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  • 1. Stacey Lapidus Press Coverage 2005/2006 HL Group

2. The New York Post July 13, 2005 3. The New York Daily News July 14, 2005 4. Fashion Week Daily August 1, 2005

  • HEARD: Mercury's in retrograde, so stay away from major life changes...Oops! Too late!NEW YORK: Monday, August 01, 2005
  • M.A.C public relations executiveNathalie Moar , who once repped the likes ofP. DiddyandBritney Spearswhile at Dan Klores Communications, abruptly exited the company last Wednesday Natalie Leedshas gotten a job! The buxom blonde is working 40 hours a week atVartanian & Sons , a wholesale jewelry companyat the Robert Wilson Watermill Center benefit Saturday,Michael KorsCEOJohn Idolbid $50,000 for theAnnie Leibovitzcommissioned portrait, but thenthen graciously dropped out and let a lady bidder win... Olivia Chantecailleis opening up her East Hampton home on August 27 for aDominomagazine party celebratingMary McEvoy CartiersAnne Faheycelebrated her one-year wedding anniversary with a mini vacation in Bermuda last weekend Wmagazine has an exclusive onFrida Giannini s wedding this past weekend Heathcliff Rellieturned two yesterday...Louis Vuitton'sHeather Vandenberghe , who took her entire Vuitton team to a Yankees game last week (the public relations and advertising teams took cars while marketing braved it on the subways), is three months pregnant... Coachsold its massive Scribble print umbrella for $250 at Super Saturday LacosteandVogue are co-hosting a live performance byDiamond Nightsat the Alger House this Thursday (it was the last gigAnnelise Petersonhelped plan while she worked at the magazine) Stacey Lapiduscustom-designed a handbag for the supermodelHeidi Klum

5. US Weekly August 1, 2005 6. New York Post August 8, 2005 7. US Weekly August 22, 2005 8. Life & Style August 22, 2005 9. New York Times August 28, 2005 10. InStyle September 2005 11. September 2005

  • You Need To Know ... Stacey Lapidus
  • Fashion accessories editor, creative force behind one of our favorite websites (Bag Borrow or Steal), and now, handbag designer. At only 32-years-young, Stacey Lapidus has made a career out of critiquing other designers. Now, the ambitious, New York native is taking the helm of her own line of city-chic bags and jewelry. More Nicole Richie than Nicole Kidman, the unconstructed totes and hobos are the perfect carry-all bags for the new crop of it girls. Made of distressed leather, python and silk, Lapidus infant line shows promise of future glory. Celebrity followers include supermodel and Project Runway host Heidi Klum. Here, the adventurous designer took time out to chat with me about her new company and fashion philosophy.
  • --Pamela Pekerman, Founder

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  • Stacey on her namesake line
  • BT:Have you always wanted to be an accessories designer?SL:Not specifically, but I have always wanted to design and I love accessories, so it was a natural progression.
  • BT:You used to be an accessories editor at Vanity Fair. Did that inspire you to make the line?SL:It was the most incredible experience a girl who loves fashion could ever ask for! I was exposed to so many beautiful things and learned so much in the six years I spent there. It was truly an education that helped develop my personal style. I felt I had no other choice, but to express what I learned by designing my own collection of accessories.
  • BT:What else inspired your current collection?SL:Women like me who know how to have fun with fashion and aren't afraid of playing around with color and fabrics.
  • BT:Describe your line in 5 words.SL:Modern take on classic elegance
  • BT:Describe the woman who would wear your bag. SL:The same woman who never wears one designer head to toe.
  • BT:You are currently featured in InStyle. How does it feel to see your creations in fashion magazines?SL:It feels unbelievable! After working behind the scenes for so many years, I know how many talented and amazing designs editors see a day. I'm flattered that my pieces were chosen to be featured.
  • BT:What stores carry your line?SL:Bergdorf Goodman, Kirna Zabete, Henri Bendel, Intermix and my website,
  • BT:What is on the horizon for your line? What should we expect for the spring/summer?SL:I'm doing a lot of classic shaped bags, but with fun fabric, patterns and linings. The jewelry is amazing! I worked mostly with silk and crystals to create bangles, necklaces, even headbands.

13. Continued

  • Stacey on ... her other ventures
  • BT:How has your background helped prepare you for your current career?SL:I've worked as a stylist as well as an accessories editor for 6 years. That's where I developed a passion for accessories. After years of seeing just about every accessory made, I developed a distinct sense of personal style which reflects in my work
  • BT:How did you get involved with BagBorrowOrSteal?SL:I co-founded it with my brother and his brother-in-law. They had the idea and called me to see what I thought and if it could work. I thought it was brilliant and knew right away that if designers were into the idea, it would be a hit. I believe it's successful because women love handbags and want the option to change them as often as possible, but don't want to spend the money all their money to do so.
  • BT:Do you still do editorial work?ST:I handle some of the editorial on , but since leaving Vanity Fair, I've been solely concentrating on expanding my business. I would love to be a contributor at some point in the future.
  • Stacey on ... business
  • BT:What is the biggest challenge of starting your own line?SL:Learning how to design and manufacture. I have always known what I like and don't like and was considered to have great taste. But, I never knew much about the design process. Learning how to take my ideas and create something tangible is extremely exciting.
  • BT:How do you deal with the challenges?SL:Each day I learn more and more about all aspects of the business, from production to sales. Since the company is still rather small, I embrace working the long hours and being as involved as I can. As I grow and understand, so will my ideas and capabilities for the collections.

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  • Stacey on ... style
  • BT:Describe your personal style?SL:I don't feel that I have a distinct style; I enjoy mixing and matching different styles. When I shop, I always buy colors that compliment each other, so no matter what I throw on, it works. Of course, I usually never leave the house without some type of great accessory. Its amazing how one pretty necklace or bracelet can transform a simple pair of jeans and tank top.
  • BT:What is the key for a bag to become a classic?SL:A simple, great shape
  • BT:What is the one item no woman can live without?SL:A handbag, of course!
  • BT:What advice would you give readers on style?SL:The best piece of advice is to have your own style. Don't conform and wear something you don't like, just because it's "in" for the season. Style is about individuality and how those pieces represent you as a person.
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15. September 2005 16. Vanity Fair October 2005 17. November 3, 2005 18. Self December 2005 19. Harpers Bazaar December 2005 20. Marie Claire December 2005 21. Cosmopolitan December 2005 22. New York Post December 5, 2005 23. Rocky Mountain News December 8, 2005 24. Fashion Week Daily December 16-17, 2005 Stacey Lapidus Holiday Trunk Show , Henri Bendel at Fifth Ave and 55th, NYC, hair line accessories, ornamented handbags and jewelry 25. New York Sun December 27, 2005 26. Italian Vogue February 2006 27. In Style February 2006 28. Teen Vogue February 2006 29. February 16, 2006

  • Leave MeIt helps to have been an accessories editor atVanity Fairwhen launching your own line. For Stacey Lapidus, her former position likely had something to do with lovelies Heidi Klum and Scarlett Johansson clamoring for her distressed leather, studded totes and silk covered bangles. But Lapidus isn't resting on her laurelsthat is, except in the case of her leave headband, shown here in olive and lavender. Also available in pink and cream variations, the pretty headgear shows off the designer's refined and feminine touch.$59 staceylapidus .com

30. February 28, 2006

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