New Malini Murjani Handbags — Purses To Pursue
I am a decade late to the Malini Murjani party, but I can assure you that this shindig isn’t winding down anytime soon (heck, any moment now, people might just start singing, “The Roof! The Roof!”). Okay, let me stop before my own metaphors start confusing me! The point is this: after discovering Malini Murjani’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection, I can’t wait to see more from the New York City-based Indian handbag designer.
Malini Murjani’s love of fashion could very well be embedded in her DNA. After all, her father is fashion impresario Mohan Murjani, the man responsible for securing exclusive, long-term distribution rights with hing-end lines like Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Calvin Klein, and La Perla, bringing these brands to retailers in India. Raised in London (where she attended boarding school until the age of 17), Murjani later moved to New York City to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After a stint in the PR world, representing art galleries and interior design firms, she eventually decided to launch her eponymous handbag and accessories line. The Malini Murjani collection made its debut in September 2000. Since then, Murjani’s pieces have made it into the most exclusive retailers — among them Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel.
Like fellow handbag designer Nancy Gonzalez, Malini Murjani insists on utilizing the most luxurious exotic skins. But there’s a sense of whimsy and a youthful spirit imbued in Murjani’s designs that’s absent from other high-end lines. Her designs are informed by her own cultural and ethnic background, while also referencing the many cultures to which she has been exposed through her travels, and yet it’s all accomplished in the most subtle manner. Her Spring/Summer 2010 collection is as elegant as it is edgy — a balance few tend to strike with poise. Take, for example the Megan bag, a shell print clutch bag with a trapeze-shaped flap and architectural, pleat-like ridges, as well as a square setting for the latch, secured onto the bag with domed golden studs on all four corners. For a more rock ‘n’ roll look, there’s the Beth purse, which features a silver-colored mesh fabric with a black leather trim featuring golden studs. And these are just a few of the options available for all you purse-loving gals.
The new collection hit Intermix stores on January 30th, and should be up on IntermixOnline.com shortly.
Malini Murjani Megan in Shell, $295; Malini Murjani Beth in Dusk, $395; and Malini Murjani Megan in Grey, $295. Available at Intermix stores nationwide and on IntermixOnline.com