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RIDING THE MOMENT: Caroline Manzo of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” is capitalizing on her time in the spotlight, with plans to release a line of handbags for fall. “I never thought in a million years I’d be doing something like this,” said Manzo, who actually isn’t a housewife but works with husband Albert Manzo at the family-owned catering and event hall The Brownstone and sits on the board of her sister Dina’s Project Ladybug charity.
The debut collection — a joint venture with Kristino handbags, the owner of the license for Manzo’s collection — comprises about 18 styles, from wristlets to hobos and overnight bags, which range in price from $45 to $450. Styles will come in neutral beiges and browns and more vivid purples and leopard prints, according to Manzo, who said she’s incorporating chunky hardware and details such as tassels and fringes. There also are two lines of dog accessories, one of which is cruelty-free with a percentage of the proceeds going to the Best Friends Animal Society.