Elizabeth Elfen Designs brings a little Kentucky charm to the Big Apple. Transylvania alumna Elizabeth Elfen Johnston's eponymous handbag line is as glamorous and charming as its namesake. Elizabeth currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with her well-dressed foot and ankle surgeon husband, whom she's nicknamed Dr. Hotpants!
Tell us a little about yourself.
|At Woodford Reserve|
To build upon my love of handbags, I went to work at an exclusive contemporary handbag manufacturer and immersed myself in all things pertaining to handbags! After a yearlong stint in the factory, I set out to make my own feminine contemporary clutches that add a touch of approachable glamour to one’s everyday life and night!
How did your company come about?
During my time at the factory, I noticed a void within the contempory handbag world. Everything just seemed so masculine, functional and lacked glamour. Because of this, I formed my company, Elizabeth Elfen, in 2011 to add a more feminine and glamorous touch to today’s contemporary handbags. I am inspired by old Hollywood glamour and a love of practicality and I strive to make clutches that go from brunch with the girls to après dinner drinks later that evening, all with the quick adjustment of your strap.
Bourbon or Beer?
|With an actual pair of Dorothy's Ruby Slippers!|
Coffee or Tea?
Is champagne an acceptable answer? [ed. note: Always! -- HCW]
Favorite spots in Lexington?
Cheapside Bar and Grill, Keeneland, Gratz Park Inn and Ramsey’s
Favorite things to do in NY?
Turning non-Kentuckians on to the culinary masterpiece that is the Kentucky Hot Brown. Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain has a great one.
Favorite Fashion Advice?
Fit is everything for everyone. When my husband and I started dating, he was wearing things that weren’t right for him, i.e., unfitted jeans, cargo shorts, ill-fitting hooded sweatshirts…. I could go on and on. I knew that he was a keeper, so I put in the time to outfit him in things that fit him properly. We put him in some better fitting jeans and got him some shorts that showcased his rocking calves and now he receives compliment after compliment!
Elizabeth has graciously offered one HerKentucky reader a custom handbag! Working from her classic 10" by 5" and 1.25" shape, she'll collaborate with you to design the perfect bag for you. It'll even be named for you! Just enter the Rafflecopter drawing before midnight on Christmas Eve!
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