PHD Moves On Up

For well over a year I knew we were too big and our office too small, but I did not have the heart to leave it. I loved my office neighbors. I loved the tree outside our window. I loved my space. I loved my Westwood neighborhood. But the workplace I adored had everything except room to expand. In January of this year I began to casually look for bigger […]


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The 5 Designers Who Most Inspire Me

I source inspiration for handbag designs in elements of nature, facets of architecture, via meditation, and in my ongoing studies of fashion and designers. The designers I admire most are those who were true to themselves while simultaneously creating historically influential and timeless pieces. Of my five favorites, all have stood against the status quo and the established gender roles of their time to create fashion that continues to impact […]


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How I Meditate

Taking 20 minutes a day to replace the clutter in my mind with quiet is essential to my business practice and life routine. I find on the days where I do not meditate I feel as if I did not get a good night’s sleep and my day is impacted accordingly. Meditation helps me with everything from bag designs to choosing the best things to eat for my body. There […]


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Green Moving Boxes from Rent a Moving Box

10 Ways I Keep PHD Green

Being a good business woman means not only doing what is best for my customers but for the communities in which they live. Here are 10 ways (some of which are quite simple) I keep my business green. 1.       A Creative, Fun, (and Green) Solution to Moving Boxes The problem with moving boxes? They are impossible to find and quite expensive when you do. They also, of course, require needlessly […]


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My Top 5 Favorite Vegan Restaurants in the US

Between my trunk shows and travels, I am on the road quite a bit. I am sure I’m not alone in the challenges of eating well while traveling. As a vegan, eating on the road is especially complicated. Thanks to some fantastic restaurants around the country, I can maintain my vegan diet while away from home and discover some incredibly scrumptious meals while I’m at it. Here are 5+ of […]


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How It’s Made: A PHD Handbag Collection

Form without function is futile, and honestly what fun is function without form? This is why at PHD when I design new handbags and collections I spend countless hours perfecting both. Want to know the inside story of what it takes? Here is a peak into how I designed our recent Spree Collection. 1.       Meditation and Sketching Sessions The power of meditation for their business has been making headlines. Everyone […]


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The Road to Eating Whatever I Want

For decades, I like many people, was a victim of emotional attachments to food. These attachments were the driving force in my decisions about what to eat and what not to eat. Today, however, I am no longer a victim of food and my emotions. I eat what I want, when I want and how much I want, and I have never felt healthier or better. Here is how I […]


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Ignored the Nay-Sayers, Did it Anyway

Paige Hamilton was repeatedly told she would ‘never make it’ in the ‘brutal’ design industry full of ‘miserable people trying to rip you off’. Paige listened to them – a few times. Then Paige decided she was going to do it anyway. Today Paige designs and sells handbags, manufactured in the United States, which are sought after by celebrities, the world’s royalty, and the finest stores in the nation. Here […]


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PHD Trunk Show

5 Ways to Make a Trunk Show Go

Specialty boutiques and large retailers share a similar struggle:  how do they keep customers attention and loyalty with the growing affinity to purchase online? Many savvy store owners and staff are turning to trunk shows to not only attract customers, but to help determine the viability of a new product or to assist in selling a product they currently carry. Regardless of the ultimate reason for hosting a trunk show, […]


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