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The Story

Mary Lai is a New York based designer with a handbag collection that merges high quality with ultramodern edge. She studied at the Mason Gross School of the Arts and has spent the past decade honing her craft in the New York fashion industry. After working for several coveted labels and building up these brands, she decided to pursue her dreams of designing from her own point of view.

Since launching MARYLAI NEW YORK at the end of 2012, she has won the Independent Handbag Designer Award in June 2013 for the Best Handmade Handbag and the American Express OPEN Rising Stars of Fashion Award in August 2013. Mary enjoys bringing her vision from concept to completion and exposing The Grit behind the Glamour. She is an artist and designer that loves showing the process of making her bags in New York’s Garment District by local artisans (including herself). She creates handbags which are a work of art that women can connect with emotionally. She uses a heart shaped logo on every bag to represent her brand story - to follow your passion and vision as an artist.

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Mary Lai does it all: Design, craft, even a bit of modeling (for her own collection, at least). In addition to being an excellent designer, she is also a stellar craftswoman who is committed to showing…
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