Sunday 11 July 2021
Two of Rhode Island’s biggest design stars have teamed up for a handbag collaboration – and now you can shop for their designs online.
Jewelry designer Nicole Romano and handbag designer Kent Stetson have launched the ‘Kent Stetson x Nicole Romano’ collection, which features a metallic ‘feather’ shoulder strap pouch, jeweled chain bracelet pouches and a emerald crust tote – and more.
Romano, who grew up in Rhode Island, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BA in Clothing Design, before “moving forward by launching his own multidimensional brand with the encouragement and mentorship of Nicole Miller and by legendary Sex & the City stylist, Patricia Domaine. “
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RI-based Stetson said in 2003, after the disappointment of dismantling an exhibition of his paintings where nothing was selling, “I started cutting the pieces of canvas and sewing them into bags. They sold immediately.
“I employ a team of highly skilled craftsmen who work alongside me to produce each piece,” Stetson said. “Our Rhode Island workshop has a high bar for excellence, winning many awards.”
About the collection
“It has been a real pleasure working with designer Kent Stetson on this limited edition collection, we are proud and excited! He’s a real talent with a solid clientele who love statements and a unique taste, ”said Romano.
“Our Rhode Island manufacturing roots reside in a place where we both share a great history by working with artisans whose skills stretch back generations,” she added. “The uniquely designed embellishments embody our signature aesthetic and represent a natural marriage of two creative minds. “