Genesis Warner - Leisara

Finalist of the The NY NOW Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design


2020 Finalist Genesis Warner Leisara


What was your inspiration for this bag?
One of my biggest dreams growing up was to visit and live in Paris and so the inspiration for this bag comes from there. The design for the front flap was inspired by the framework around the handle of a beautiful Parisian door of an apartment building on Boulevard de la Tour-Maubourg. Doors symbolize access to new opportunities and the chance to do something different. It connects strongly to Leisara s brand message of following your dreams and my personal journey as an independent handbag designer.

What are the retail price-points of your line?
Pieces are priced from $240-$360.

How has this season or collection differed from those of yours of the past?
Unlike my previous line, I wanted to really focus on incorporating a unique design element from my inspiration. My goal was to create something different by adding my own touch to a commercial silhouette but most importantly staying true to the Leisarà buyer and her style.

What other handbag designers have inspired you? Which Instagram accounts do you follow for inspiration?
Kate Spade. Furla. Valentino Garavani. @prettydoorsofparis @unsplash

What makes your line innovative and worth of the Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design?
I believe that being self-taught makes my line innovative and worthy of this award. I managed to find inspiration, create a new bag, and create this brand on my own (with the help of an incredible support system and an internet search engine ). Living in Italy encouraged me to search and find expert leather craftsmen with over 50 years of experience to bring my design to life through ethical manufacturing practices. The creative process I've created for myself and Leisara is unique and innovative within its own right and worthy of a nomination for this category."Don't be intimidated by what you don't know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else." - Sara Blakely

Bag Description
Leisara, Parigi, Crossbody/Shoulder/Handbag, Smooth Top Grain Italian Leather, $275

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