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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

IGNES Josephine Max Hobo

It was just about two years ago that I first had the pleasure of meeting Maria Estrada, founder and creative director of IGNES. In 2007, IGNES was recognized with the "Most Socially Responsible Handbag" award at the Independent Handbag Designer Awards. The brands environmentally and socially-thoughtful philosophy is evident in every single IGNES handbag. Calfskin, pony-hair, ostrich and cowhides used on every IGNES handbag are all by-products of animals bred on free-range farms or "estancias" in South America. The Uruguayan artisans responsible for creating these cosmopolitan classic designs are of the utmost priority to Maria and Ignacio, and they take pride in the fact that their country's exceptional artistic talents are well-represented on an international level by these hard working individuals. Every woman that buys an IGNES handbag (myself included) can be proud to carry a bag that is not only unique but that is also responsibly produced.

I already own the IGNES Sofia (which has seen plenty of action), but now I'm falling in love with another IGNES design. The Josephine Max Hobo ($360) is my current obsession. It features a gorgeous braided top handle and zippered top with tassel detailing. The interior is well-appointed as all IGNES bags are done so with today's modern woman in mind. The 'Josephine Max' is quite roomy measuring 16.8 x 10.4 x 3.2 with a 10' handle drop. The smaller 'Josephine' is equally chic, but I prefer the Max's size because I love big bags. The aqua/warm pewter version pictured here is lovely and would compliment my wardrobe staples, tees, jeans and boots, perfectly. I can't wait until IGNES adds the 'Josephine Max' to their bespoke inventory. I'm afraid I'd have to buy a few in different colors and skins just to satisfy my love for this fabulous design (hint, hint, Maria - add it to your bespoke list!). Click here to read my previous interview with Maria Estrada and learn more about this environmentally and socially responsible label.

Shop the Josephine Max Hobo here or visit IGNES Elite to try out their unparalleled bespoke services


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