On Our Radar: Dea Rosa Bags
“We’ve all been carrying bags with so much hardware for so long. It’s heavy before you put anything in it,” Andria Mitsakos said by phone last week. The first-time handbag designer was floating down the Mekong River on a house boat, hard at work at her full-time job as a luxury travel publicist. Mitsakos’ side gig is called Dea Rosa, a collection of sublimely simple bags all in softly hued exotic skins, which retail for a comparatively friendly $495 to $2,000.
True to her travel roots, Mitsakos named every bag after places in Italy, where she spent weeks producing the debut Spring collection. And her lookbook shows each piece photographed in its namesake location. The Pasitea oversized clutch was shot on a wall overlooking the coast in Positano, and the Quisisana was snapped at the Hotel Quisisana in Capri while Mitsakos and her photographer were having a pre-dinner cocktail. And so it goes through Venice, Umbria, and Milan. These bags certainly come with an attendant air of La Dolce Vita, but their matte, powdery finishes give them a quiet luxury. Perhaps the best example of Mitsakos’ design ethos is an oversized python envelope called the Sirena (pictured), with nary an excess doo or dad, that she carries everywhere from business meetings to cocktails. And, aside from a rectangular satchel and a cutout-handle shopper tote, most fit into that grab-and-go category of clutches and wristlets.
Best of all, no need to hightail it to exotic locales to get them. For Spring, Dea Rosa will be available in about ten stores, including Debut in New York, and in Miami at the hotel boutiques at the Raleigh and the Gansevoort.