Sunday, April 26, 2009

Have You Heard of Stephanie Johnson?

Who better to design a travel collection than an order-obsessed modernist and traveling anthropologista? Stephanie Johnson launched her line of namesake travel accessories in 2000 after countless trips abroad and weeks spent packing and unpacking suitcases. Her minimalist aesthetic keeps her continually motivated to create cleaner, more streamlined pieces that make the everyday cosmetic or toiletry bag surprisingly versatile. Studied details like zipper pulls are Stephanie Johnson’s signature adornment made with Turkish silk knots and colorful grosgrain ribbons. Fabrics reminiscent of Missoni to Marimekko speak to the classic, traditionalist, hipster or gypsy. Inside, each bag is lined with contrasting fabric to better see your precious belongings; some with pink azalea and others with geometry that’s so much more fun than it was in 6th grade. Some pieces also have ultra-convenient removable pouches, pull-out mirrors, coin purses, make-up brush holders, bottles. Each is finished in classic, luxurious trims like suede, faux crocodile, patent leather, grosgrain and velvet with an occasional nod to whimsy in lime or pink faux lizard. The bags are a breeze to take care of and most are lined with a plastic overlay that makes cleaning a cinch.

Traditionally, make up cases and jewelry rolls were considered a necessary, but style-free component to a woman’s personal carry-all. Through Johnson’s eye for great patterns, shapes and her obsessive quest for beautiful functionality, they have now been resurrected to regal status to the happiness of travelers everywhere. You may not get lucky enough to have Johnson pack your suitcase (rumor has it, no one does it better), but you can be the beneficiary of Johnson’s creative solutions born from a life at 30,000 feet. Try our new Stephanie Johnson Barcelona Collection or the gorgeous Pamela Pleated Clutch, a stylish home for all of your makeup essentials, this roomy clutch also does double duty as a luxurious evening bag. Sure to dress up your night table, or your favorite cocktail dress!

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