Lara Van Slyke

Handcrafted Leather Handbags & Accessories

381 Elliot Street #135
Newton Upper Falls MA 02464

Lara B. Designs Studio is open Tuesdays – Saturdays 12-4. During Newton Open Studios, the studio will be open extended hours of 10-5. I will be working on cutting leather, gluing and prepping all the pieces and materials and finally sewing into leather handbags. I will be demonstrating all aspects of this process throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday. All leathers and materials will be accessible to touch in order to understand the textures and construction of the handbags. Visit the studio for lite snacks and specials!

Artist Contact Info:
Growing up, I devoured fashion magazines tearing out pages and pasting them to my walls, dreaming of the designs I could create … later, fashion design, pattern making and graphic arts became my educational background with a focus on handbags and accessories.

My company has truly been a labor of love. I started the business in Los Angeles after design school to fulfill my creative spirit and passion for leather handbags and accessories. After years of designing and selling to retail boutiques nationwide, life brought me back to the east coast to continue to grow Lara B. Designs and develop new skills and styles. In addition to designing, I decided to do some of my own cutting, sewing and manufacturing. So, I purchased an industrial sewing machine and was on my way – everything is handcrafted by me in my Newton studio.

I’m inspired by color, shape and texture. My designs reflect this with clean lines and classic practicality. Lara B. shines through its unique leathers transforming everything from your little black dress to your ripped jeans into a fashion statement. All handpicked worldwide ensuring the buttery, soft texture that’s adored once touched, each skin develops into a cherished work of art, turning heads and capturing followers!

Lara B. Designs has been recognized by NBC The Hub Boston, Boston Globe, British Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan.

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