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Black Designers You Should Know: Nathaniel Noir

Nathaniel Noir, a Black luxury goods designer behind the brand Noir-X Apparel based in Canada, is a designer you need in your radar. He designs structured handbags of varying sizes and textures such as crocodile, python, ostrich, iridescent color ways, and vegan leather. He offers sophisticated pieces that can definitely become staples in anyone’s collection while also offering fun handbags in various patterns.

I cannot tell you how I initially came across his account, but when I saw the Python Blue Chrome bag in the medium, I was hoooked! The bag was both metallic and iridescent with blue and green colors so when it hit the light, it shined, okay?! I had to have it! Well so did everyone else because this was last spring and it quickly sold out! I thought I lost out on the bag, but then this summer, it was re-released and I snatched it up quickly! Check out my unboxing and initial reaction below .

Since acquiring the Python Blue Chrome handbag, I snagged another coveted beauty, the Python Liquid Gold also in the medium size. Isn’t she a beauty? The orange and gold tones are a perfect pop to any ensemble for the upcoming fall season. This bag with brown or emerald green?! I can’t wait!

Image Credit: Noir-X

I currently have my eye out for the re-release of the Vitro Chrome in medium. Check her out below. Isn’t she gorgeous?

Image Credit: Noir-X

I have found my sweet spot in styles of handbags that work for me and they are structured , medium sized, with top handles and feet. The ones I received from Noir-X check all of those boxes. However , if the medium is too large for you or not large enough, many of the offerings come in mini and jumbo sizes as well.

The price range is what I would consider mid-tier accessible ranging from $270-$660. However, many of the styles are often and currently steeply discounted. The bags shown above retailed for $480 but are discounted to $150.

I’m not done with Mr. Nathaniel Noir yet, my wishlist includes:

1. Purple Jumbo Python

Image Credit: Noir-X

2. Jewel Green Jumbo Python

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3. Monaco Red Jumbo Python

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4. Cobalt Blue Jumbo Boa

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If anything you see interests you or you want to see more from the brand, head to Noir-X to take a look around. Just don’t sell him out before I get there!

Cover Image Credit: Nathaniel Noir

Product Highlight: Buy Black Art Tote by Cede Supply

The Buy Back Art tote was launched by Cede Supply in honor of Black History month, but is still for sale. The company committed to donated 10% of the proceeds to their #Sowacede foundation which “which focuses on funding of the arts, financial literacy, and emotional intelligence with our youth” (Cede Supply).

Image Credit: Cede Supply

The style of the tote is fashioned after the Dior Book Tote, which is eye catching and in style at the moment, so the message is bound to draw attention.

Image Credit: Cede Supply
Image Credit: Cede Supply

More About the Company:

Cede Supply “bridges the gap between conscious, luxury and cool.” The “inspiration behind the name of Cede Supply Co. came from the word concede, which means to give up or pass on. Founder and CEO, Kristyn Edwards’s mission with this brand is to highlight and educate consumers on social issues that shape the world we live in today through each collection that is released. 3% of sales go towards a cause in relation to each collection” (Cede Supply).

The Buy Black Art tote retails for $135 and can be purchased here.

4 Upcoming Product Launches You Need to Have on Your Radar

Spring has officially begins and so have the product launches! Diva Chronicles is an advocate of supporting and shopping small businesses, especially Black or minority and/or woman owned businesses. Some of these brands have been reported here before and one is new. They all have their cult followings, so if you see anything you like, set your alarms and get ready!

1. @Glamaholic Lifestyle

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Image Credit: @Glamaholic Lifestyle

Loyal supporters have been keep tabs on when Mia Ray, Glamaholic’s owner and founder, will release her signature “G” scarves and new wallet on a chain (WOC) purses. Well she announced that day is March 25, yes this Friday, so now they both can be yours! The launch happens at 3 pm EST so set your alarms and have your page ready to checkout if interested. Yes, it is that serious over there in Glamaholic land.

2. @BrandonBlackwood

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Speaking of launches customers take seriously, is a Brandon Blackwood launch. He made a mark with his now discontinued ESR bags, but Brandon wants to remind all he is here to stay. On April 8, 2022 at 12 pm, EST, not only will the metallic Kuei bags return, but new styles will launch. In personally have my eye on that new top handle pea green beauty.

