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Stylin': NC State alumna launches her own handbag line

CorrespondentDecember 25, 2013 

Raleigh-based designer Kirsten Schambra Stevens’ collection of screen-printed canvas handbags, Clique Publique, was born of the desire to create a bag that will stand out in a woman’s wardrobe.

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After designing everything from handbags to spikes for Olympic athletes, for such big names as Karl Lagerfeld and Nike, N.C. State alumna Kirsten Schambra Stevens is taking on one of her biggest projects to date – her own line.

The Raleigh-based designer’s collection of screen-printed canvas handbags, Clique Publique, was born of the desire to create a bag that will stand out in a woman’s wardrobe.

“One statement piece can give a basic outfit a real boost,” she says. “I wanted to create a line of bags to give others the excitement I have when I find that special piece.”

Stevens returned to the Triangle after living and working in Amsterdam for nearly a decade. Upon her return to North Carolina, she observed the quiet resurgence of the state’s textile industry through the patronage of homegrown designers dedicated to using locally sourced fabrics.

“Coming home to North Carolina and being able to source and make our bags in this state has been something I am so proud of,” she says. “We want to help strengthen our U.S. economy, and with North Carolina having a great history in the textile industry, it’s amazing to be a part of it.”

The canvas and bags feature colorful geometric screen-printed patterns painted by Stevens.

“The design process for these bags started with a jar of India ink, a paintbrush and watercolor paper,” she says. “I began doodling and repeating basic shapes and lines until I had a collection of workable prints.”

The bags are available for pre-order at cliquepublique.com. Shoppers also can preview the bags at the Raleigh Denim Curatory in downtown Raleigh.

End of Year Celebration

Peachy Keen boutique celebrates the end of the year with a three-day party Thursday through Saturday. During the event, shoppers can enjoy mimosas and nibbles, plus discounts and a preview of spring looks. Peachy Keen is at 250 Grande Heights Drive, Cary; 919-678-0092.

Trunk show

Brides-to-be can check out some of the latest looks from Rosa Clará during a trunk show at Traditions by Anna in Raleigh on Friday and Saturday. The show includes dresses from Rosa Clará lines The Soft Collection and The Two. To make an appointment, call 919-783-8652.

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