Mario and Glynn, are the rad duo behind Essex - a made in LA handbag line that, get this, let's you customize your own clutch. Yes, it's true ladies, you can give up that never ending search for the perfect clutch that will fit all your essentials without looking bulky AND also happens to come in your ideal color combination because chances are, it doesn't exist, yet. In addition to customizable clutches, Essex also carries perfect on-the-go totes and special addition pieces like this gorgeous, shagreen number. Design your own clutch here and meet Mario and Glynn below.
What's the story behind Essex?
My business partner Mario and I were introduced through friends and had talked about a few different projects together when we got roped into helping a friend with a leather jacket company. Neither one of us was particularly passionate about the product but through the process we learned so much about production and the fashion world in LA we decided to work together to make something we did love – starting with the perfect clutch. We’d liked the idea of letting our customers play designer so we decided to make our clutches customizable. Each piece is made to order.
Favorite item from the current collection?
Ohhh tough call. Right now we love our ‘spring break’ leather - a cool black and white leather that goes with everything but has a little edge. We’re also obsessed with our mirrored silver leather. It’s amazing.
Who is the Essex girl?
She thinks about her look in the morning but she is still practical and not overly trendy. Because our bags our custom there are all kinds of Essex girls. We have hip edgy girls who rock a silver Louie+ for day and preppy girls who design a bright Louie for a summer wedding. Our clutches fit just the essentials so our girls aren’t too fussy. They can streamline.
What celebrity/model/icon do you see using Essex?
Essex is perfect for laid back LA girls like Rachel Bilson and Jessica Alba.
Favorite spots in LA?
In our neighborhood we love Goldie’s for a fun girls dinner and Zinque for a quick lunch or a post work glass of rosé. When we’re running around downtown picking up orders we sometimes swing through the Arts District for lunch – Zinc and The Daily Dose are faves. Our production space is super close to The Ace Hotel and their pancakes are the best ever. They serve them all day and we are sort of addicted. And of course Bottega Louie – the namesake of our clutch! We post about all our local faves every Tuesday on our blog and Instagram :)