I’ve never heard of someone so aptly named as handbag designer Joy Gryson. The former designer at Marc Jacobs — now have I got your attention — creates well-crafted, versatile leather handbags known to generate long-term joy in the owner. Not to mention they are just so pretty to look at.
Two years ago, I bought a new Olivia in a gorgeous blush tone with silver hardware on eBay at half-price and just last fall I snagged a black leather Baladyne with silver details for a third of the price — a last chance deal from Indianapolis luxury boutique Frankey’s infamous sale room.
This very Baladyne sparked a subway conversation the other day when a stranger approached me on the F to ask if it was indeed the sold-out Gryson. To which I of course responded that it was, while shocked and excited by the instant camaraderie of the Gryson group. However, my fellow junkie informed me that the handbag house is no more.
I can’t believe it. I don’t believe it because it is not true. After a little Googling of my own, I found that the designer has created a new line called Olivia Harris, inspired by her daughter. Check it out on ShopBop.