On Wednesday I attended the launch of The LiV Collection by BD503, a small affair that celebrated the release of a new handbag collection designed by singer/ songwriter LiV Warfield (a rising star who got her big break singing backup for Prince) and local handbag maker BD503. Warfield and BD503 designer Bianca Pettinari met this year at FashioNXT, where BD503 had a booth and Warfield sang to kick of the week's events. She spotted a bag, claimed she was, "Not leaving without it," and struck up a friendship with Pettinari, which led to the collaboration. "The LiV Collection by BD503 includes shoulder bags and clutches with signature details and exotics inspired by LiV’s passion for life, music and fashion."
BD503, a newcomer to the Portland design scene, boasts Pettinari's 20 years of experience working in Italy for the likes of John Galliano, Costume National, and Theory; individuality (each bag is made one at time and is one-of-a-kind); re-purposed leather sourced from vintage garments and top-quality excess leather from traditional Italian manufacturing; and each bag is handmade in their Portland studio. Following are a few shots of the clutches that caught my eye. You can check out the entire collection here.