There aren’t many people who get their most brilliant ideas while filing their taxes, but for fashion stylist Agnes Baddoo, that annual April slog spurred a whole new career as a designer. As she remembers, “I kept all my receipts in this great, beat-up bag of my mom’s. I took it out to do my taxes, and I had this moment of realization that I should just make a new one of my own.”
She wasn’t exactly starting from scratch—after years of styling BFD shoots for the likes of Vanity Fair and Vogue, her aesthetic eye is sharp as a stiletto. With that original bag—a boxy tote in thick leather—as a template, Agnes started working with hide experts to sample and tweak the 2.0 version to fit her needs, adding a slim outer pocket and elongated straps. “I knew that if I was going to be making one for myself, I should make several in case anyone wanted to buy one,” she recalls, and after selling out the first batch in two hours in 2013, it was pretty clear she was onto something. Since then, she’s debuted a crossbody version and introduced the original in a whole range of creamy-dreamy tones—all sure to last at least until your W-2 for 2050 lands.