With the perfect blend of portability, storage, and style, the black leather clutch from Haist’s new collection is sure to grace the gala circuit this fall.
There’s no doubt it: Anne Gill is a handbag girl. “I would always style my outfits around the bag I wanted to carry,” she says, a habit she formed as a child growing up in the UK. She’s even more of a handbag girl now as the founder and designer of Haist Designs, which debuts a collection of structured, high-end clutches and satchels this fall. “A handbag tells a story about the person who carries it,” says Gill, 42. Her own story includes falling in love with fashion on the streets of London. “I was obsessed with London street style, and how people used fashion as their truest expression,” she says.
Hockey rinks would later have her traveling all over the States—she’s married to former NHL player Hal Gill, a Boston native— and eventually settling in the Boston area. When it came time to create her own collection, Gill looked to her own life for inspiration. As a woman-on-the-go, she focused on simple lines, practical functionality, and an urban-chic aesthetic. That she’d use super high quality leather—natural grained US leather, sourced in New York—she considered a given. Gill’s clutches are just spacious enough for a wallet and phone, perfect for an easy-to-carry companion for nighttime revelry, while roomier totes are on-point for daytime business. From day to night to the hockey rink—and beyond!