Why We Love It:
This elegant retro-inspired “lady” bag is the ultimate piece to take you from the boardroom to the banquet in style. It is made of full grain leather with a lined interior and a lovely lock closure.
Brand: Marie Odile for Soltek
Item: The Mathilda Bag
Color: Rich Brown
Where to Buy: www.soltekdesign.com
About The Designer:
Marie Odile for Soltek is a vibrant mingling of French glamour and minimalist New York City design. The founder, Marie Odile Sharkey-Berard, was born and raised in France. She received her fashion education in Paris, and in 1970 traded The City of Lights for The City That Never Sleeps. Once in New York she continued her love affair with fashion, enjoying positions at such esteemed brands as Charles Jourdan, Roger Vivier and Arche.
In 2010, she branched out on her own and launched Marie Odile for Soltek, a line of handbags and small leather goods made in Italy. Though manufacturing in Naples was the initial dream, her desire to support the talent of local NYC artisans won out. The collection is today a collaboration between the designer and area craftsmen -all come to life in the heart of Manhattan’s Fashion District.
The Marie Odile for Soltek collection ranges in shape from totes and clutches to cross-bodies and satchels. Materials include cow leather (plain, printed or embossed); canvas, cork, hemp and a vegan leather substitute.
“I believe that a good handbag is one that suits your style,” explains Marie. “But a great handbag is one that suits your lifestyle.”
About The Company, In Their Own Words:
Our vision for Marie Odile for Soltek came to life in 2010. We named it for things we have innate appreciation for…
Sol – like the sun! We loved the idea of brightness, light, love and respect for the environment.
Tek – for the growing inclusion of technology in our lives, the minimization of waste, a sense of things fast, furious- even sporty; an overall more focused operation of everyday life and the things we wear with this new focus…
Over the seasons we have introduced beauties like the Bagatelle, precious pieces like Pearl, and the beloved Mathilda. Three new silhouettes debut each season, while fan favorites are brought back to life in new hues and fabrications to meet changing needs and evolving styles of our customers.
From cork to printed python, and leathers made to look like French Flags, Fleur De Lis, and even Le Figaro magazine, there is always something exciting to share and wear!
Images Courtesy of www.soltekdesign.com