MAGIC: American Express OPEN Fashion's Rising Stars

Last week at MAGIC MARKET WEEK, my business partner and I attended  WWDMAGIC (one of the many trade shows going on at the convention center and Mandalay Bay).

We were drawn to the huge American Express OPEN booth where they featured fashion's rising stars design, craft, and compete live. Three designers had three days to go from sketch to finished handbag. We were able to speak to Kristine Gottilla of Spencer Divine and Aimee Kestenberg.

Aimee Kestenberg is from Australia and attended Parsons where she completed internships for various luxury brands. Her handbags had an elegant and functional feel to them. At MAGIC, she was giving away these cute coin leather purses (pictured on the left). I can't wait to see her line available at Nordstroms soon.

Kristine Gotilla from Spencer Divine is from Brooklyn, New York. Her handbags had a supple and sleek feel to them. We were definitely eyeing her large A-Line totes available in different colors and loved that it can either be a tote or backpack. She was giving away cute business card holders at MAGIC (pictured on the right).

I wish them both success in the future!

More info:
Open Forum article
Aimee Kestenberg Web site
Spencer Divine Web site


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