Schmancy Purses begun in the spring of 2006 by Laura Bell Bundy (a Tony-nominated star of stage and screen, dancer, and songwriter currently starring in New York’s Broadway hit musical, Legally Blonde), and Erin Pata (a graphic designer, farmer’s wife, mother of three, and fabric junkie living on a butterbean farm on the rural California coast).
After Laura saw Erin’s handcrafted creations, they began to work together to create two purses for Laura’s character, Elle Woods, for the then upcoming Broadway show, Legally Blonde. Since the show’s smashing success, Laura and Erin have joined forces to create a whole new fresh line of Schmancy Purses to wear with jeans in town or to a premiere in a gown.
The Schmancy Purse Line
Schmancy Purses are unique, adorable, unpretentious, and vintage-chic – with a personal touch! Each purse is its own work of art, individually numbered and made in limited quantities. If that doesn’t make your Schmancy Purse special enough, each handbag also comes complete with its own locket in which to stick your favorite photo. Dog lovers even have their own “Bruiser’s Crusier” that Laura carries in Legally Blonde, where they can carry a photo of their beloved pet, along with the pet itself!
Laura and Erin like to compare their purses to a “1940’s farmer’s wife quilt block swap,” made of offbeat cotton prints, interesting wools, and soft velvets with rhinestone buckles, bows, and flowers. Not only are the bags pretty, they’re also completely functional with a heavy duty interfacing, and inside zipper pocket, and a solid magnetic snap.
Along with being sold on the SchmancyPurses.com, these handbags can be purchased in boutiques around the country and at the Legally Blonde Palace Theater gift shop in New York City. So check out all they have to offer and find the Schmancy Purse that suites your fancy!
Article Written By: Amy Taylor; Amy is a graduate of FIDM in Los Angeles, CA and loves studying fashion, keeping up on trends, and trying the latest and greatest beauty products!