Earlier this week, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stopped by the Edes House in Chicester for their first official visit to Sussex. Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, has become known for her style, selling out clothes within minutes of wearing them, and once again she did not disappoint. Wearing an emerald green blouse from & Other Stories and matching leather skirt by Hugo Boss, HRH looked as sophisticated as ever for the special occasion.
However, it’s her handbag everyone seems to be talking about. Designed by Gabriela Hearst, the tiny satin bag shaped like a fortune cookie tops the style scene’s most-wanted list, now cemented in place by the “Meghan Markle effect.” Every It girl aspires to have one in her closet, but the Gabriela Hearst bag, priced at $1,995, has long belonged to an exclusive club of celebrities, fashion elite, and close friends of Hearst herself.
Hearst, a Uruguay native who is now based in New York City, is known for her minimalist aesthetic, using only the best quality fabrics. Her knowledge of the materials she works with and precise eye lead to pieces with timeless appeal – think cotton blouses, simple sweaters, and tailored suits. So, as no surprise, when she launched the Nina Bag in 2016, it quickly accumulated a cult-following and 100 names-long waiting list.
“I did a limited edition of 20 bags; I didn’t do it for commerce, I just wanted to launch it. And I gave them to friends of mine and to women I work with,” she told Vogue of her label’s first-ever handbag. “We had retail stores asking for it, and I said, ‘No, we’re going to keep it. And we’re not going to sell them online, either.” In fact, to get your hands on one, you had to email the brand with your request.
Now, Hearst has expanded her handbag collection to consist of 16 unique styles, including the Demi bag (a smaller version of the Nina bag) carried by Markle. If you want one for yourself, you can submit a request through her website, or for a limited time, shop the collection on Net-a-Porter.