Bag Envy

Marina Raphael Debuts her Luxury Bags The City Collection on September 19 in AthensThe venue was TWENTYONE, a chic restaurant-bar that the local style set are having trouble keeping secret. The occasion marked the debut collection of Marina Raphael, a name for handbag super-fans to watch.

It’s called The City Collection, and it’s dedicated to the modern metropolitan woman—someone who needs a bag spacious enough to carry the essentials, yet refined and glamorous enough to carry her into the evening. These are pieces that look captivating from a distance, while also showing off superb artistry in the tiniest detail, handmade in Florence by some of the world’s finest artisans.

You’ll recognize one instantly by its striking geometric lattice-like embellishment made up of sparkling Swarovski crystals and velvet studs in different sizes and colors in parallel lines; the collection uses 120,000 in total, with each bag taking 22 hours to make. Look more closely and you’ll see that that the bags are made from the finest Italian calfskin with a seamless handle of solid brass plated with gold, palladium or ruthenium, and has a useful inside pocket with its own mirror.

Choose from three sizes: the Bureau, a larger bag for highflying executives; l’Avenue, a medium size perfect for running errands; or Midnight, a petite after-dark size. And when it’s time to hit the dance floor, there’s the matching Lara shoulder strap. We’ve got one of each on our wish list!