2015 FINALIST

Mandy Chang - Mandy Chang

Winner of the The EVINE Live Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design



United States



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Mandy Chang FINALIST'S PROFILE

What was your inspiration for this bag?
The inspiration for this bag came from the aviation term (and now idiom / pun) "push the envelope". I love the concept of extending our boundaries and potential, because I am focused on bringing style-forward, elegant handbags to the working woman. I am originally from the finance industry, and I would love to see women in predominantly male industries move away from seemingly uniform-like black totes.

What are the retail price-points of your line?
Currently everything is made by hand, but I try to keep everything under $500. As I figure out my supply chain and production, I hope to get the line to under $350.

Do you change your silhouettes and materials every season?
Since I'm focusing on the working woman who most likely will need to carry papers and a tablet or small laptop, the silhouettes will prioritize accomodating these. For now, I would anticipate the silhouettes revolve around the following: tote, messenger bag, satchel, backpack. The primary material will stay as genuine leather; I believe this is one of the few materials that can really stand the test of wear and time.

What other handbag designers have inspired you?
Ramesh Nair, Phoebe Philo, Phillip Lim.

What makes your line innovative and worth of overall?
My line is innovative and worthy of the Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design award, because my goal is to push limits on handbag styles that are brought into the workplace: working under the parameters of fitting papers and a laptop, my designs utilize subtle yet intrguing angles to draw attention, and exude the poise and polish that fit in the boardroom.

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