Judith Ripka Debuts Handbag Collection For QVC
Cohesiveness, timelessness and elegance are tantamount to the Judith Ripka brand. For over 20 years, the award-winning, New York-born jewelry designer has crafted pieces that eschew transient trends and showy gimmicks, instead abiding by a design ethos that emphasizes classicality while taking into account the demanding schedules of a modern woman and the accompanying need for a versatile wardrobe. Years after introducing her line of affordable sterling silver jewelry on QVC.com, the Baroness of Baubles is making her foray into arm candy with the launch of her namesake handbag line.
Earlier this afternoon, Judith Ripka appeared on QVC to showcase the line, which she designed alongside her daughter-in-law, Alison Ripka. All of the pieces in the debut collection fuse together modern and traditional elements and focus on functionality via multiple interior zip and slip pockets, hidden outer pouches, and roomy zippered compartments. Some styles, like the “Soho” hobo pictured above ($279 at QVC.com), feature laid-back, slouchy silhouettes that conjure up images of style savvy urbanites , but their youthfulness is tempered by the luxurious feel of the materials used — in this case, the python-embossed leather used to create the body of the top-zip bag (which measures 17″ in width, 12″ in height, and 7″ in depth) and the structured black Napa leather shoulder strap.
Similarly, the “Hudson” evening bag (pictured third from top) takes the classic, envelope-shaped, front flap purse and adds a posh, polished feel via the use of embossed croc leather (shown here in a moody, lilac-tinged gray), then spices up the aesthetic via a silver logo plate and a woven leather-and-chain shoulder strap that add just a hint of rock-n-roll confidence.
Our favorite style, however, is the “Lenox” clutch (pictured at top) in Violet, with its electrifying color, exotic stingray skin, concealed closure, and perfectly trimmed edges. It’s the type of bag you can wear with either skinny jeans, heels, and a laid-back top to add some instant glamour or which you can accompany with a sexy tailored suit or a form-fitting LBD for a dressier, more grown-up look.
The best news: all of the handbags in the Judith Ripka line retail for under $300, so you don’t have to be afraid to peruse. To get mama a brand new bag, visit QVC.com