10 Questions for Handbag Designer Michelle Vale

Michelle Vale Handbag Designer Interview

Michelle Vale is a New York-based handbag designer with a passion for great craftsmanship and local manufacturing. One of her line’s signatures is interchangeable hardware. Need a black and gold bag to be black and silver for a night? Hope it’s a Michelle Vale, because then it’s totally possible.

I was able to ask Michelle Vale a few questions about her line. Read on for more about design, what makes a quality bag, and the benefits and drawbacks of manufacturing here in the U.S.

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Spring Accessories

Dear Kelsey,

I’m out in the country, so I trotted off — okay, drove — to Target, which has been some producing some nice accessories lately (although the prices do reflect the better than usual quality). Cuffs like these are made by a popular jewelry designer whose name currently escapes me. At first I thought they were Alexis Bittar-inspired, but I don’t think that’s right. I just can’t remember where I’ve seen them before. It’s a popular style, so possibly in the collections of several different designers. They’re $24.99 each, which honestly seems a little steep, although the agate does appear genuine to me. …

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