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MEET | GELAREH MIZRAHI
Featured 2.20-2.26.17 | Before I launch into my lengthy missive on my love for handbag designer Gelareh Mizrahi, I just want to clear up one thing: she is NOT related to Isaac. She does, however, have a brother named Isaac. But he's not fashion designer, he's a doctor. So yes, there are two Isaac Mizrahis out there. Anyway. Let's talk more about Gelareh because, ummm ... she's awesome. A Persian Jew who was born in Iran and moved to Washington DC in 1990 (this site is quickly becoming my favorite Anti-Trump statement), she grew up with a passion for street style and contemporary art that led her into the world of fashion, and then to her eponymous line of super luxe handbags made for a new generation. Each bag is made of sustainable python and yes, they're beautiful and incredibly crafted, but more than that, they are the perfect blend of serious fashion and tongue in cheekiness (her most well known collection may be the Stoned Collection. I think you probably get it, right?). She's gorgeous, talented and smart and her selects are just as impressive.
Welcome to Gelareh's week.
more about gelareh
Gelareh Mizrahi launched her namesake collection in 2013. Mizrahi, a petite, soft-spoken woman began her collection born from her passion for street style and contemporary art that began during her youth in Washington D.C. This fervor and passion for adventure led her to New York, where she earned her masters at Parson's New School for Design. After years working in accessories for Chanel and Intermix, Mizrahi was inspired to start her own collection by the idea that luxury should be exciting and not be taken too seriously. Quality, exclusivity, authenticity and timelessness are the trademarks of true luxury, and these, combined with Mizrahi’s wildly colorful and whimsical designs, distinguish Gelareh Mizrahi from a market of accessories saturated with brand logos. The Gelareh Mizrahi collection has been embraced by fashion leaders such as Taylor Swift, Emma Robertson, Leandra Medine, Rachael Wang, The Beckermans and Eva Chen, (who has become a major supporter of the Gelareh Mizrahi collection and called her “The new It designer in the handbag game”). The Gelareh Mizrahi collection is sold exclusively at Barneys New York nationwide and online. Gelareh Mizrahi’s innovative use of precious skins blends superior craftsmanship and exotic skins with a youthful sense of humor. Price point for the collection ranges between $400 to $1900. Gelareh Mizrahi's strategic retail placement and breakthrough concepts have consistently attracted media attention in outlets such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle Magazine, New York Times, Lucky Magazine, Style.com, as well as support from countess bloggers including The Man Repeller among many others. A little info on the bags we make: Our python comes from Indonesia. Indonesia has a surplus of python, and nature can only support a small percentage of the snakes that are there. We do what is called “sustainable use”, a principle now recognized and promoted by all serious conservation organizations. This concept means that we only use python in a way and at a rate that does not lead to the long-term decline of biological diversity. We don't take more than we need and doing so; we protect the natural habitat of the pythons, the people and the biodiversity of Indonesia. Animal welfare is a top priority for us, we have a responsibility to ensure the highest standards of care and prevent unnecessary suffering. We also follow all CITES regulation, which monitors and controls that the wildlife we use is not endangered by trade.