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