Hi, Lades!! So, I was sitting on my couch scrolling through my Instagram feed, when my eyes locked on this beautiful RAW handbag, on @nakitende_ester page (Instagram name). I literally said out loud, “This bag is dope”. I was drawn to the bold face, big hair, and earrings on the bag and immediately was able to identify myself in this image. Of course, I clicked on the tag and was acquainted with the RAW handbags site. I was thrilled to find out this was a black-owned company, as you guys know, I love to support them and small owned businesses. So when I find an awesome find I am willing to share with you guys!! And I did!!!!
h&m black sweater(old): similar
ASOS OTK boots: similar
Charnae Stanley who is the founder and creative designer of RAW handbags centers her brand on this quote, “Wear fearlessly, spread womanhood and Inspire”. Such a great message. RAW stands for Recognize A Woman. When you click on her site, you are greeted with a variety of bright colors, beautiful textures, and bold prints and designs. Each one is hand crafted and hand painted. When you explore the site, each bag is either named by an influential woman or powerful adjective and a brief description is included with each bag.
I chose to rock the “Foxy”, which is inspired by the actress Pam Grier and the political activist Angela Davis. The bag embodies power, strength, and perseverance, which explemplifies the two women who this bag represents. Those words ring true with this clutch. It screams black power and black pride, which is exactly how I felt when I wore it.
“Foxy” is a large clutch. You can easily fit an I-PAD in this and then some!! Two cards were included in the bag including Charnae’s business card and another one that included a description of where the bag was made. Charnae describes all her handbags were created in a smoke-free and pet-free environment and handmade.
Quality: The craftsmanship of the bag is very well made and sturdy.
Price: The price point for this particular bag was $55 without tax, which I think is reasonable considering it was handmade, handpainted, and the size.
Delivery: Her store is in New York and I live in Houston and the delivery time was very quick. It came within a week.
Details: The inside of the bag is a beautiful African inspired print, which is a nice surprise and makes the clutch more unique!! The bag has two distinct designs on the front and back of the “Foxy”. On the front, there’s a face of a woman and on the back is a color block of green and red. It’s almost like having two bags in one!! Depending on your mood, you could allow one side to show!! The best part is the variety of bags and clutches she has on the site!! Coin purses, totes, wristlets(which she has in the “Foxy”) and other different designs.
I could not wait to showcase this bag and it was a nice addition to my ensemble to a party I attended a couple of weeks ago. I got a lot of compliments and it is definitely a conversation piece. It is necessary to have quirky or eclectic pieces dotted throughout your wardrobe because it allows your personality and self-expression to shine through the outfit. It is what sets you apart from everybody else. That is how I feel about this clutch!!
I kept my outfit all black to give full attention to this beautiful clutch. I got this cowl neck sweater from h&m (another favorite store) and because of how large and long it is, I wore it as a dress and wore black tights and my recent purchase these black OTK boots.
Photography: Floyd Mayne
Guys definitely check out her Instagram and website!! You will not be disappointed, you may actually have a hard time leaving!! I seriously wanted so many items, but my bank account was not having it!! Let me know in the comments below what interesting bag or piece of clothing that you love that exemplifies you. Hope you enjoyed.