Photo: Laura Vela
Spanish designer Laura Vela is taking New York by storm with attractive designs for women’s handbags that are captivating many celebrities, including actress Sarah Jessica Parker, model Bar Rafaeli and other fashion fanatics, including the Olsen twins.
“I’m living a dream, but my intention is little by little to go and set up solid bases where my designs and my collections can be supported,” Vela told Efe.
The 25-year-old Vela has enjoyed fashion since she was a girl, but she preferred to graduate in business leadership and management in Barcelona.
“When I finished my studies, I went to Miami to do a Master’s and I quickly noticed that design was my true passion,” Vela said.
Thus, with very clear ideas about what she wanted to do, she settled in New York, where she studied design and fashion at the famed Parsons School of Design.
She was a brilliant student and the school provided her with the opportunity to participate in New York’s fashion week with the line of handbags that carries her name, Laura Vela.
Designed with love and care, the leather bags are adorned with studs, metal appliques, fringes and tassels.
“With regard to Fashion, the handbag is the most personal part of a woman, it reflects her personality and the state of her mood. It’s an intimate accessory,” the young designer said.
Her bags are aimed at women who value design and quality, and among her clients she counts Sarah Jessica Parker, who acquired six different handbags in one day, the stars of the series “Gossip Girl” and actresses and businesswomen Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.
Vela said she is very happy in New York, “a city with a lot of energy and full of opportunities.”