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I am on a bag hunt. OK I guess that's not unusual, but I am really trying to find great quality bags from small designers, and I think I am succeeding...this morning I received a little shipment from Mimi, a lady in London who has a shop with the same name where she sells her handmade leather bags, purses and wallets. The store simply smells great, like leather, now that the bags are hung up on the wall! I also have some little frame coin purses, each lined in whimsical prints. I really want to visit Mimi's shop - in fact her whole neighborhood - it sounds like the coolest area (more about Spitalfields shopping here).

This weekend we're getting a few clutches by SML Bags, Shana is a local designer and we spotted her at the Market NYC and have been waiting for the right time to introduce her wares. She also has a fondness for colored leather, cool fabrics and also appliques or ribbon detail.

I have two more bag lines I am looking at, one is leather and the other is made from old Italian wool army blankets (!) but I will save those for later.

Side note: If you love shoes, they are going fast at's new online shop. She has Chie Mihara at great prices, as well as a selection of clothing from the shop.

Other side note: Lena Corwin popped by with her pup Gus and some of the best-selling "Travel" plates from her collection. I have a lil' stack of them at the shop, and you can see it in the window as well.

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