This past weekend, I got the opportunity to collaborate with a well known Beverly Hills designer, Farbod Barsum. It was such a different experience than what I am used to when collaborating with brands. To be actually working with a brand on Rodeo Drive?! Neat. One of my favorite parts of the day was learning about his craft, and what makes Farbod different from other designers.
To give you a little summary of what goes on behind the scenes to make these handbags… Farbod hand selects the materials for each product and hand casts and polishes the custom hardware one piece at a time. He pioneered the signature combination of the use of two or more different exotics on one bag. I chose this beauty to style with a chiffon romper that I purchased a bit ago. I could have worn heels to up the chic-ness of the outfit even more, but I wanted to keep the look my style- as laid back bohemian chic as possible.
I really liked the concept behind Farbod’s brand, how the “wearable art concept of Barsum bags transforms exceptionally rare materials and adapts them for use in every day life.” I fully believe that fashion is an art form and a form of expression. The way you portray yourself to others is a reflection of how you feel on the inside and how you wish to express yourself. Farbod does a fabulous job of creating designs for every type of personality, whether that be structured, classic, a little more experimental or a mix of the two (like me). There is some serious eye candy on his website. Be sure to check it out 🙂
Photos: Jack Van Leeuwen
*Disclosure: I love supporting all types of designers, no matter how experienced or well known they are. A huge thanks to Farbod Barsum in collaboration for this post.