The Making of Agyness Deyn's Studded Clutch

Model Agyness Deyn carried Rebecca Minkoff's studded Fling minaudiere to a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund event in November 2008. Agy is loyal client and one of Rebecca's personal style icons! (Getty Images)

Rebecca Minkoff, bag designer
Rebecca Minkoff was first noticed as a designer when her 2001 "I Love New York" T-shirt made an appearance on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. After months of furiously sewing the tees, Rebecca threw in the towel and began making handbags—the process was less demanding of a young and struggling designer.

Though Rebecca again launched apparel in Spring 2010, the San Diego native turned New Yorker says that handbags are a simpler pleasure:

Anyone can wear a bag. It doesn't matter what shape it is. I love bags.

But, a whole lot of work goes into that studded box clutch that Agyness Deyn loves so much, or that Morning After bag that Shenae Grimes and Reese Witherspoon like to tote. Rebecca Minkoff is, after all, a budding luxury brand; this means, quality is key. She says:

I'm still amazed, when I go to my factories, and I see how much work it is to make a bag and how many people are involved. From a sketch to getting a bag produced, I'd say there are at least 25 people involved...
Well, don't let anyone say that fashion is frivolous: The industry is creating international jobs. But what are all these worker bees up to?

Some people are making the pattern, then you have the people who are cutting it, and then many different stations sewing it. It's done on an assembly, so we need about three months to make one month's worth of goods. God forbid I want to stud anything since they do everything by hand.
Perhaps now you'll have a better appreciation of the price tag!

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