3. @HouseofRehab

Known for their “Everything” and “Almost Everything” bags, embossed with “Fashion Made Me Do It” on the front, House of Rehab has announced the re-release of their metallic Almost Everything bags in metallic silver and pink. I personally missed on the metallic drop last time and will now miss out in late April when they are re-released. No specific release date has been announced yet, follow the brand closely for more details.

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4. @NLtheLabel

Nichole Lunch Box bags are a hit! While it is offered in black, denim, pink, the “diamond” and pink styles will be shipped out March 25- April 25, 2022 and May 5-30, 2022, respectively. The Lunch Box bag offers a different style from your everyday tote bag and is bound to stand out.

Image Credit: @NLtheLabel
Image Credit: @NLtheLabel

Fashion News: Brandon Blackwood Salvator Collection

Brandon Blackwood has quickly become a favorite amongst the handbag community. The young Black designer hit many of our radars when Kim featured his End Systemic Racism “ESR” on her Instagram during the pandemic. Since, then he has has several releases with all of them selling out. Brandon gas announced another upcoming drop: The Salvator Collection.

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The 6-piece collection is made of Salvator lizard material and from what has been posted, will come in the Cara, Arlen, Kuei, and the Bamboo B tote. The other two styles remain to be seen.

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The collection will be limited edition as with it being handmade of special materials, so expect a higher price point than what we’ve seen with his usual bags.

There is no advertised release date, so if you’re interested, sign up to the mailing list or turn on your post notifications.

Product Highlight: Kate Spade Rubix Colorblocked Medium Crossbody

I’ve always been a purse girl. My friends who just helped me pack them up can attest to that (Thanks, ladies!). Handbags, purses, pocketbooks, bags, whatever you call them, are an easy way to play with color, texture and shapes, in my opinion. When you can find them on sale, it is even better (and trouble for me). Kate Spade is one of my favorite brands that is relatively affordable that offers handbags in quality materials, fun shapes and colors. I wasn’t even browsing the site when I saw the Rubix Colorblocked Medium Crossbody in an ad and it caught my eye. It is just the type of bag I would add to my closet. The shape is unique, the various neutral colors add interest, and the nappa leather adds quality. I just may add this to my wish list. Get a closer look below.

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rubix colorblocked medium crossbody
Image Credit: Kate Spade
rubix colorblocked medium crossbody
Image Credit: Kate Spade

How to Incorporate 3 Statement Glasses by Cynthia Rowley x Zenni Optical Into Your Wardrobe

I have been wearing corrective eyewear since I was five years old. Back in those days, I had a few select metal frames to choose from and they were expensive! As an active kids, keeping my frames in tact proved challenging. I never looked at them as a fashion accessory. Fast forward to college and a brief stint of wearing contacts and realizing I was too near sighted to keep up that routine, I reverted back to eyewear. I decided if I were going to have to wear eyeglasses for the rest of my adult life, I might as well make them interesting. I had heard of Zenni Optical for years before taking the plunge on a pair. It was just so unheard of to me to order frames online. Ever since then, I have been hooked and recommend the site to family and friends. I now own multiple frames.

Since I currently switch frames to match my ensemble, I often get comments from people that along the line of not knowing how to wear bold frames. Bold depends on your personal comfort level. Tame to me could be “out there” to someone else. I’ve chosen three frames from the Cynthia Rowley x Zenni collections and have provided tips on how to wear them.

  1. Dahlia
Brown Dahlia front-view
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This deep mustard shade is perfect for the person who loves to wear jewel tones or vibrant summer shades. It you love to wear limes, watermelon reds, and crsip whites. It will also look beautiful against deep emeralds, wines, rubies and plums.

2. Azalea

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Tortoise is safe everyday pattern that goes from work to evening. If you are someone who doesn’t change eyewear with your outfits but still want a statement, go with tortoise.

3. Rockrose

Brown Rockrose front-view
Image Credit: Zenni Optical

This pair is perfect for the person who likes a little edge. This studs remind me of the Valentino Rockstuds that were extremely popular a few years ago. Try this pair with a floral top and faux letter shorts or a skirts.

Shop the collection here.

