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Upscale LA-based bag brand Monserat De Lucca has always maintained a public presence with their DTLA showroom (featuring killer sample sales the last Friday of every month), but their West Third Street boutique not only lets shoppers wade through a sea of supple leather bags and accessories, it also offers a glimpse into the bag-making process with an in-store work space.
The mostly online label, carried by upscale e-commerce site Shopbop and available at Anthropologie and It Girl fave Reformation, is incredibly accessible and larger-than-life in the flagship store, with low-slung fringed hobos lining the walls and jewel-toned bucket bags sitting pretty in the front window. The Saba Fringe bags and most of the totes and pouches are made in-house, with a well-stocked sale rack on the back wall loaded with some of the best styles at over half off.
Monserat De Lucca carries amazing Coachella-ready macramé and fringed bags, in addition to gorgeous scarves, ponchos, and jewelry, and we took a moment to get to know a little bit more about the brand with founder Stephanie Lin, who started the label almost a decade ago.
When did you decide to start your own line?
I’ve always loved handbags but had difficulty finding styles I really liked minus all of the large hardware and logos. So I decided to start creating my own line organically and over time.
Where do you draw the most inspiration from when designing?
I love to travel often and this is where I gather most of my inspiration. Europe and Southeast Asia, Myanmar in particular, are some of my favorite destinations. My designs tend to be simple and functional combining influences from different cultures I am exposed too.
How do you pick your colors?
I tend to be inspired by more organic and earthy tones accompanied by rich metallic accents to add a subtle ‘pop’ into my collections.
What type of handbag does every woman need in her closet?
I’ve always been a fan of tote bags. A great tote with the right amount of functionality and carry is hard to find, so if you find one you truly love, my advice – go for it!
What would a perfect LA day be like for you?
I recently had my first child so spending time with him is my priority. A perfect day in LA for me would actually be a very simple day. I would sleep in late, sit out on my deck with a hot cup of green tea and watch my baby crawl around, have a late, long, relaxed lunch, then stroll down to the beach and maybe check out some new shops on the way. If it's late enough, catch the sunset then walk home and snuggle into bed on the early side with a really great book that I'd only read one page of before falling asleep because I'm so relaxed.