Thursday, January 26, 2006

Belen Echandia

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In 2001, Jackie Cawthra returned to London after a year in Spain, where she discovered stylish handbags in fine leathers and a variety of colors. Although Jackie was trained as a lawyer and had no prior design experience, she debuted her first handbag collection in 2003 and reimagined the handbags that she loved in Spain. To reflect that Spanish influence, she named her line Belen Echandia, after a Spanish girl's name. ("Belen" means "Bethlehem" in Spanish.)

Stroke Me handbag from Belen Echandia in Smoky Gray

Belen Echandia handbags feature traditional styles and offer the customers fine soft leathers in a choice of colors and textures. Each handbag comes with a signature fuschia lining, stamped zipper pulls, and oodles of compartments and pockets to stash your stuff.

At a time when luxury products are being outsourced to the Far East, notably to China, Jackie has her handbags crafted by a family-owned business in Spain. To see Belen Echandia handbags in other styles and colors, visit their website or browse the Bags and Luggage page on The Style Page for "Belen Echandia." Belen Echandia handbags are also available from Bag Borrow or Steal.

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