I was on the hunt for a generous sized handbag that made me look chic and effortless. Come to find out that was very hard to find, and I resorted to using a basic leather bag that looked like what every other woman was carrying. As someone who loves fashion and has always had a distinct style, looking like everyone else wasn't going to cut it.
One day I was leafing through a coffee table book featuring celebrities' homes and spotted a leopard-printed handbag laying on the ground of a home office and fell instantly in love. After searching high and low for said bag (without success) I decided that I must use this bag as an inspiration and design my own. I wanted a simple silhouette in a fabulous material with a really cool handle that you wouldn't see anywhere else.
After destroying many leather handbags from water damage, I knew I wanted my handbag to be made from an alternative material, that was both vegan and cruelty-free. I love fabric that has texture but wasn't too sure how it would hold up to the demands of everyday life. I had a prototype created from a fabric I fell madly in love with, used it everywhere I went, and realized that it wore better than any leather handbag ever could.
The Duchess and Jane's D-shaped handle was another "must" in my eyes. I love to have the option of holding a bag, rather than having to always throw it over my shoulder. To me it looks more sophisticated. I designed the handle I wanted, and after numerous iterations, I landed on one that I loved and had it manufactured. That being said, I do recognize that customers do want the option to be hands-free, so the Duchess and Jane also come with a detachable strap.
What I love most about both styles are that they can fit most anything inside, all while still looking polished and pulled together. The luxurious fabric is eye-catching all while being a workhorse. It is never precious but always coveted.
I hope you enjoy reaching for your Cushette as much as I do.