In the Bag

Local handbag designer Laura Nelli has been on fire lately—opening her shop-within-a-shop at the tony L’Atelier bridal boutique, appearing in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine (not to mention O, among others over the past years). She’s been a best for us for a lonnnng time here at Minnesota Monthly.

So imagine the delight that’s rippling through the social media community with this announcement: Nelli is hosting a clutch-a-day giveaway during the month of October! Like she says, it’s 31 reasons to love the month. And who doesn’t want to go into fall fashion with a new handbag?

All you have to do is fill out a teensy little form on Facebook—one time—and get entered to win. One handbag from Nelli’s fabulous 2012 collection will be given out each day to a lucky winner. Sounds pretty painless to me, with a big payoff. You can even register in September—the contest opened today!

Never seen Nelli’s work? They’re perfect piecss for weddings, special occasions, or just a cute fashion day out on the town. She hand-makes each one with quality materials like silk charmeuse, silk taffeta, grosgrain ribbon, and linen. No detail is missed, and I always love her cute striped ticking linings. You can get cozy over at