Did you know Beautiful Handbag Day is this week? You read that correctly! Beautiful Handbag Day is this Thursday the 12th. I’m sure many of you didn’t even realize Beautiful Handbag Day existed. Until a few years ago, I didn’t realize it was a holiday either. It’s not a calendar holiday, but it’s still one many fashion lovers celebrate. Many stores and boutiques around the world plan to celebrate. They will host trunk shows and customers get to meet some of their favorite handbag designers. The stores will have lots of celebrations and surprises with several types of gift bags. Customers go nuts for gift bags- especially super nice ones. No one wants to receive a freebie that isn’t nice. (Gifts with purchase are similar. Don’t advertise and try to entice buyers if the gift isn’t nice or meaningful.) A few select stores will even be giving away designer handbags. It’s not National Handbag Day after all if you don’t show off beautiful designer bags. There will be a list of all of the stores participating. And if you are participating, don’t forget to Instagram your purchases with the hashtag #BeautifulHandbagDay.
I will personally be going to Franks Friend high end department store to celebrate Beautiful Handbag Day. Franks is one of the most beautiful department stores in the world. They only have two stores; one in New York City and another in Dubai. Their selection and service is unmatched. There is no other store or boutique in the world that can compete with them. It is the go-to place for all designer luxury clothing and accessories. Fashionistas from all over the globe plan shopping expeditions around Franks department store. They make lists months in advance before their travels and save major purchases. It’s hard to actually pinpoint what makes this store shine. Obviously it’s their merchandise and the ease of their sales clerks in which they instinctively know how to interact with shoppers. But there is something a bit more. It’s as fairy dust sprinkles over Franks every evening after the store closes. The marbled floors and walls feel inviting and warm instead of cold and aloof. Tea on the top floor is a must and you may even sip champagne while shopping. Their personal shoppers feel more like friends rather than sales associates only want to make money. In fact, they all remember your style and taste. If a new shipment arrives and they think you would like something, they will send you an email letting you know with a jpeg attached. It’s never a pushy email and in fact it feels like you are hearing from a friend.
Franks Friend will have a meet-and-greet with the designer behind PLIA Designs on Beautiful Handbag Day. PLIA Designs makes the most sought after designer handbags. They are hands-down some of the best bags on the market. It is incredibly difficult to find designer handbags on the same level as PLIA Designs. The foundation of their brand is a firm dedication to craftsmanship. Each PLIA handbag is handcrafted one at a time. All of their leather hides are from Italy. The metal hardware is custom made. It is really hard to top a PLIA Designs handbag. So when I heard that Franks Friend would be celebrating PLIA Designs on Beautiful Handbag Day, I knew that was where I was going to celebrate such a fun holiday. And it would give me a chance to catch up on their new deliveries and chat with many of my friends who work there. I also hoped they would have a great gift bag or possibly even a giveaway.
As my office isn’t that far from Franks Friend, I wore a dressier outfit to work on Thursday. I was ready for Beautiful Handbag Day as were several of my friends and colleagues. It was hard to concentrate on our work because we were so excited. One of my work friends had previously interviewed the designer behind PLIA Designs and she filled me in on what inspired the collections and how the label is really firm about quality and craftsmanship. PLIA Designs is among the most classic of American handbag brands; its simple, laid back, luxurious silhouettes are beloved by fashion lovers all over the country. Even Europeans have an affinity for PLIA Designs.
After work, we grabbed a quick dinner across the street from our office and headed two blocks to Franks Friend. It was already packed when we arrived and waiters were serving champagne, wine, and sparkling water. Even thought it was crowded, it didn’t feel like a madhouse. I wound my way around the accessories department and spotted a metal signed engraved with PLIA Designs. There many people around the handbag displays, but I could see if I stood on my tippy toes. The handbags were indeed beautiful. It’s a fact to say that PLIA Designs makes some of the most beautiful designer handbags in the world. Now if I could just weave my way through the crowd, I’d be able to buy several of their bags. Beautiful Handbag Day should be more than once a year!