Arm Candy

There are multiple misters in designer Nicole D’Andrea’s life. When the Smithfield native travels, she sports Mr. Arrogant on her arm, but for a night on the town, it’s all about Mr. Right Now. These aren’t men we’re talking about, although D’Andrea does have a mister right now. She’s speaking about the Mister Collection for her vibrant d’andrea handbags, headquartered in Lincoln, and made of luxe Italian leather hand-sewn in Los Angeles. “I try to relate to the names,” D’Andrea says. “My girlfriends call and they’re like, ‘I just went out with mister so and so. How’s this for a bag?’ ”

She carefully chooses leathers at tanneries in Italy. A dozen colorful, raggedly cut swatches are spread out on the table at her office, including lambskin and cowhide in eggplant, emerald and chartreuse, plus a glossy patent red. “I literally walk around the tannery with scissors,” D’Andrea says, pointing out the jagged edges on each leather sample. The bags are accented by steel and gold-plated adjustable chains that — starting with the fall 2014 line — will be woven by hand using metals from Rhode Island.

Celebrities carry her clutches on the red carpet at Hollywood events, including Alysia Reiner from the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo. The Mister Collection has been dubbed by some as the Taylor Swift of handbags, says D'Andrea. “We are working on getting Taylor a bag, because she sings about ex-boyfriends.” dandreahandbags.com

 

She’s Got Baggage: Meet a few of the misters.
Mr. Right Now Patent cowhide or lambskin clutch with stud details. $285
Mr. One Nighter Just big enough for a cell phone and lip gloss. No strings attached, just chains! $175
Mr. Arrogant One big leather bag that fits it all, including your laptop. $398