style file, league of extraordinary handbags

Designer update
League Of Extraordinary Handbags

Photo: Courtesy of The Gentlemen’s League

At last night’s party for less-than-a-year-old bespoke label The Gentlemen’s League at Noho boutique Début, fans old and new came through to check out the über-personalized canvas bags hand-decorated by portraitist and graphic designer Adam Razak. An old fan was spotted with a heavily embellished carryall covered in fauna (which, at $10,000, Razak later told us, was the line’s priciest creation to date), while new fans contemplated what they would choose for their own bags—medieval weaponry, a portrait of a loved one (popular among the League’s L.A. clientele), or, perhaps, just a simple monogram? Razak and partner Seth Stevens work out of a studio in Chelsea, and the beauty of their bags is that they can be whatever the wearer wants them to be. Starting at $2,500, prices are calculated by hours worked, and bags are delivered, after a series of one-on-one meetings with the designers, in two weeks to a month. Zaldy and Celerie Kemble both have Gentlemen’s totes—which says something about the line’s reach—and last night’s party generated plenty of buzz. For now the designs are rendered in shades of black, indelible ink (the bags are sprayed with a protective layer to ensure nothing budges), but Razak hasn’t ruled out the possibility of color in the future. “We have to give them something to look forward to,” the new businessman said sagely.
—Alison Baenen