Equestrian style inspires Ora Bags spring 2013 collection
Locally made Ora Bags launched its spring 2013 collection at Gastown boutique Nouvelle Nouvelle (209 Abbott Street) on March 6. At a media preview, designer Randi Obenauer presented her latest pieces.
The 2013 collection features several new styles of bags, including a chic two-tone tote bag, and the use of different types of materials. Obenauer, who works from a studio located in East Vancouver, told the Georgia Straight that it was time spent observing horses in Montana at the end of 2012 that inspired the equestrian elements in the collection. The detachable metal chain straps on a few new Ora Bags, for instance, are actually repurposed horse bridles. Fringed leather, which Obenauer introduced in fall 2012, complements the urban-cowgirl look.
While Obenauer has made backpacks before, the backpacks introduced this spring feature a perforated detail along the edges of the top flap. Pieces that combine two different colours of leather also feature prominently: the combination of raw butterscotch leather with polished black leather looks sophisticated yet fashion-forward.
Ora Bags has also expanded its line of wallets, cardholders, and small leather goods. The leather bifold wallet in tan is sturdy, while the two-compartment card holder in medium-brown suits those who prefer something sleeker.
The complete collection of Ora Bags include briefcases, purses, bike bags, laptop holders, and crystal pouches. Along with Nouvelle Nouvelle, items are sold at Charlie & Lee (223 Union Street), Sitka (1864 West 4th Avenue), Whoa!Nellie Bike Shop (2539 Main Street), and online.
More photos from the Ora Bags spring 2013 launch at Nouvelle Nouvelle below.