To create the ultimate gift with no-purchase-necessary for our latest issue of Branché, whom else would we turn to but Reece Solomon? The designer of hyper-cool bag line Reece Hudson immediately understood what we were looking for—utility! leather!—and came back with a canvas tote so chic we're a bit reluctant to part with 500 of them in New York and LA this week.
Nonetheless, we sat down with Solomon to talk the thinking behind such a covetable carryall, her stint in the Marie Claire fashion closet, ostrich skin, and the clutch she'll always love.
Marie Claire: The Branché bag will be distributed in New York and LA. How did you keep girls in both cities in mind when you designed it?
Reece Solomon: Working within the confines of an everyday tote bag, I tried to combine the functionality of urban life with a laidback vibe. I especially love the fact that the bag we created has the specialness of leather handles.
MC: You interned in the Marie Claire fashion closet your senior year of high school and have gone on to stress the importance of interning. What is the single most valuable lesson you've learned from doing internships?
RS: No task is too small. I learned so much at all my internships by watching, listening, and being willing to do anything asked of me.
MC: What advice do you have for women looking to start their own businesses?
RS: Do not look at other women as competition but as allies.
MC: What's your favorite material to work with?
RS: My favorite material is ostrich because the skin has such unique properties that make it age and wear incredibly well. Unfortunately, it is an incredibly expensive skin, otherwise I would work with it much more.
MC: If you could only choose one handbag style to design for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
RS: A clutch, because it is a blank canvas you can do so much with. Our first bag at Reece Hudson and one of our best sellers is our Bowery oversized clutch. I will always love that bag, as well as newer additions like our metal and acrylic evening minaudières.
Image via Reece Solomon