Lui Antinous - Lui Antinous

Winner of the Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design

United States

2008 Finalist Lui Antinous Lui Antinous


What is your design philosophy?
I've been creating ever since I can remember and its not until I realized the power of expression that I began to truly understand the why of my being. I embrace change and non-conformity and am very aware that I am here to encourage others to do so as well. I'm a hopeless anachronistic romantic that bows in the presence of esthetic and beauty from past worlds yet I see myself traveling 186,000 miles per second enamored with modern design and future dimensions.The one thing that stands out about my bags is the structured silhouette, which embodies power and beauty, femininity and masculinity, the classic and the modern. Creating a wonderful sense of ambiguity, which most people are afraid yet fascinated by. The audience I target is a strong one, a confident and grounded one who knows what to wear and how to wear it.

What are the retail price-points of your line?
lower end collection-$140 to $550, higher/lux collection - $550 to $1500

Do you change your silhouettes and materials every season?
Although I have a very particular style and esthetic I do love to evolve and am not afraid of change

What other handbag designers have inspired you?
Lanvin, McQueen, Armani, Cartier

Which stores currently stock your handbags?
Legato boutique on 42nd street and 5th ave, Parker on Madison and 79th st, and Patricia Field NY

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