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Exotic Bags

A Dallas Design Star Uses Everything From Pythons to Fish Skin to Make Her Purses Stand Out

BY India Pougher // 05.24.16

You can spot an Allison Mitchell bag from across the room. The Dallas design star’s oversized aesthetic realized in luxurious and exotic materials like python, crocodile, South African springbok hide and pirarucu fish skin, and her signature — a lining crafted from vintage Japanese textiles — is the DNA of her designs.

Mitchell, who recently won Fashion Group International of Dallas‘ Rising Star award, uses simple shapes and bold colors (evident in her original collection, which is available year-round) to create her selection of clutches and purses handmade in the U.S.

In keeping with her sartorial identity, Mitchell’s latest collection for Autumn/Winter 2016 is defined by flat, fold-over clutches, leather totes, oversized cross bodies and a fabulously giant pirarucu clutch, in perfect fall shades like mossy green fading into golden brown, metallic bronze, snowy white, black and even a bold electric blue.

Allison Mitchell, $675 to $2,875, at Stanley KorshakElements.

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