8 Everyday Tote Bags by POC Designers Perfect for Work and Beyond

There is nothing like a good work tote. They are versatile, sturdy, and holds all of our life’s necessities we juggle on a daily basis, and often come with us on our travels. While there are definitely more popular brands that makes this staple, there are minority designers producing quality goods as well. This list is no where near all inclusive, but hopefully will start you down the path of looking to POC designers for your everyday essentials. The bags are listed below in no particular order.

Agnes Baddoo’s Sac 1 Bag

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Description: The shapes are designed for everyday use, and adapt to our evolving environment. (Agnes Baddoo)

The Sacs come in multiple sizes, colorways, and textures. There are about 15 collections or “suites” as they are categorized on the website.

Shop it here.

NL the Label “ The Work” Bag

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Description: This bag was created to be your next go to for a meeting with clients or to a quick getaway.(NL the Label)

Shop it here .

Yvonne Kone Large Fillipo Bag

LARGE FILIPPO BAG - AMBRA
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Description: A classic and versatile everyday tote crafted from Italian leather with synthetic suede lining. Softly structured shape and minimal detailing for a nonchalant chic style. Spacious main compartment and features a delicate leather strap to tie as a knot or with a bow to fasten your bag shut, a convenient inner pocket and sturdy top handles. Ideal shopping companion or lightweight carry-on. (Yvonne Kone)

The Fillipo bag comes in two styles and five colorways.

Shop it here.

Haiti Design Co Classic Leather Tote

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Description: Full-grain Haitian vegetable tanned leather. Solid brass hardware.(Haiti Design Co)

The classic leather tote comes in three leather color options.

Juliette Convertible Leather Tote

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This convertible tote can be worn as a crossbody or a backpack. It also comes in three leather color options.

Jennifer Le Caiman Tote (Medium)

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Description: CAIMAN TOTE BAG is practical in size and crafted from croc embossed leather. It can be carried from the top handles or detachable shoulder strap. This stylish yet timeless piece can be carried for years to come. It has a structured shape that makes it easy to fit all your essentials inside – there are plenty of pockets for valuables, too. (I Am Jennifer Le)

Ship it here.

Brandon Blackwood Jumbo Kuei

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The Jumbo Kuei is the largest of the Kuei bags from the brand. Crafted from vegan leather, it also comes with a cross body strap for increased multi-functionality. The Jumbo Kuei comes in seven different colors and textiles.

Shop it here.

Telfar Shopping Bag

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Affectionately known as the “Bushwick Birkin” Telfar’s Shopping Bag’s quickly garnered a cult following in 2020. They are marketed as “Not for you – for everyone” and boast an accessible price tag to match. The Shopping Bag comes in small, medium, and large sizes (and a whopping 20+ colorways!), but the medium is the bag that may be more practical for everyday.

Shop it here.

Fashion News: Coach Collaborates with Champion for a Limited Edition Collection

Coach has teamed up with Champion, an athletic brand that has regained popularity over the past few years, for a limited edition collection. It includes purses, belt bags, leather jogger sets and more! Prices range from $250-$2,300. The leather joggers are going fast!

Coach X Champion Leather Tank Top
$495

Check out the entire collection and shop here.

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Product Highlight: Confetti Boutique Glacier Purse

Duckie Confetti, most known for his luxurious fur designs, seen on everyone from Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, and more! The fur designer has released the “Glacier Purse” to complement those luxe furs pieces.

Image Credit: Confetti Boutique
Image Credit: Confetti Boutique

Product Description:

The perfect Heavy Acrylic Purse . 
Magnetic Closure .

Gold Hardware 

Confetti Logo Engraved in gold . 

Price: $175

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Shop the Glacier purse at http://www.confetti-boutique.com

Product Highlight: Classic Icy Cuban Necklace by One of Sevyn

Diamond Cuban necklaces are a popular accessory often seen on the likes of pop culture’s most notable figures. They also come with a hefty price tag. One of Sevyn sells “luxe affordable jewelry” and one of the shop’s most popular items is the Classic Icy Cuban Necklace.

Classic Icy Cuban Necklace - One of Sevyn
Classic Icy Cuban Necklace - One of Sevyn

A necklace of this style pairs well with silk and satin button down tops, dresses with exposed décolletage, or layered with other pieces to elevate a simple t-shirt.

Product Description:

  • Rhodium Plated High Quality Alloy Cuban Link Necklace
  • Length: 16 in. 
  • AAA Cubic Zirconia Crystals

Price: $80

Shop it at OneofSevyn.com.