Louise Vogel couture handbags at AANY sale

Beryl Gorbman
The Yucatan Yenta

November 27 and 28 2010 we will be treated to the third pre-Christmas sale by the AANY organization, the group that goes to villages and corners of Merida to locate and showcase local artists whose work you won’t see anywhere else. The artists will be at the show with their wares.

One of the artists in the upcoming sale is Louise Vogel, a well-known textile designer, who has lived in Mexico for 34 years. She’s a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology and Pratt Institute in New York. She has worked in Yucatan for thirty years, where she raised two wonderful daughters and worked with women in pueblos to produce the first available consumer henequen handbags which she sold at the Santa Lucia market for many years.

Now, Louise designs one-of-a-kind hand-woven henequen handbags in striking patterns and shapes. This past year, Louise has been showing henequen art pieces in juried fine art exhibits in Costa Rica, Mexico City, and Oaxaca.

The AANY crafts show this weekend is the best yet. It’s your chance to see high-quality crafts you won’t see elsewhere. It’s all in one venue at the Canaco (chamber of commerce) building on Avenida Itzaes at Calle 39, a few blocks south of Clinica de Merida on the west side of the street.

The show is Saturday November 27 (10-7) and Sunday November 28 (10-5). Get there early!

Here are some of Louise’s spectacular bags.

Since its inception, about three years ago, the tireless efforts of American ex-gallery owner Joan Farrell and her talented volunteers at AANY have combed the Yucatan for artists producing original work. Some of the artists have gone on to wide distribution and success. Thank you, AANY, for your wonderful efforts.

About BG

Beryl Gorbman is a writer and private investigator who divides her time between Seattle WA and Merida Yucatan Mexico. She has published two works of fiction, 2012: Deadly Awakening, and Madrugada. They are both available on Amazon and other outlets. Also at Amate Books, and Casa Catherwood in Merida. You can read about them in various articles on this site.
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8 Responses to Louise Vogel couture handbags at AANY sale

  1. Louise has wonderful stuff! I like her little boxes that she designs too. Her colors are dreamy. Great article.

  2. Debi says:

    ditto what Theresa said! I too love the boxes, if you can call them that; all shapes round, oval, rectangular, and square and all sizes with lids. She also has baskets, placemats, coasters, too much to to make it easy to decide!
    Thanks B

  3. suk banks says:

    BG, is it possible buy one next yr. Bc I won’t be there this holiday, let me know, tx

    • BG says:

      Yes, of course. You can always see Louise at her house. Let me know when you are coming and I will put you in touch with her. I’m so sorry you won’t be here this year!!!

  4. SW IN CA says:

    Nice bags.
    I don’t think I can make the sale.
    Does she sell on the internet?


  5. So┼ła Kralova says:

    Beautiful, elegant bags she is now creating for the exhibition at Canaco!

  6. There isn’t a wiser choice for a woman living at this latitude than to buy a handbag made of local materials. And it makes all the more sense when you’re talking about something made by a local someone as talented, and fair-minded, as Ms. Vogel.

    From what I’ve noticed as a non-handbag-carrying male, when I use anything made from a material ill-suited to the local weather, I usually end up wasting money and time.

    I’ve watched in horror as my leather shoes grew thick gray pelts of mildew.

    I imagine that leather handbags exposed to this climate behave in a similar fashion.

  7. OK, Gorbman, you’ve got a big problem on your hands.

    I went to the AANY crafts show and spent some quality time with Vogel’s merchandise.

    I tried being polite with Vogel. I tried reasoning her.

    I said, “Look, babe, you gotta get your ass to New York a.s.a.p. This stuff is fantastic. These bags are just the sort of thing that Vogue would love to feature as a ‘summer accessory’ — they’re gorgeous, they’re made from a ‘renewable resource,’ they’re made by indigenous women, and they’re perfect for taking to the beach. Just let the buyers at Macy’s or Barneys take a look at your stuff and they’ll snap it up and scream for more!”

    And Vogel said, “Well, blah-blah-blah. I don’t know. Blah-blah-blah. I’m not good at doing business. Blah-blah-blah. New York is so far away. Blah-blah-blah. I’m not good at selling. Blah-blah-blabbity-blah-blah-blah.”

    So, Gorbman, you’ve got to scamper over to Vogel’s house and when she answers the door you’ve got to grab her by her dear, little lapels and shake her until her teeth rattle and holler, “What are you? Crazy? You’ve gotta listen to Hugo de Naranja! The man’s a flippin’ genius, for cryin’ out loud. Get your ass to New York or I’ll hand it to you on a platter!

    You of course don’t have to literally hand Vogel’s ass to her on a platter.

    But make sure she gets on the goddamn plane.

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