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The Lust List: Blair Ritchey

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You know how some people just have it? The “it” factor: the impossible-to-attain, born-with-it style, grace, and nonchalance. The casual cool that breeds just a bit of envy—but not too much, you’d still want to be friends with them, if you could.

Blair Ritchey has “it.” I met the local designer for cocktails, and in she flounces to meet me at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. She’s petite—itty bitty actually—with beachy, messy-yet-sexy blonde hair and a casual-yet-glamorous laid back style.

Blair grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, and at a young age she developed a strong interest in fashion, however she opted for a more traditional route and studied psychology. After some time working in fashion in New York, she decided to ditch the traditional rat race and launch her own line of handbags, with a focus on designs that were simplistic and easily transitional from day to evening, as well as season to season.


The motto for Blair Ritchey’s namesake line of handbags is simplistic, functional, luxury, and that could not be more spot-on for both the brand and the gal behind it.
The handbags are hand-made by the designer in soft, luxurious lambskin leather and are functional: ranging in size from small pouches to help you organize everything you schlep around to over-sized slouchy clutches (that also fit iPads) to soft, slouchy dual-handled totes perfect for long days at the office. I am absolutely in love.


Becca and I both opted for the Lulu Foldover, a simple and classic clutch designed with strap on the side to allow you to slip it over your wrist at cocktail parties. It’s great for carrying as a clutch, travel bag, or a bag within a bag for organization and can be carried unfolded to fit more stuff, or my iPad. Becca selected black with a mint tassel whereas I opted for a creamy metallic beige with a fuschia tassel (of course.

There’s also a Lulu that’s not a foldover. And, both are available in snake-embossed lambskin.


The clutches are made with gold metal hardware (silver is so gauche), and Blair’s line of tassels can be used to accessorize

Here’s what I’m lusting after.

The Lulu Foldover, $250, in five colors. I love it in black, metallic biege, or pale pink.



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