Vintage Reign

 

Miami locals Cory Papunen and Stacy Studnik create a colorful and deliciously soft handbag line called Vintage Reign.

Cory Papunen and Stacy Studnik
Cory and Stacy Studnik
 

Maria Tettamanti

Manicures, pedicures, shoes with unpronounceable designer names, chocolate, Bravo television shows — a woman simply cannot get enough of them.

The same goes for handbags.

Miami-based label Vintage Reign's clutches, satchels, hobos and messengers (priced $80 and up) are making a splash in South Florida and Nordstrom stores nationwide. We chatted up Miami local and Vintage Reign Co-Designer Cory Papunen on the impeccably curated tote line, which turns two this September.

Why the name, Vintage Reign? We feel that our bags have a vintage dynamic because we only create 50 to 100 of each style. Our designs are also timeless and classis, just like a vintage piece.

Your cousin, Stacy Studnik, is your business partner — describe that dynamic. We are first cousins and we both carry a unique vision to our business.  

How do you best describe your collection? We're focused on creating handbags that are accessible, significant and ageless.

What are some factors you take into mind when designing a handbag? Our first inspirations and motivations come from texture and color. We love fabulously soft and yummy materials. When we wear our bags, we want them to feel good. 

We love that you pay as much details to the inside of the bag as you do to the exterior. It's what's inside that counts, right? Agreed. Everything in life is just as beautiful on the outside as the inside.

What inspires you two? We draw most of our inspiration from what’s going on around us, what is affecting the world at the time, and of course study the demand of what a woman is looking for in the “perfect” bag.

Miami is brimming with new fashion talent — now more than ever — why do you think so? I think Miami is finally hitting the fashion mark at an all-time high. We have brought fashion and art to one the greatest cities!   

CORY'S MUSTS:

Style icon: Blake Lively

Closet staple: Vintage Missoni top

Spend the big buck on: Shoes

Travel spot: Europe

Favorite scent: Jo Malone

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