Meet Be Inthavong in San Francisco

Readers of San Francisco Luxury Living have the opportunity to meet designer Be Inthavong during his rare visit to San Francisco.

The New York-based handbag designer will be arriving from Paris to showcase his Resort 2012 collection at Elizabeth Charles in Pacific Heights (2056 Fillmore Street) on Thursday, September 1, 2011 from noon to 3:00.

WHAT: Meet Be Inthavong
WHEN: Thursday, September 1, 2011
TIME: Noon to 3:00 PM
WHERE: Elizabeth Charles
ADDRESS: 2056 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
RSVP: rsvp@allisonspeerpr.com or 415.646.0828

While the era of the “It Bag” may have waned in fashion, the desire for gorgeous quality handbags will never go away, and Be Inthavong has quickly become the go-to label for them. No wonder he has drawn fans among some of San Francisco’s most elegant women, like Katie Schwab Paige, Kathryn Lasater and Andrea Schnitzer.

What sets Inthavong apart from everyone else is that he has married the ancient craft of his Laos heritage with a clean, modernist design aesthetic. He created a patented technique of hand-looming very thin strips of leather into silk which is so labor intensive it is said to take a full day just to weave an an inch of his leather-silk hybrid.

Prices are not terribly inaccessible, considering the quality and beauty of the bags ( a medium-sized satchel we recently saw was priced at $1,695).