Renowned, award-winning jewelry designer, entrepreneur, and a woman with truly classic, impeccable style, Judith Ripka, recently launched her first handbag collection exclusively for Philadelphia area’s own QVC. Ripka is known around the country and around the globe for her luxury brand jewelry in fine metals and precious stones, with boutiques and stores across the nation in only the top cities. Ripka also brings us affordable luxury jewelry and accessories at QVC, crafted in sterling silver featuring divine gems and unique stones with her signature faceting, along with her iconic heart designs.
The gorgeous JR handbag line, which was created especially for QVC, was introduced to shoppers last month and has already received a tremendously positive response for the entire collection. Featuring an eclectic assortment of purses ranging from petite clutches to larger totes, and slouchy hobo bags and shoulder bags to several wallets.
Ripka left not one detail behind, from the luxurious and distinctive croco-, sting ray- and snakesin-embossed leathers to the supersoft suedes and elegant woven jacquard fabrics. Reminiscent of her exquisitely crafted jewelry, Ripka’s handbag collection features fine details, including ornamental hardware and sophisticated design elements making each piece truly unique. Each handbag has an old-world, yet Gatsby-esque name: there’s the Astor, the Thompson, the Manhattan, the Stanton, the Sutton, the Mercer, and the Waverly, just to name a few.
The Manhattan is simply to die for; this sophisticated croco-embossed briefcase-style tote is a superb design. If you’ve longed for a structured tote by a famed French designer, whose signature color is orange but you know its steep price that accompanies it, then this carryall is sure to make you suddenly forget all about that other bag. The Manhattan carries a super affordable pricetag with supreme, timeless styling and luxurious panache sure to make your coworkers ogle with jealousy. This certainly explains why it just about sold out within minutes during its debut. Ripka’s jewelry-inspired hardware is present on this larger carryall with her signature twisted silver buckle and zipper pull and belted opening, it affords plenty of organization with tons of pockets, a middle zip compartment, and two large outside pockets perfect for quick access to keys, cell phones, id, etc. ($253.68).
The Astor buff snake embossed east/west satchel comes in luscious shades of amethyst, turquoise, classic black, and brown. This satchel has natural leather handles, which will suntan and soften over time with age for a wonderfully expensive look and a soft-textured suede exterior. This medium-sized bag is extremely versatile and can be carried handheld, crossbody, or on the shoulder. I am particularly fond of the canvas, removable crossbody strap not only because of its updated, instant urban chicness but for true comfort. Thin leather crossbody straps can dig into the shoulders once all the essentials are loaded into a handbag. Custom silver O-rings and a signature Judith Ripka name plate make this satchel a timeless silhouette ($209.88).
The Judith Ripka Handbag collection retails for approximately $99.00 for wallets and $129.00 to $350.00 for handbags. Visit www.QVC.comto see the entire collection, watch product presentations, and read customer reviews.