This is exactly what I’m talking about:
[Dannijo Mahlia messenger bags, handmade in Morocco, $370.]
I’ve been on a perpetual hunt for an ethnic carpet bag ever since the Gucci Hysteria collection put out those tapestry bags I want to rub all over my person. Can’t be too Southwesterny, and can’t be too beat—just somewhere in the middle. I figured I’d just have to hop a llama to Peru and get my own. But I’m crazy about these Dannijo bags; the orange shade would be fantastic with a camel hair coat and cream turtleneck.
Dannijo is on a meteoric rise: Gossip Girl sightings and Rumi/fashiontoast endorsements and NYT features galore. Its designers are sisters from my hometown—Jodie and Danielle Snyder. Jodie and I shared an employer when we worked at sister boutiques one summer. I think the most contact we had was phone calls to look for a size we were missing, and an end-of-summer cocktail party. In fact, I bought a necklace Jodie made pre-Dannijo, when she first started making necklaces in college, off of a friend of mine. I still have it, too. Maybe she wants it back to put in her archives…
I dig the transparency of their inspiration—they love to travel, finding beauty from all over to incorporate into their designs. The flavor of these cultures/moods/locales really comes across—the pieces feel very one-of-a-kind. I want to cover myself in these magical Zula beaded necklaces:
[Zula trade beads, $595.]
Follow them on Facebook for updates and cute pictures from the showroom. I’m super happy for them and all of their success—cheers, girls.