Rebecca Minkoff handbags have been seen on the arms of many a celebrity. Jessica Simpson, Hilary Duff and Katherine Heigl can be counted as fans. Born in San Diego, she originally began designing clothing at the age of 18, which led to formal fashion training at FIT. Her transformation into handbag superstar began when actress Jenna Elfman asked her to design what was to become her famous “Morning After” bag for her movie. During an extremely busy Fashion Week in NY, the designer graciously gave the Purse Page some time for our “5 Questions” interview series…
Mariana Leung, Pursepage.com: What fabulous things are we going to see from Rebecca Minkoff for Fall and Holiday?
Rebecca Minkoff: Look out for a great heart compact that comes out as a gift with purchase and the fabulous Minkettes line of wallets to debut.
ML: East Coast vs. West Coast… Do you find that there is a difference in what women buy? … And which side do you really call home these days?
RM: I find that women on the west coast get more dressed up during the day vs. NY women, we have to walk everywhere so it make our outfits a little bit more practical. I call NYC home
ML: I love that your handbags all have a playful or surprise detail. Whether that’s a pop color, funky trim or photo of a mystery guy with his phone number inside. Your purses definitely have a little edge to them. What (or who?) inspires your sense of humor in creating these pieces?
RM: My friends, their stories and my best friend, stylist Ilaria Urbinati
ML: I’ve read that you were originally trained in dance. Do you find that the discipline from that prepared you in any way for the challenges of succeeding in the fashion industry?
RM: YES! It prepared me to work hard, have tough skin and to be persistent.
ML: Will there ever be a “Walk of Shame” bag to follow up the “Morning After” bag? :) What would that look like?
RM: Hah! No, that name is a little too crass even for the RM girl…
ML: Thanks a lot Rebecca! I can’t wait to shop!
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