Who: Lina Hamed
Backstory: Lina Hamed got into accessories design because of a perfectionist streak, though a four-year stint as a buyer at the London branch of Hermès certainly stoked her passion for luxury. “I always found a fault in every bag I owned,” recalls Hamed of the pieces she bought before her Hermès stint. Years of whipping up specialty items for Hermès clients — a crocodile saddle, for instance — also proved to be good training.
Collection: Hamed works alligator, stingray and python into her totes and satchels, all finished with rose gold hardware. The lining? Pink lambskin.
Stats: Wholesale prices range from $1,180 for a python-and-woven metal clutch to $4,585 for a big crocodile shopping bag. The line is carried by Harrod’s in London, Zai in Qatar and J Boutique in Bahrain, among others.
— Sarah Haight