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Written by on Monday, September 23, 2013
Handbags by Ifania

Crafted by New Mexico Artisans

I recently discovered a talented leather accessory designer on Pinterest, and I am excited to share her work with you. Stephanie Ifania Landry designs under the name Ifania® in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her mother taught her to sew at an early age, and Ifania began sketching and designing her own clothes as a young woman. Ifania is also a self-taught glass fusion artist, creating colorful art glass in her own kiln.

Over the last few years, Ifania began making leather handbags for her family and friends. Experimenting with exotic leathers and colors, she perfected her hand-painting and hand-staining techniques for use with some of her distinctive products. With a keen eye for unique jewelry, Ifania began adorning her handbags with beautiful antique bolo ties, which can be removed and replaced with another bolo.

In 2011, Ifania decided to turn her passion into a business. Her customers can now choose between soft, earth toned leathers hand stained or hand painted with luminescent colors, and high fashioned leathers paired with alligator and crocodile for their handbags. The Bolo Trading Company® Handbags featuring the removable bolos were the handbags I first discovered on Pinterest. I was immediately won over by the simple handbag styles accented with unique adornments.

Featured on the left is a small size (10" X 13") Bolo Trading Company® Equine Handbag by Ifania® ($1400) featuring two toned chestnut and midnight brown leather and a striking sterling and turquoise horse Bolo with matching tips signed by Mike Chee. I love the beautiful two toned leather on this handbag. It is perfect for Fall!

In the center is a medium size (13" X 15") Bolo Trading Company® Heritage Series Handbag by Ifania® ($1200). This handbag features luxurious tundra sheep leather accented with a vintage hand loomed Southwest rug, a vintage sterling and turquoise bolo, and a sterling and turquoise feather. This is my favorite Heritage Series handbag!

On the right is a classic medium size (14" X 14") Bolo Trading Company® Equine Handbag by Ifania® ($1700). It is made from sumptuous chestnut brown leather accented with a highly collectible sterling silver horse head bolo with matching sterling silver feather tips signed by RW Beckwith. This handbag is simple and sophisticated, and perfect for the equine enthusiast!

Every Ifania® Designs handbag is hand cut and individually artisan made in the USA. Since each handbag is a one of a kind piece, they sell quickly, and these exact handbags may not be available. However, similar handbags with other distinctive bolos are available for purchase.

Visit the Ifania® Designs website to see all of the exquisite handbags by American artist Ifania®, as well as beautiful leather belts and wrist cuffs.

Bolo Trading Company Equine Handbag by Ifania Bolo Trading Company Heritage Handbag by Ifania Bolo Trading Company Equine Handbag by Ifania

Christin Miller is a strategic marketing and branding consultant and the creator of the Maverick Style website. She provides designers, manufacturers and specialty retailers with the expertise and guidance needed to optimize marketing strategies, increase sales, attract new customers and expand brand awareness.