Ivy Nove [handbags]
I’m back with another project!
Dreaming up these sewing projects definitely help me hone my skills and they are so much fun! You guys know anything that allows me to be creative is exciting.
I was literally half asleep and woke up with the notion to create a handbag line. Along with that nudge, I felt compelled to contact my sorority line sisters (the BEAUTIFUL women who were initiated with me as members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc in the Spring of 2007) and have them be the focal point of this project.
Any chance I get to brag on my line sisters, I do. They all hold a special place in my heart and each one has a totally different personality which made this project a sure bet! Now I didn’t contact then at 3am when I woke up with this idea, but that morning, about 7am, I did in fact send them all a text:
So, I’ve been giving myself mini sewing challenges. I’d love if you’d help me with the next one. I want to do a line of pocketbooks & I want to make a purse in your namesake. Tell me what type of bag you like and must have features.
This simple request turned out to be an amazing venture. I asked them all to name the handbag line and with a collaborative effort, we came up with the name Ivy Nove.
Ivy was chosen to represent our bond. Not only is this a symbol of our sorority, we together as a line are indeed the embodiment of an ivy vine.
The Celtic meaning of the ivy deals with connections and friendships because of its propensity to interweave in growth. Ever furrowing and intertwining, the ivy is an example of the twists and turns our friendships take – but also a testimony to the long-lasting connections and bonds we form with our friends that last over the years.
The word Nove was suggested by Sunaria, the 6th sister on my line and the group LOVED it. Nove, in Latin means nine. Since there were 9 of us on our line, it was perfect!
I am so Thankful to have these awesome women in my life. After hearing their ideas, I went straight into designing each bag. Carefully considering what they all desired and how best to make them. I looked pages and pages of handbags to look at hardware choices and styling. After my sketches were done, each of them were named.
Here is is the Collection:
ABOUT Ivy Nove [handbags] COLLECTION
The Ivy Nove [handbags] collection is in a league of its own! Ensuring something for everyone, this collection is inspired by 9 women who transcend style and grace; providing you with both classic and edgy style to fit any wardrobe, season upon season.
Cece, Hobo handbag
When style meets substance! Make a statement while toting this handcrafted classic hobo bag, complete with an inside zipper pocket and snap closure. Sturdy hardware gives this bag some edge.
Sade, Vintage Clutch
This handcrafted vintage clutch framed purse is a showstopper and perfect for parties, weddings, date nights, or nights on the town. With no straps or handles, this clutch was designed to be carried under the arm or by hand.
Kryssy, Convertible Diaper bag
This is a street-savvy, fuss-free bag. Just flip to fit your look – it’s two diaper bags in one! This handcrafted convertible bag is perfect for Mommy and Daddy offering easy access outside pockets and inside compartments designed to carry everything to take care of baby.
This multi-pocketed, large tote has room for all your needs. It was designed with double handles bag and an open top main compartment. This large handcrafted bag has a surprisingly light feel and can be carried either over the shoulder with its adjustable strap or in the hand. Use the lobster claw clasp to remove your strap and customize your look.
Kia, Satchel handbag
A fun bag, perfect for day or night use, this handcrafted boxy satchel features dual top carry handles, and a recessed zipper. A contrasting, curvy flap was added with hidden a magnet closure to keep your valuables safe.
Simple, quick and easy. This distinctive handcrafted wristlet is perfect for carrying all those small extras – lipstick, loose change, keys and more!
Ramey, Shopper Tote
Practical and timeless sums up this handcrafted simple silhouette shopper tote! A perfect day bag with a zipper closure; this roomy tote seals the deal on this throw-in-and-go style for everything you need on the run.
Karen, Crossbody Saddlebag
A chic everyday bag that goes wherever you do. With an of-the-moment saddle-bag silhouette, this handcrafted fully zippered crossbody bag is fashionable and functional. This style allows you to be hands free while on the go featuring interior compartments with credit card slots make this style double as a wallet.
Harrison , Briefcase
This is a deceptively roomy bag, big enough for a laptop and essentials but small enough just to chuck in your tablet, wallet and keys and go. This handcrafted briefcase is perfect for the student or businessperson who needs a sleek bag with professional styling. Carry it by the top handle or use the optional shoulder strap for commuter-ready ease.
This project, for me, has definitely been a labor of love. As a signature, each bag has at least 1 navy blue zipper. I hope you enjoy these bags, and yes they are for sale.
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