Nina Griscom Debuts Handbag Line with GiGi
Nina Griscom, GiGi New York
Well-know Manhattan socialite, tastemaker and television personality Nina Griscom is adding handbag designer to her resume. Her first collection is in collaboration with GiGi New York, the luxury division of Graphic Image.
"I have been a customer of Graphic Image and GiGi New York," said Griscom. "I ran into their booth at The Hampton Classic a few years ago, and loved their things. I bought a bag or two to bring on safari to Africa, and some iPad cases."
She was so in love with the quality of the products and the fact that they were made in America, that she approached them to start her own line.
"I always had a hankering to do some bags, I love bags," said Griscom. "We have been working for the last year on developing this, and finally we have product to sell now."
For her part, "I like things that have great craftsmanship, and beautiful leather and materials. Today, I prefer to see the wonderful old crocodile envelope bag that I bought in Milan when I was 25 with my modeling money, and it holds up and has a great shape, and still looks modern."
The bags launched exclusively at the GiGi New York boutique on Jobs Lane in Southampton, N.Y. as well as at giginewyork.com and retail from $750 to $1,800. They will also be sold at GiGi New York's booth at The Hampton Classic horse show, which takes place Aug. 25 to Sept. 1.
"It's a very small collection to start," Griscom noted. "We are starting out gently to see the audience reaction."