Ora Handbags Spring 2013 preview

Last month I had the pleasure to attend the intimate Spring 2013 preview event for Ora Handbags.  Taking place at the chic Nouvelle Nouvelle boutique in Gastown, guests were treated post-work bevvies and an exclusive sneak peek at Vancouver designer Randi Obenauer's new creations.

Ora Handbags are characterized by their ability to look just as chic in the country, as in the city streets.  The line is entirely made with luxury leathers and each season always features a few pieces specially made with recycled leathers.  Vancouver Island born Obenauer's love of the sea and forested hills where she grew up infuses every piece she creates, yet her influences also include inspirations from her travels to Costa Rica, Hong Kong and Ireland.

This season, Obenauer seems to be inspired by festival style as fringe abounded everywhere, although she put an urban twist on it by pairing her fringed bags with a heavy chain strap.  Light cognacs and tan leathers against black was a common theme throughout, but for me the standout piece of the night was the camel bucket backpack.  Normally, I'm not a fan of backpacks as they remind me too much of the mini-backpack phase of the 90s, but when they come in buttery soft leather and can be worn as a backpack, or as a regular bucket bag, then I find my resistance melting away.

As guests of the party, we each received a goody bag containing Ora's signature leather pouches.  Each pouch contains a different crystal, which I'm sure is supposed to symbolize some sort of energy, but alas, the bag didn't come with an explanation.  At first I was skeptical over how to wear this pouch as all it reminded me off was Ser Davos' lucky finger pouch from Game of Thrones, but surprisingly this piece is quite chic when worn! I paired it with leggings and a white cable sweater and it instantly made my lazy outfit look a bit mysterious, in a "oo what does that lady have in her neck pouch?" Okay, maybe this only sounded good in my mind.

Ora bags are available online, or at various boutiques in Vancouver, Seattle and Victoria.

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  1. Ooo I'm seeing their festival vibe, too. I really rather like it! My favorite is the second one, the slouchy small backpack. It's so cute!

    xo Marlen
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  2. I guess that neck pouch is like "statement necklace" in and of itself? :)


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