, removable strap with 17” drop, Hester van Eeghen embossment. Dimensions: 11” x 10” x 4”

Monday, October 3, 2011

The New Home of HVE US: Rhinebeck, NY

Welcome to the delightful town of Rhinebeck New York, new home of the luxury handbag online boutique, Hester van Eeghen US! 
Rhinebeck, a community of roughly 8,000 settled by the Dutch around 1686, is a wonderful U.S. parallel to Hester van Eeghen's home town of Amsterdam. The influence and traditions still exist, including Sinterklaas, a distinctly Dutch celebration in December. We will definitely be talking more about that in coming months.
Rhinebeck has a lovely downtown Village with a vibrant local business district, including the country's oldest operating inn, The Beekman Arms. I describe the area as "upscale rural" and the population most definitely has a very discerning palate and taste level.  The Culinary Institute of America is located just down the road in Hyde Park and many of the highly trained chefs settle in the Rhinebeck area. Add in a strong community of small organic farms and local produce growers and you get foodie heaven. 
With the close proximity to NYC, we are planning some special events in the city that will give people the chance to touch and see the gorgeous Hester van Eeghen bags in person, as well as meet Hester herself! Stay tuned. 
If you ever find yourself in the Rhinebeck area (the leaves will be turning soon) and want to visit, be sure to email me at, or give me a call 845-418-4831 for recommendations in the area and to see the bags in person.
Hope to see you soon!