Open Call: And The Winning Design Is...



Congratulations to Tiara R. Slater of Atlanta, GA who designed this sleek and sophisticated mini tote with beaded handles!!

Open Call Winning Design: Mini Tote With Beaded Handles


A Clear Fan Favorite

This was clearly a fan favorite and we cannot wait to watch this amazing design go from a beautiful sketch to an actual handbag style for you all to carry.


Rave Reviews

The clean silhouette of this bag design will serve as a perfect blank canvas to add textures and colors.The possibilities are truly endless, and you all seem to agree: 

"I love the simplicity and touch of glam added with the beaded handles! I could even see this in a cool deep green with gold beads. Bringing bit of the vintage and modern day style together!" - Courtney

"I love the beaded handle! And I can picture this in all sorts of colors." - Ashely

"This bag yells elegance!! I can see this in red with a pearl handle!!! Absolutely love it and hope this one wins!!!" - Alicia

"The bag says, "classy, sophisticated, professional, graceful!" This bag exemplifies the older days of elegance." - Tara

"This bag has a very classic old Hollywood look to it, and it would transcend on any runway or event. It appears to give you a day to night look." - Raymond

"I love the fact that it’s 'mini.' Something cute for on-the-go is always a go-to! Plus the beads are a cute and catchy look for it. I need this. It’d be great if you could incorporate a removable strap so it can be cross body as well." - Arie

"The size is just right for me, and I love the straps!!! It also seems like a bag that can be worn with any type of outfit, and I love that as well!" - Danielle

"I like this bag for its simplicity and with the bead handle detailing, it adds little extra style while staying minimal. It just seems like an accessory I could translate to in every day use or even in a more sophisticated setting." - Anonymous

"It’s so chic and the perfect size and shape. It’s an “It” bag that I ’d want to wear every day." - Ria

We could go on and on with the comments we received. Thank you all SO much for taking the time to vote and provide all of this valuable feedback. 


About The Winning Designer

Tiara recently moved to Atlanta from Los Angeles. She attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, earning two Associates Degrees: one in Fashion Design and the other in International Manufacturing and Product Development. Upon graduation, she worked with Emperia Handbags where she developed her love and appreciation for handbags! 

The bag design she submitted represents her stand-out, funky taste and personality compacted and delivered in the form of a handbag silhouette. She envisions this small tote with beaded handles in a bold color and/or animal print leather.

Tiara R. Slater headshot

Thank you Tiara for taking the time to share your talent with us. We are beyond thrilled to be working with you!!

Please stay tuned as we will be sharing more behind-the-scenes to show you exactly how a bag goes from an initial sketch and concept to an actual handbag and standing piece within Mel Boteri's luxury collection.

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