Designers to watch: Rafé Totengco

Rafé Totengco of Rafé New York has mastered the art of the minaudiere. He mixes unusual combinations of rich materials to create sleek and sophisticated clutches, bags, and iPhone cases. From Italian leathers and watersnake to exquisite mother-of-pearl, his designs are beautiful and handcrafted.

Although Rafé is a New Yorker, he drawls inspiration from his exotic childhood and Filipino background. His collections are a blend of his love for the city and his roots. Rafé’s is a world traveler; his global perspective is reflected from season to season.  Spring 2014 is inspired by Rafé’s most recent trip to Peru. “The riot of color and texture that people wore on a daily basis was exhilarating, “says the designer.

It is no surprise Rafé has developed a cult following of celebrities and style icons. Here at team Olivia, we are proud to say we are active cult members. Rafé’s minaudieres are a prominent staple in our wardrobes. They are elegant and versatile, perfect for a black tie event or a Saturday night date. Olivia carries her beloved LIZELLE clutch all over town, including to the 2013 Accessories Council ACE Awards, where she received the award for distinguished style.

We cannot say enough good things about our favorite designer. Rafé’s minaudieres are timeless and will instantly update any look. They are an absolute must have!

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Based out of New York City, Bryn is the Fashion Director at OliviaPalermo.com. Bryn has had over six years of fashion and editorial experience, she was previously the Accessories Editor at Marie Claire. Follow Bryn on twitter and instagram @brynpoulos and visit her at www.brynpoulos.com.

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