Thursday, January 30, 2014

Designer Dialogue: MeiVintage

Meet Los Angeles handbag designer (and beach girl) Alice, who's expert eye for mixing textures and prints is evident in her line MeiVintage. Named after the Chinese name for "beautiful", Mei, is exactly what came to mind when I first came across the bags. See for yourself - MeiVintage.

What's the story behind Mei Vintage? 
 Mei Vintage collection is a blend the East and West. My design aesthetic comes from all things “mei”, which means beautiful in Chinese. I have a deep appreciation for nature, culture and for all things cultivated my hands and Mei Vintage represent just that. Much of my inspiration comes from architecture, landscape and both Eastern and Western art. Hawaii also plays a big part in my collection. I began collecting vintage kimonos during my college years in Hawaii. I soon fell in love with the intricate details and the beautiful bold patterns. Each one is so unique and special. Few years ago, I began creating small fabric clutches using just kimonos, and now the collection has transformed into a selection of limited edition handbags incorporating Asian prints, vintage silhouettes and soft leather pleats. 

Who is the Mei Vintage girl? 
I design for the women of the world. I combine culture, fashion and sustainability into a unifying vision of beauty so that every woman from all walks of life can appreciate. An ideal Mei Vintage girl would be a girl that likes to mix the old with the new to create their own individual look. 

What is your favorite piece from the current collection? How would you style it? 
We have just finished our SS2014 collection and I am in love the color orange. It’s such a happy color. My current favorite piece is the leather woven tote (in color orange) and it comes with a contracting scarf made from vintage kimono that ties around the handle so each bag is unique. The tote is so versatile. You can dress it down by pairing it with your favorite boyfriend jeans or pair it with a flirty maxi dress. The tote will be available on our website mid Feb. 

Favorite spots in LA
I’m a beach girl at heart so I enjoying hanging out by the beach and cruising my bike along the strand. It’s the best part of living here. On weekends, my boyfriend and I usually ride our bikes from Manhattan Beach to Redondo Beach. Our favorite spot to view the sunset is at the end of Redondo Beach. On a clear day you can see Malibu and Catalina Island.

All photos via Mei Vintage