Who: Serra Turker
Backstory: After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in textile design, Serra Turker worked on the design staff at Tocca, where she was more drawn to accessories than clothes. A longtime painting hobby served as inspiration for the clutches and fringed bags she began sketching after her departure from the company: “Designing bags allowed me to work on a two-dimensional surface and then transform it into a three-dimensional piece,” Turker explains.
Collection: Istanbul-born Turker drew on her Turkish roots to craft a collection with a modern look (shoulder bags have multihued stripes) with hints of vintage (she found Twenties fringe for many of the spring clutches). Turker produces the entire line in Istanbul.
Stats: Wholesale prices range from $100 for a canvas bag to $500 for a handwoven bag with vintage trim. Retailers include Scoop in New York and Miami, Circle & Square in San Francisco, and D’NA Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.