We introduced you to Khirma Eliazov's designs a few months ago and they have been dancing in our heads ever since. Ridiculously well-made and simply gorgeous, Khirma Eliazov bags are ones you'll want to have and hold for years to come.
Created with signature shagreen detail and a brilliant purple lining, the namesake collection (seen on Sienna Miller, left) embodies the effortlessly chic nature of its designer. Khirma (pronounced Erma) began her creative career as an accessories assistant at Mademoiselle Magazine and quickly grew into a full-fledged fashion stylist working with clients such as Nikon and the Bravo Network. She also worked as a freelance accessories and market editor for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Teen Vogue, granting her further exposure to the best accessories available.
Ready to take on new challenges and armed with a library of knowledge and insider access, Khirma worked as a brand and marketing consultant before introducing her first collection of luxury handbags for Fall 2009.
"Women now are more style conscious than ever," says the designer. "I did not want to just design arm candy, but rather, sophisticated, luxury handbags identifiable for their high quality construction, distinct aesthetic and versatility that lends itself to complement a favorite pair of jeans, a cocktail dress, poolside, or at the Met–feminine, functional and timeless."
But as they say, it takes two to tango. In the spring of 2009, Khirma met her partner Keira Guez, daughter of denim mogul Paul Guez and current Director of Production and Sales for Khirma Eliazov. Bringing her expertise and experience to the table, Keira provides that valuable second half of the company, which unfortunately many other design house fail to have.
Honestly, we haven't seen a collection of handbags that has excited us this much in a very long time. It isn't only the beautiful materials and colors that we've fallen for, but the pockets (which are everywhere), the stunning hardware, and the tightly (and expertly) hand-woven handles that hug the shoulder perfectly.
Since we trust Khirma's excellent taste and judgement when it comes to, well, everything, we asked her to share a few of her favorite things with us, what inspires her and more...
StyledOn: Alright Khirma, who are your favorite designers?
Khirma Eliazov: Isabel Marant, Yigal Azrouel, Diane von Furstenberg.
SO: Current playlist?
KE: Pheonix, Kings of Leon, Jack Johnson.
SO: Favorite restaurants?
KE: Kingswood, Nobu, Franks.
SO: Best spot for a drink in the city?
KE: Apotheke (seen right), Crosby Hotel, Jane Hotel.
SO: Where do you go for inspiration?
KE: I watch old movies or head to the library to look at archives of clothing and accessories from past decades.
SO: Any guilty pleasures?
KE: Traveling is my favorite thing to do. Different countries, cultures, landscapes–I find a great deal of inspiration through my travels. I lived in Italy for 8 months studying Art History and taking art and Italian classes. India is another favorite of mine.
SO: How do you escape daily?
KE: I go to the park for a walk with my dog and a sketch pad for some quiet time–or I read. I love books that travel through different countries and time periods.
SO: Favorite style from your new collection?
KE: The scalloped clutch (shown left).
Khirma Eliazov is available at Henri Bendel, Wink NYC, Elizabeth Charles and Nikki Laura in New York; Diavolina and Milk Boutique in LA...
BUT if you're in New York this Friday and Saturday, December 18th-19th, you can shop this collection and others at a special holiday sample sale:
What: ARCHETYPE SHOWROOM & KHIRMA ELIAZOV SAMPLE SALE
Why: Um, read above. Also save 65-85% on Khirma Eliazov styles as well as those from April77, Digby & Iona, Fremont and Quail – some kids clothing too!
Where: 676 Broadway, 2nd Floor (Great Jones & Bond streets), NYC
When: Fri. 12/18, 10am-7pm | Sat. 12/19, 12pm-6pm
What will you be buying?