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Sherpani, the leader in lifestyle bags for active women, is breaking new ground again with a unique collection of artist-inspired bags made with natural, eco-friendly fabrics. In collaboration with New-York based artist Cathy Nichols, the Elements collection features vibrant artwork reflecting natural elements on a series of hand and sport bags crafted in natural cotton canvas, trimmed with animal-friendly vegan leather, and accented with snap and buckle closures made of recycled aluminum.
New for fall 2011, the exclusive Elements collection is composed of nine different bag styles featuring: handbags, totes, messenger bags and cross body bags. Each style showcases one of four of Nichols’ paintings; Just Beginning, Blue Skies, Two Song, or Falling Tree, in striking color and inspiring natural imagery.
Nichols’s work is also featured on Etsy, the well-known artist community and website, where her paintings have been recognized as â€œBest Nature Artâ€.
The exclusive artwork is created with a technique known as encaustic painting, in which heated beeswax containing colored pigments is applied to a wood surface. Over three years of research and development, Sherpani developed a process for transferring the art onto a particular fabric that can hold the full array of colors.
â€œCathy’s inspiring paintings are a perfect reflection of the Sherpani attitude: feminine, whimsical but with a grown up sophistication. We’ve paired them with a special selection of bags that are intended for a unique expression of style and everyday functionality,â€ said Maria Gaudette, Senior Designer for Sherpani.
â€œIt was such an honor to have my artwork featured alongside the bags of a company I truly admire,â€ said Nichols. â€œThe Elements collection reminds me of that same colorful, laid-back feeling of being in nature. I love the way Sherpani has incorporated the organizational compartments of their usual sport bags with these stylish, everyday bags, while incorporating neutral tones to work with every outfit.â€
Sherpani’s Year-Over-Year sales have jumped more than 25% on the launch of both the new Elements and the new Limited Edition Collections.
Sherpani’s Elements collection bags range from $59.95 to $99.95 and can be found at specialty retailers nationwide and at www.sherpani.com .
Sherpani is devoted to designing quality bags with unique feminine styles, fresh color palettes and exclusive prints; bags that are both pretty and functional, with a compelling quality and retail value. Sherpani’s vision is to create a socially responsible brand whose unique products, core values and company culture serve the emotional and style needs of active women. Our accessories invite women to express their individual fashion and to be part of community that shares the common values of an active lifestyle. For more information about the new collections, visit: www.sherpani.com