Invited to swing by the Ora Showroom in the heart New York City’s fashion district on a mid-July Wednesday afternoon, MRD wasn’t expecting to discover such a gorgeous boutique accessory showroom. Jodi Lin Wiener, brilliant PR Director, introduced us to 5 amazingly talented emerging designers and their brands. All accessories and jewelry ranging from handbags and clutches to earrings, bracelets and cuffs, we have found our new must-haves for the upcoming fall season! Please read on and stay tune for a MRD On the Runway series of articles every Wednesday to discover the profile of those fashion rising stars.
During her trip in New York City, we were pleased to be able to meet with Martha Clifford, the North Carolina-based designer behind the ultra-chic brand M. Clifford Designs. Formerly launched in 2007, this emerging handbag label is described by its designer of dependable and full of character.
Olivia cross-body bag, in Hair Calf-Small Leopard, $225, also available in other colors and fabrics at www.mclifforddesigns.com
Martha Clifford tells us that she always been inspired by high fashion and luxurious materials. “At a young age my mother taught me that I could possess something truly unique and one-of-a-kind simply by designing my own clothes.” This is the beginning of a love story with the fashion industry.
She learned how to indulge her creative side and with her passion for fine Italian leathers, led her to the creation of a small group of handbags that were immediately snapped up by friends and family. When the demand became even greater, Martha realized she was onto something and from there, developed a full-fledged collection, which she began producing in New York City. The signature red lining M. Clifford Designs label was born!
Mia clutch, in red, $320, also available in other colors at www.mclifforddesigns.com
Mia W/Pono clutch, in beige, $320, also available in other colors at www.mclifforddesigns.com
The M. Clifford woman is elegant, sophisticated, and confident. She’s a fashion connoisseur, yet never a slave to trends. She is discerning and always seeking something unusual and special. Each M. Clifford bag boasts the designer’s keen attention to detail and singular “effortless chic” aesthetic. Beautiful and elegant, these bags are constructed using the softest, most supple leathers and yet they are also highly functional with inside zippered pockets and compartments. From fabulous hobo styles in a range of textures and skins to classic carry-all styles, there is truly something for every uber-stylish woman.
Her small, focus and conceptual American-born and American-made collections are sold in nearly 30 boutiques across the US, with key markets being Florida, California, New York, and the Carolinas.
Tippi satchel, in beige, $410, available at www.mclifforddesigns.com
“In coming years, we intend to bring our accomplished aesthetic to shoes, belts, outerwear, and small leather items,” she told MRD.
We will absolutely stay tune for this!!
Her contact info:
Sales inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
ORA Showroom – M. Clifford Designs