In the last few years, Stephanie Taylor’s handbags have been written up in everything from the Dallas Morning News to Lucky magazine. Taylor, 33, and her husband, Michael, moved to
Tell me how you got into designing handbags?
Accessories have always been my first love over clothes. I’ve bought many, many purses through the years. I especially bought a lot of different bags that would be functional for my career. Then, four or five years ago, I got tired of the bags I was lugging to work and starting sketching what I would want in a functional tote bag. That turned into my
So how did you know what you were doing?
There’s fashion in my family. My mother taught modeling and charm school for several years. She also had the three of us kids, and we did some modeling when we were much younger. And my father studied architecture, so sketching and drawing and all of that were kind of natural.
Tell me about the bags.
The marketing slogan is “fashion plus function.” I try to keep each design clean — clean lines, classic look, timeless. And the inside of each handbag is just extreme function, so they all have multiple pockets. The trendy part for me is incorporating great color and texture. For instance, orange is in, so you’ll see some orange bags this summer. And for fall, I’ve got great wool fabrics mixed with Italian leather. And I’ll be bringing in a lot of what’s called in the business “juicy” colors.
Any recognizable names who own a Taylor Bag?
Brooke Shields was given my suede tote bag in apple green. I was contacted by a company in
What’s in the future for
I’m focusing on more marketing and PR. I want to make people more aware of what we’re about. I also just designed a mommy bag called the Cameron, after my daughter. That will join the permanent collection. And we’re working on a men’s bag as well as some accessories for all the pockets on the inside of the bags — pouches for cosmetics, small wallets, that kind of thing.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I think just how supportive
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