New York-based designer Lauren Merkin introduced her self-named line of handbags in 2002. After earning an MBA from Columbia University, she found herself without the creative job she craved. She began creating handbags and selling them to friends, family and nearby boutiques. Ten years later, Merkin’s bags can be found in retailers around the world and have been featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and The NY Times. Lauren Merkin collections are designed for women who actually want to carry their bags. They are designed for the long haul, with the highest quality materials, rugged construction and contemporary details. Part playfully feminine, part urban sophistication, part vintage charm, Lauren Merkin bags have a style like no other.