Earlier this August, Santiago Gonzalez made his annual visit to Neiman Marcus Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Calif. to present the latest classic handbag styles by his designer mother, Nancy Gonzalez. Gonzalez is half of the force behind the colorful luxury handbag line named after his mother. While Nancy fuels the creative direction and designs the coveted bags and clutches, Santiago serves as president and handles just about every possible role that is thrown his way, including art director, marketing director, merchandiser, strategic planner and even designer to his own eponymous men’s accessories line.
At the personal meet-and-greet, Gonzalez lunched with special friends and fans of the handcrafted Columbian handbag line, and presented the latest one-of-kind pieces curated from 45,000 options specifically for Neiman Marcus. The new assortment includes timeless ruched totes, structured chain-tassel dome satchels, executive zip-top totes, messenger bags and bowler bags, all in vibrant colors of crocodile and python skin.
“I love primary colors. I love this degrade; it’s almost like a peacock color. I love green. I love Yves Klein blue. I love metalized metallic colors. We have this amazing gold; it’s like a mirrored gold that I think is wonderful,” Gonzalez noted of his favorites colors of the season.
Santiago Gonzalez and LadyLUX Founder and CEO, Elizabeth Wahler
Though Nancy Gonzalez is known for the signature exotic skins and bright colors, the brand is always growing and evolving. This season, new shapes and styles have entered the lineup, including boxy miniaudieres for a hand-held option and wallets on chains that easily transition an outfit into cocktail hour.
“It’s all about an effortless look. I’m a huge fan of oversized clutches. I’m a huge fan of oversized totes, but that is my personal choice. And I love mini bags; they are a great substitute for a clutch,” he said.
With over 84 styles available at Neiman Marcus, there is something for everyone, which aligns with Gonzalez’s philosophy: “Everyone should always have a new clutch or a new bag that will make them happy.”