Neapolitan Collection Hosts Handbag Designer Be Inthavong

—Elle Eichinger | April 9, 2012 | Homepage Latest The Latest

Handbag genius Be Inthavong brings his latest line to Winnetka boutique neapolitan collection this week (April 14-18). Inthavong started his luxury bag line in fall 2010 as his first solo venture after a stint at Be&D. For this collection, Inthavong fused inspiration from his Laos roots with modern twists like splashes of rich, stunning colors. The designer will be in-person at the carefully curated boutique on April 17 and 18, and his spring/summer collection will also be available for purchase in case you still need an it bag this season. Find out more about Inthavong's influences and techniques below.

What was your inspiration for this collection?
BE INTHAVONG: For fall, I was inspired by the deep, rich colors of jewelry such as ruby, emerald, and amethyst, and how to capture them in the weave and lizard trims. I’m also very inspired by functionality with a twist, like diagonal zip pockets and double slant slit pockets, when I create the bag shapes.

What is your favorite piece from the collection?
BI: I love the Lily Too satchel—I think it could almost be unisex.

When designing a bag, what is the most important aspect? Is it functionality, color, shape?
BI: For me, all of it! A great bag is when all the design stars align.

You are in the process of patenting a new method. What is that all about?
BI: It's about taking finely laser-cut leathers and weaving them into a silk loom by hand. This craft is a silk weaving technique that has been modified to weave leather and is over 500 years old from Laos. It has never been executed in such a way until now.

What is next for you? For your line?
BI: My newest move is introducing the weave [method] to the interior design world. Our company already has sales showrooms in New York, London, and Dallas. As for after that—I guess the universe will guide me. 715 Elm St., Winnetka, 847-441-7784

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