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Press

Martha Stewart Weddings

Summer, 2013

"Nautical by Nature, Stripped Accessories"


Pony Anarchy

March/April 2012


N.E.E.T.

June 2012

Meg Floret in "Pattern" spread

Minnesota Bride

Spring/Summer 2012

"One-hand wonders - ila Handbags feature colors and prints that pop"

"Although designer Paula Bjerketvedt has a background in clothing design, it was a friend's wedding that inspired her to launch ila Handbags last summer. She couldn't make the trek to Paris to watch her friend tie the knot in person, so instead she designed her a clutch. Once her friend laid eyes on it, she immediately wanted more of them for her bridal party. The rest, as they say, is history. Bjerketvedt draws inspiration from the past and has a fondness for vintage prints, resulting in some stunning looks—but that means many handbags are limited edition, so if one catches your eye, be sure to snatch it up right away. Bjerketvedt also does some custom handbags (including an order from a recent bride that incorporated the bride's grandmother's sari) but most of ila is
ready-to-carry."

Mpls/St. Paul Weddings

Fall/Winter 2011

"Happy Go Lucky" article

America's Next Top Model's Raina Hein with ila's Emerald Frenchie.

100 Layer Cake

March 22, 2011

"Aren't these clutches from Ila the most cutest? Our friend Jenna sent them over this morning and we couldn't wait to share. They'd make awesome bridesmaid pressies or a perfect accent to your wedding (or honeymoon?) wardrobe. And they even make custom bags to match your wedding theme or family heirlooms!"


Mpls/St. Paul Weddings

Aisle File, July 2013

"Welcome to your Handbag Heaven"

100 Layer Cake

February 5th, 2013

"We are in MAJOR in love with the new bridal & evening clutch lines from ila handbags! Not only are the photos in their lookbook stunning, but the sparkle, their new spring/summer floral patterns, and bright colors are stinkin’ adorable. We want one of each."


100 Layer Cake

February 23rd, 2012

"ila Handbags 2012 Spring/Summer Collection"

"Remember when we showed you ila handbags last year? Well their Spring/Summer 2012 Collection is here, and it’s gorgeous, of course! Love all the vintage colors and tones, and the cute ruffled bridal bags."

New England GALA Weddings

2012

"Unveiled" article

"Give new life to the fabric from your mother's wedding gown or a piece of heirloom family jewelry by enlisting ila Handbags to create a one-of-a-kind, custom wedding clutch. From the ruffles and floral fabrics to the silk shantung lining and kiss lock closures, these sleek handbags are crafted from both new and vintage fabrics. It's function and style for the truly romantic."

Snippet & Ink

December 21, 2011

2011 Favorite Accessories

Originally posted in Board #533: Strawberries and Gingham, by Ila Handbags

WellWed Hamptons

Fall/Winter 2011

"In the Loop"

Twin Cities Metro

August 2011

"Survival Kit"

"Because this envelope style clutch was inspired by the designer's grandmother's personal collection, and this kind of granny chic will never be out
of style."


Martha Stewart Weddings

Special Real Weddings Issue, 2013

"Amanda Halbrook Wedding"

Pony Anarchy

2012 Yearbook

"Designer Feature"

"Paula and Brian are the owners of Minnesota label, ila Handbags. With a passion for art history, design and fashion, Paula hand makes each bag in the couple's home studio while Brian deals with marketing and creative direction."

Mpls/St. Paul Weddings

Fall/Winter 2012

"Local Bags We Can't Live Without"

Martha Stewart Weddings

Fall 2011

"Good Things" feature

"Talk about a triple threat—these purses are handmade, good-looking and completely customizable."

Mpls/St. Paul Weddings

Spring/Summer 2011

"Something Blue" article

The Eclectic Life

March 29, 2011

"I am utterly in love with these clutches by Ila Handbags. What's even more neat about Ila Handbags is that they take custom orders that you can customize to match your wedding colors or even add a brooch or embellishment. Brides may easily consider this as a viable option as a wedding gift to their bridal party. How awesome would it be to receive a bridesmaid's gift like this?
Yeah, triple awesome."

Weddings by Ritz Carlton

2011

"Color Magic" article