If you don't already know the name Laura Nelli, chances are you will soon. This local designer's work is part of Anthropologie's BHLDN bridal line, and her Nelle Handbags are featured in Mpls.St.Paul Weddings, Brides Magazine, and Glamour. We've got a feeling this Twin Cities gal is about to hit the big time with her collections of clutches, belts, and handbags.
Our Weddings team popped over to L'atelier Couture in St. Paul yesterday to see Laura's latest at the Nelle Handbag Trunk Show, which runs through this Saturday. The local boutique enjoys a lasting relationship with Nelle Handbags, and the shop hosts accessories trunk shows several times each year. "Laura's doing very well," says owner Amanda Kautt. "We're happy to have her here at the store."
We browsed this season's newest clutches, including the Just Bowtiful clutch and Just Bowtiful Flora clutch, made with linen, petersham ribbon, and silk flowers. Also on display were her classic silk charmeuse styles, a sleek option for bridesmaids or formal events. To add a pop of color and a hint of unexpected texture to a gown or bridesmaid dress, consider the Flora Sash or Just Bowtiful Belt. All clutches and belts are customizable through L'atelier Couture for the duration of the show, and all Nelle products are 10 percent off this Saturday only.
Amanda suggests using a Nelle clutch as a thank-you gift for the women in your bridal party. "We prefer to use this as a bridesmaid gift over jewelry," Amanda says. "The quality is so much nicer, and you're going to use it so much." Check out our accessory eye candy below, and make your appointment at L'atelier today for customized items—or shop online at nellehandbags.com.
L'atelier Couture Bridal, 493 Selby Ave., St. Paul, 651-602-9492, lateliercouturebridal.com.