Treesje Handbags: Why Celebrities Carry Them and Love Them

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Pictured: Tressje Handbag Client,  Actress Krysten Ritter poses with handbag designer Laura Darrah at Saks Fifth Avenue. (photo M. Hall)

This Saturday, Treesje handbags hosted a special event at Saks in Beverly Hills.  Always in search of a better handbag, at a good price, I decided to check it out.  What I didn’t realize is that Treesje is a celebrity favorite.  I was astonished by the collection of towncars, Bentleys and Rolls Royces in the Saks parking lot. Apparently, everyone loves a deal on a good handbag!  Saks shoppers received a new piece from Treeje’s Sweet Little Goodies collection of leather cosmetic cases as a gift with purchase of a Treesje bag.  Those little bags usually retail for $98.00, to get one for free was a good deal.

Pictured: Mena Suvari with the silver Jovi bag, (Photo Credit: StartTracks.)

I sighted actress Mena Suvari from the film, American Beauty, at the elevators near the Treesje display with her shopping bags.

Have you heard of Treesje? This small boutique line of handbags is designed by two Los Angeles designers, Laura Darrah and Shelia Nizzarian.  I was fortunate enough to interview Laura and learn how these two designers were able to launch their collection of bags and gain such an elite cliente. Laura tells me, “We meet as bridesmaids at a friend’s wedding. We named our handbag line, Treesje, after the friend.”  The line was launched in 2005, and one of the first to discover it was LA trendsetter Lauren Conrad.  She started carrying the bags before she was on the hit show The Hills.  She loved the uniqueness of the bags.  I asked Laura, what is it that makes them unique.  She replied, “I think its the blend of edgy funky touches plus classic influences.  Plus, we are two designers, so you really get two perspectives.” One of their top sellers, the Jovi bag was influenced by the classic style of one on my favorites, Chanel.

Pictured: One of Treesje’s Top Sellers is the Jovie bag. (Photo by M. Hall)

The Jovie bag is a cross body bag style, inspired by a 70s Chanel bag that had cross strap. The cross strap style makes it easy to carry across the body, with the weight falling on the hip. Other popular styles include the carryall bag with stud hardware,  their classic satchels in bright colors, the “Parker” hobo and the “Monroe” bowler bag (definitely lustworthy.) Clients include: Blake Lively, Gwen Stefani, Jessica Szohr, Scarlett Johansson, and Katherine Heigl.

Pictured: An assortment of the Treesje bags in bright colors and more traditional styles. (Photo: M. Hall)

I asked Laura what the hot trends are for Spring in handbags. She notes that bright colors are very hot. We’ll see more “acid yellow”, hot pink and teal being carried. Also, gun metal hardware, rivets and studs are on trend accents for spring and fall.  The Treesje bags are distinctive for their hardware touches. Studs, metal looped zipper pulls and belt buckle closures are signature touches.  As for prices, the bags range for $98.00 (Sweet Little Goodies) to over $500.00 (carryalls).  The price of the bags reflects the workmanship.  This is not “pleather” all bags are made of genuine Italian leather.

Pictured: All Treesje handbags are made with genuine leather. (Photo: M. Hall)

I asked Laura about warranties on the bags, since the bags are not cheap.  She notes, “All our bags come with a 1 year warranty.  Look for the warranty card inside the bag.  If there is a problem with the bag, you can use the warranty.”  All repairs are done by the designers in their Culver City offices.   So how can you get Treesje for less? Laura says, “Look for sales at the retailers who carry the bags.”  Retailers include: Nordstroms, Bloomingdales, Saks,  Luna Boston and Kitson US.  The bags are also sold outside the US at retailers in Canada, London, UK and select stores in Japan.  For discounts, look for them on and of course, eBay. My best savings tip on these bags is to look for them at a great site called The Guiltless Purse.  They have the best discounts I have seen on these bags.  So look around a little bit, you can enjoy Treesje styles, but not pay retail 🙂  Watch for more Saks Treesje events across the US, and the deals offered there.


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.


  1. gih

    April 1, 2010 at 1:15 am

    maybe that would be expensive bag 'coz it looks so cool.

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    June 15, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Bags are often noticed when you are carrying yourself in a party or any function.So it is important to wear a nice suitable bag with it.Bright colors sound good through spring.Love the bags.

  3. Anonymous

    December 4, 2010 at 8:16 am

    I like it! This looks really nice, classic, hints of 70s, and the quality you mentioned.
    I bought a bag from Elzie Bag ( a few weeks before I went back to UK.

    I love the Elzie Bag! Actually I want to use them all! anyway, YOu have great taste in bags. *winks* 😛