Disclosure: After talking about our collaboration, Nadia Beck sent me samples of some of her items and allowed me to keep a clutch of my choice, a scarf and t-shirts. They were actually an unexpected gift and I am extremely grateful for Nadia’s generosity. The opinions expressed are my own.
I admit. I spend too much time on Instagram. It’s my new Pinterest. I love perusing through the postings of fashion bloggers and budget conscious shoppers. I also come across some unexpected gold nuggets. In this case, we can say it was a “grey” nugget.
While clicking on picture after picture, I came across a handbag that I thought was unique and beautiful. It immediately got a “like” from me. It’s called the Corners bag in leather (my leather obsession resurfaces).
I may not be a trend-setting fashionista, but I can certainly appreciate a beautiful, original handbag. After singing the bag’s praises, a little back and forth began. And, so began my relationship with Nadia Beck, creator and designer for The Grey Button.
Not only did I discover she is a talented designer, after speaking with her, I learned she is just a nice person overall.
Here’s a little of our back and forth to help you get acquainted with Nadia and The Grey Button. At the end of the interview, a treat is in store for you!
Budding Fashionista: What is your fashion/design background?
Nadia Beck: I remember many mornings when my older sister would beg my mother to make me change clothes because she didn’t understand my dramatic style. So it was no surprise to them when I decided to attend the Art Institute of California- Hollywood and pursue a degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising. I loved every bit of school and graduated at the top of my class in 2004, with all the intention of making my mark on the fashion world.
BF: How did you get into handbag design?
NB: I started making and selling jewelry after graduation while I looked for my dream job. One of my downtown trips with a friend to pick up some supplies ended up being the day that would change my life. A visit to Michael Levine’s is where I saw the first purse handle that would inspire me, a pair of unique tortoiseshell colored acrylic handles. In school, there was virtually no spotlight on accessories but I remembered thinking at the time, “how hard could it be?” With the training I gained in apparel pattern making, I attacked my first handbag pattern. To my surprise, the pattern worked! I sewed up my first handbag and hit the road to show it off. I was at the mall one day and a girl (a stranger) walked up to me and asked me where I got my bag and how much would I sell it for. Right then I knew I had something.
BF: Do you remember the first bag you sold?
NB: A couple of months after my first inquiry into selling my bags, I had developed about 7 additional styles in an array of fabrics. I visited my now mother in-law in Pennsylvania and an introduction to a friend and shop owner landed me my first sale. A small boutique owner had taken a chance on me and my designs and ordered all seven styles. They did great and from that relationship I began my handbag career.
BF: Who is The Grey Button customer/woman?
NB: It’s hard to say that our bags are for a specific type of woman as I am often surprised by our customer range. So I guess I would sum it up by saying that the woman who I see that carries a bag from The Grey Button is not afraid to color outside the lines. She doesn’t shy away from the particular prints, bold colors, and uncommon shapes that make our bags unmistakably relevant yet timeless at the same time.
BF: Which Grey Button bag is your favorite and why?
NB: Right now I would have to say that my favorite bag is “Corners” in any leather color. I’m usually not a big bag girl but I love this one! You would be surprised how much stuff you can fit in there!!
BF: You have a pretty broad price point. Why should someone invest in one of your bags?
NB: I know that for a woman to spend any amount on a bag she has got to feel like it’s worth it. I take those things into consideration when designing. It starts by making sure I choose quality materials to work with, most of which is made in the USA, and being sure to pay attention to all the small details. What is transformed are attractive, handmade handbags whose worth is undeniable.
For more on The Grey Button backstory and exactly how the collection was named, click here.
For more on how to score exclusive deals on a Grey Button bag, stay right here!!
In support of her business venture, and in her support of my new blog, the Budding Fashionista and The Grey Button are teaming up to bring readers exclusive discounts and promotions for your favorite bags!
Stay tuned for details…Exciting things are happening and we can’t wait to share them with you!! I promise, it’s probably the only time you’ll want to “go grey.”
Here’s the lovely Nadia!
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