Carla Mancini's Spring/Summer 2010 Bags

Cynthia Cheng

Carla Mancini is not a person – at least, not a fashion designer.  Rather, it is a line of handbags owned by Mariana Goschin and Richard Elgrichi and has an exquisite spring 2010 line.  Mariana comes from a fashion family.  Her father was an atelier in her home town of Constanza, Romania, and she grew up watching him create exquisite leather jackets.  After finishing her studies at Bucharest’s Academy of Economic Studies, she moved to the United States, teamed up with Richard Elgrichi and developed Carla Mancini in 1995.

The spring 2010 line can be described as classic and contemporary, with a bit of “rocker chick” thrown into it.  With its soft, neutral colours, the bags can look amazing whether paired with jeans and a flowy top or an evening gown.  One of Prospere Magazine’s favourites this season is CM963 in lavender (above), which makes a great work piece.  Can’t you see it paired with a nice grey suit?

Carla Mancini has been a hit in the Hollywood scene.  Currently, the bags have been seen on celebrities such as Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodard (she took a clutch to the 2010 Golden Globes) and Dancing with the Stars pro, Karina Smirnoff.  Carla Mancini is available at boutiques across the US, including Fred Segal and Traffic Boutiques.

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