Kate Spade looks positively prosaic compared to Brandi Shigley, the ebuillent 26-year old handbag designer behind b. shigley designs. A one-woman factory, Shigley hauls her fabric, pins, needles, favorite music and dog into her dining room and goes to work, materials sprawling to the walls. From this creative tornado, a handbag is born. But not just any bag. These are handmade statements of personal style, brimming with panache.

Shigley launched her company in 1999, after deciding (with considerable cajoling) that there might be a bigger market for her designs than her circle of friends. From there, she began designing her line, and the the personality of b. shigley handbags. There's Izabella Intern (it's gray wool exterior says professional, while the satin pink interior betrays a feminine sensibility), Crazy Uncle Harry (wild brushable green fur accented with pink chiffon handles) and Lucille (cute, but one tough cookie-denim through and through). The bags range in price between $40.00-$60.00 and can be ordered from www.bshigley.com . Custom bags are also available.

-Lisa Baggerman

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