7 Trade Show Lessons Learned

As far as learning curves go, there are few experiences as effective as debuting at a trade show. Back in 2006, when I started this business, I was essentially flying by the seat of my pants. A mere few months later, I exhibited at my first trade show. I learned 95% of everything I needed to know with that initial experience. (Seriously!) Here are some of my most valued lessons: […]


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Paige’s Picks

    We buy what catches our eye. This goes for clothing, sure, but especially for accessories. We shop for a mood, a feeling, a statement. But gaining insight into what shapes from a line the designer actually uses on a daily basis speaks volumes about both those styles and the designer herself. We asked Paige, a dyed in the wool minimalist, which handbags from her eponymous line she designed for […]


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Tuscany: Where to Eat, Sleep, Ponder and Wander

The food incredible, the art outstanding, the history rich, the scenery stunning, and things to do and see practically endless: this is Tuscany. After a three days of working and exploring in Bologna , my mom joined me, and we set off on eight days of discovering the Italian region of Tuscany. Here are just a few of the highlights I would highly recommend if you ever find yourself in […]


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The PHD Holiday Handbag Buying Guide

A handbag tops most women’s holiday wish lists. I created a buying guide to help you choose the best bag, based on her lifestyle and needs:           For the Expert Traveler The Stephanie Weekender can be loaded with all of your necessities, and stowed under the seat in front of you. She comes with three huge outside pockets (perfect for water bottles, toiletries, passports, magazines, and […]


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My 17 Greatest Business Lessons

In nine years of designing, manufacturing and distributing handbags I have learned (and earned) many lessons. Here are 17 of my favorites: 1. Release any and all expectations of outcome. 2. Avoid sacrificing yourself or your business in hopes of people liking you more.   They won’t. 3. Set intentions not goals. If you narrowly miss a goal, you see it as a failure.  If you almost hit your intention, […]


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7 Ways to Spot a Well Made Handbag

Large chain stores selling clothing at unbelievably low prices are propagating a movement aptly named:  Fast Fashion.  Fast Fashion on the surface appears to give the public access to a huge selection of clothing at very appealing prices. However, those who examine this movement more closely are telling us that, in the end, buyers are spending as much, if not more, than they would if they originally opted for the […]


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Bologna, Italy: Where to Eat, Sleep, Ponder, and Wander

Designing the PHD Fall 2014 Collection required, and not unfortunately, a trip to Bologna, Italy, for Lineapelle. Lineapelle is primarily an event for those in the fashion industry sourcing leather, and materials for shoe construction and sales. There are also many intriguing finds for handbag designers, which unavailable anywhere else in the world! My discoveries in Bologna, however, were not all handbag related. I also found some of the city’s […]


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The Complicated History of Pink

Everyone has an opinion about pink. However, what many do not know is this contentious color has a storied past, which likely and unknowingly influenced our opinions on it. The details of pink’s history are many, but a few highlights help us understand what this color went through over the centuries, to bring it to where it is today. 1.      Pink was not a social or gender norm before the […]


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The Book that Changed My Life

Dr. Lissa Rankin had a question that most in the medical community didn’t – why do certain patients spontaneously heal while others don’t? This question was not something Dr. Rankin pondered based on simple hyperbole, but upon witnessing actual cases where patients who should have otherwise succumbed to the realities of a grave illness – pulled themselves out of it. With the exception of research performed in the 1960s by […]


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Archie & Beatrix, my dogs

How to Handle Stressful Days

“If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money can’t buy.” ~Unknown Who doesn’t consider having a temper tantrum that would impress toddlers when things, sometimes beyond all reasonable comprehension, are just not going well? While I find screaming, pouting, blaming (or all three) to be entirely unproductive, I found the best way to direct my energy, in the less than perfect moments, is to […]


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