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A Tote That's a Smooth Ride

Vicki von Holzhausen was an award-winning automotive designer working for Audi and Mercedes-Benz before she turned her hand to making accessories.

"Great cars are beautiful, memorable, meant to last many years and even become more valuable as they age, I think that’s a good way to look at fashion."

Vicki von Holzhausen

Now based in Malibu, she designs direct-to-consumer handbags that possess an ineffable California cool. The shapes are minimalist, and details like meticulously painted edges and handles made of leather cording tied together in knots are stellar. What better complement to a luxury car?

Von Holzhausen handmade leather bucket bag, at

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