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“The inspiration for Christopher Augmon Handbag Designs comes from the influences that culture has played in my life. Having been exposed to many different customs and ethnicities, I’ve come to appreciate, embrace, respect, and value the richness of a variety of cultures,” said Christopher Augmon, founder, CEO and creative director of Christopher Augmon Handbag Designs.
“Along with these cultural influences is my passion as a designer. Combined, they are the source of my ideas and my ability to create exciting, new looks in handbags that fulfill consumers’ needs for uniqueness, style, individuality, function, and timeless fashion designs.”
Christopher Augmon has also modeled with various companies. These include Bloomingdales, Ralph Lauren, The Jones Store Company, Sears, and Hallmark Cards. Because of these experiences, Christopher Augmon is familiar with the fashion industry and trends. Most importantly is his understanding of the consumers’ desire for “classically unique” distinctive looks, especially when it comes to handbags.
“I started passionately designing leather apparel 3 years ago. I decided to focus on high-end designer handbags for women and men 18 months ago. I took costing classes at the Apparel Industry Board Inc., but basically (with a lot of hard work) learned handbag designing “organically” by taking several trips to New York City, submerging myself with New York handbag contractors and seeing women and men, especially in the Midwest, wanting great quality, unique, fashionable handbags that could be worn in all seasons and for multiple occasions. I also networked, researched and learned handbag leather, textile and hardware applications from Los Angeles, New York, China and Italy regarding the handbag design industry. I got a lot of help from consultants, mentors and illustrators at the Illinois Institute of Art.”
Christopher launched his first collection of elegantly high-end designed handbags featuring European, Asian,
African and Indian influences Fall 2008. Every handbag in his collection has a name and comes with background
on what inspired the design of each handbag, like “Liza” handbag, dedicated to his wife. Christopher Augmon
Designs are available at specialty boutiques in New York, Chicago, and on the web at augmon.com.
Christopher plays an active role in the Chicago community; namely with At Risk Children programs, which includes serving as a volunteer Executive Board Member on Chicago Youth Programs, and actively participates in mentoring and tutoring teenage boys and girls.
Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
He currently resides in Chicago with his wife; he is originally from Kansas City.