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

Monday, February 20, 2012

Orange Dream

Orange is next on the HVE US Color Bar.

Did you know that orange is the national color of The Netherlands, Hester's homeland? The Dutch take their orange very seriously, and of course, it is one of Hester's brand colors.

The Klipper Diagonal in Orange by Hester van Eeghen
(my absolute personal favorite Orange bag)

Orange is a secondary color, resulting from the combination of red and yellow. It reflects the energy of red and the happiness of yellow.

Fun and flamboyant, orange radiates excitement, warmth and enthusiasm. It encourages socialization, stimulates activity and is strong and friendly. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange also represents fascination, creativity, determination, attraction, success and encouragement.
A Collage of Orange Hester van Eeghen Bags, Wallets and Accessories

Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity.

Maybe that explains my reaction to these amazing cashmere-lined driving gloves?!! They are so buttery soft. Love.

Hester van Eeghen's Montreux Gloves in Orange with Magenta Trim

And congratulations to a shade of orange for being the Pantone color of the year--Tangerine Tango.

Orange is also one of the most polarizing colors, people either love it or hate it. What do you think? Do you love orange? I'd love to hear your opinions! -Debby

Monday, February 13, 2012

Black is the New Black: What Does That Say?

Next up on the color bar is the perennial favorite color in handbags...Black.

Black is a mysterious color, and just like red, it sends mixed messages. Black can symbolize negativity, mourning and fear of the unknown. It is the absence of color, the primordial void, emptiness.

The Mesmerizing and Mysterious "Fishy" Stingray Clutch
in Black by Hester van Eeghen 

But black also represents elegance, formality, sophistication, power and prestige. And of course it makes the wearer look thinner. *

Physically, black can make you feel inconspicuous, subdued and even safe. Wearing black offers a blank canvas.

A Selection of Black Bags, Wallets, Gloves and Briefcases by Hester van Eeghen

As you can see in the above photo collage, Hester van Eeghen loves to use black as a palette to showcase other colors. Often these bold colors are hidden and revealed as surprises as a bag is filled. Or, as is the case with the Multicolor Gloves, the colors are revealed when you wave your fingers!
Multicolor Gloves lined with Cashmere designed by Hester van Eeghen

Many people wear black clothing and carry black bags but few report black as a favorite color (or absence of color). How does black make you feel? Is black still the new black?


*For more on black and other colors, see

Monday, February 6, 2012

Works of Art (that you carry) by Hester van Eeghen

Sometimes I look at Hester van Eeghen's designs and I swear they belong in a gallery. Her work actually is in a Dutch museum and many museum shops around the world. Hester's handbags, briefcases, wallets, and gloves evoke a feeling of bold creativity and the true passion she puts into every design.

Amazon Clutch by Hester van Eeghen
Hester's interplay of bold colors reminds me of Rothko.

Klipper Diagonal Handbag by Hester van Eeghen

The unexpected angles and geometric shapes are little sculptures you just happen to carry on your arm.  

"In The Clouds" Wallet by Hester van Eeghen
Hester's wallets are like beautiful landscape paintings in leather.

Monocle by Hester van Eeghen

The Monocle is high visual impact pop art with a sculpted shape. 

Rich Leather Interior of the Tummy Office Bag
by Hester van Eeghen 
And even the hidden interiors of Hester's bags reveal unexpected pops of color and ingenuity.

Close-up of the Butterfly by Hester van Eeghen

Close-up of the Custard Messenger Bag by Hester van Eeghen
And when you take a moment to examine the details, the beauty of function and form is breathtaking.

Come visit our online "gallery" and enjoy the artistry of Hester van Eeghen's designs. I'd love to hear what you think. -Debby