This past week I attended the chic cocktail party to celebrate the LMxCatt collaboration of E! News/Daily Pop host Catt Sadler and talented handbag designer Lulu Eschelman. Held at LaPiazza Ristorante at The Grove, they launched their limited edition, custom one of a kind handbag, the Jacki Bag, designed in memory of Jackline Korinko, a victim of genital mutilation.
Jacki sadly passed away at the young age of just 17. Catt says, “This collaboration was a dream come true. We succeeded in creating a chic, beautiful, and wearable bag in the spirit of changing young girls’ lives. I’m so happy!”
The charitable Jacki Bag was designed with an assist of the girls from the Olmailaika Home in Kenya, who added gorgeous authentic Kenyan beading to the custom designed purses.
I discovered LumillaMingus earlier this year and fell in love with my first few bags. There was this super luxurious but very wearable feel to them. I was an instant fan. Then I learned of Lulu’s collaboration with Goop and Gwyneth Paltrow and was super impressed. I knew I had to work with her.
With a similar aesthetic and taste, Lulu suggested a collaboration and I knew right away it was a fit! When she suggested the charity component, I couldn’t refuse.
Half of each bag sold was earmarked to support the Women Like Us Foundation to build a new and improved washroom, new utility sinks and new shower stalls in this poverty stricken part of the world.
The LMxCatt handbag retails for $575 and are available online at Lumilla Mingus.
Other guests included E!’s Morgan Stewart, E!’s Daily Pop’s Justin Sylvester and Carissa Culiner, E!’s Jason Kennedy and his wife, fashion blogger Lauren Scruggs, E!’s Second Wives Club Shiva Safai, extra TV’s Renee Bragg, Danielle But, and designer Joe Sadler.
Kudos to Ms. Sadler and Ms. Eschelman on their commitment to helping these ladies have brighter tomorrows – this is really commendable. Great work Ladies!
It was a pleasure to meet Catt and Lulu, plus Catt’s mom who started the organization and Ginger Duran who is Catt’s “right hand woman”.
Written by Harrison Held
Photo credit: Danielle Determan