BY SUSAN G. HAUSER
David Stoops, owner of Black Star Bags in Portland, makes waterproof messenger bags.
// Photo above by Sierra Breshears
It’s time for Oregon’s handbag designers to take the spotlight.
Local fashion designers get all the attention, what with six of them already featured on Project Runway and others showcased at FASHIONxt (previously known as Portland Fashion Week). But now the focus is shifting to include designers of purses and bags.
Portland boutique owner Anne Bocci, who closely follows the global fashion scene, started stocking $550 Christina Castillo Italian leather handbags after seeing the designer’s display at FASHIONxt.
“Christina’s is the finest material you can get and it’s still made in the USA,” says Bocci. “It’s almost like a $1,200 Prada bag. You can’t get any better than this.”
Castillo, a UO journalism graduate, designs bags manufactured in an artisan factory in Chicago.