By Megan Willett
Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue—certain wedding traditions have become cultural staples. Others, such as handing down wedding dresses from generation to generation, have gained a modern twist. Taking fabric or elements from a family member's old wedding dress and incorporating it into one's own has become a popular way for brides to pay homage to their relatives while still being able to choose their own dress. Not all women, however, want to cut up their gown to add their mother's lace or grandmother's veil, no matter how precious these mementos may be.
For those looking for a different way to honor this tradition that doesn't involve gown alterations, look no further than ila Handbags. This wife and husband team custom-creates the perfect wedding clutch by working with you to decide how to integrate the fabric into a design that fits your style, personality, and vision. With a variety of silhouettes to choose from, Paula Bjerketvedt can turn a family heirloom into a functional, stylish piece for your wedding day, or everyday. And for those women struggling to find accessories for their bridesmaids or themselves to match with their wedding colors, fret not. Simply send a color or fabric swatch to ila Handbags to have Paula design the clutch to match your theme. But that's not all. In addition to creating custom purses, ila Handbags designs seasonal lines of clutches that are unique for evening wear or as bridal party gifts. The modern bags are sleek with a vintage-twist. Drawn to classic prints and bold colors, Paula keenly seeks inspiration for her handmade clutches everywhere, from popular shops to international markets. The result is a stylish, timeless and high-quality accessory you'll turn to time and again.
Find ila Handbags in Minnesota at Flutter Boutique and Posh Bridal. You can also see more of the 2012 Spring/Summer collection, request a custom handbag and shop their impressive selection at ilahandbags.com.
(Picture at Left, from Top: Frenchie Sorbet - Bluerberry, $95; Meg - Antoinette, $95)