Oscar red carpet clutches to swoon over

Can’t wait to tune in and watch all that red carpet glamour about to take over Hollywood this Sunday night?

If it’s not the designer dresses or bedazzled jewels the A-list ladies are modeling for the cameras, it’s their elegant clutches. Those mini must-have purses filled with personal items like gum, lipstick and who knows what else are just as thoughtfully chosen by the star’s stylists as the rest of their ensemble.

One new accessories brand just getting into the mix is Swoon Luxe, a Los Angeles-based luxury collection of handbags, clutches, wallets, backpacks and leather cuffs made from the finest exotic skins including crocodile, snakeskins, lizard and ostrich.

What makes this collection so unique is its “Confessions of a Shopaholic” similarity; the line was created and designed by financial analyst, Helena Reich.

As a young girl, Helena’s parents surrounded her with music and art. When she wasn’t practicing the piano and cello, she would escape into a fantasy world of fashion as she spent hours in her room sketching paper dolls and purses.

In college, Helena studied finance and pursued a career in financial valuation where she consulted with major corporations in mergers & acquisitions and other valuation driven transactions. However, her true love for fashion was always there waiting in the wings. She finally hooked up with executive design consultant Heehyun Park and created Swoon Luxe.

All of Swoon Luxe’s handbags and accessories are hand-crafted by artisans who have dedicated their entire life to the craft. Finding the most skillful artisans in every corner of the world is a painstakingly difficult process. The crocodile bags are made by artisans who only specialize in working with crocodile skins. The ostrich and python skin pieces are hand crafted by craftsmen who specialize in those skins.

In the world of “the wild”, the quality of skins is the foremost concern. The qualities and material costs between a Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus Niloticus) and a Caiman (Crocodilus Fuscus) differ significantly. Nile Crocodiles, along with Australian Saltwater Crocodiles (Porosus Crocodile), are considered the most luxurious and prestigious crocodile skins in the world. Swoon Luxe only purchases the highest rated Nile Crocodile skins that are farm-raised in our pursuit of conserving “the wild”. Their skins are supplied by prestigious leather tanneries located in Singapore, South Africa and Italy.

In fact, the crocodile skins used by Swoon Luxe are imported from a leather & tannery that also provides the skins to the most prestigious and exclusive fashion house in the world.

Collect Best Artworks From Indian Artists

Lakhan Jat:

Born in 1986 Lakhan Singh Jat an upcoming talented artist from Rajasthan, India. He Received his B.F.A and M.F.A Degree from Rajasthan School of Arts. He would love to paint his village and childhood memories on the canvas with the vibrant color strokes. He has received State Award from Lalit Kala Akademi, Jaipur. Lakhan Singh held many solo shows across the country including at Hotel ITC Rajputana Sheraton Jaipur and Kalaneri Art Gallery. Also he received many prestigious awards in his artistic carrier. He lives and works in Rajasthan.

Sujith Kumar G.S. Mandya:

Riding along the streets of Mysore, as an art student at Shree Kala Niketana School of Art, what haunted the imagination of Sujith Kumar was not the magnificent palace or the people moving without any hurry along the crowded streets of the laid-back city. Sure, he would sketch monuments and human faces to his heart’s content but rather than the beauty and solitude of humans it was the cycles and auto rickshaws that provoked Sujith’s imagination, thus kindling his creative power. “Cycle is a dream and a carrier of life for the rustic Indian middle class. Every time I look at the same cycle it appears to be a new one to me; in a way it is the cycle of life…” he says. “I can’t see any humanity in city life, there is no peace…. It’s all rat race, but in villages you see the real humanity living in peace…” In a way Sujith talks about going back to nature with his tiny images of cycles. Sujith Kumar’s “Traffic City” is a clever composition depicting in an abstract way the chaos of traffic in the city. The black lines are strong and cross hatched throughout the composition creating an abstract illusion of rush and mayhem. The use of a deep red adds to the title of the composition, though visually we cannot see the other elements, there seems to be a general feeling of unrest. All his compositions focus on one main theme and color and his excellent linear quality depicts the theme. “As a student in Mysore it was a routine for me to draw people, places and objects to my heart’s content,” says this young artist. “My concern had always been to create an object with minimum strokes.” Sujith’s cycle is riding back to nature. From the crowded city scapes to the lush green landscapes of serenity. It is a ride back to the never-ending green..

R.D. ROy:

R.D. Roy born in Kolkata, west bengal in 1979. He taught art from his father and other eminent artists of Calcutta. He love to paint the moments in the city streets of Kolkata, ancient temples and monuments through the strong brush strokes on his canvas. Strong realism is shown in every scene, the details clear and remarkable, and the colours unusually bright and strong for a work of watercolours. Also he like to paint figurative painting using viabrant color with the various medium. He lives and works in Bangalore.

Solo Exhibitions:

  • Taj Bengal Hotel, Kolkata in September 2013
  • Artville Art Gallery, Bangalore from 12th to 19th January 2012.
  • K.C.Das Gallery,Bangalore November 2010,October 2011.
  • Chitrakala parishat, Bangalore, August 2010
  • Ethos Art Gallery, Bangalore, September 2009
  • Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore from 18th-22nd August 2008
  • Goodtime Reading and Art shop, Kolkata in April 2003.
  • Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata in December 2001.
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