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MEET THE DESIGNER: OAD NEW YORK

OAD New York
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It was clear early on that Sydney Suh-Lee would do her own thing. At the age of 18, when her family moved back to Korea after a stint in America, she decided to stay behind for her senior year of high school—all by herself. And unlike in sitcoms where teens live alone, get into trouble, and only eat Pop-Tarts, it went so well that the next year, she enrolled at Parsons. Fast forward twenty years—most of which she spent dreaming up accessories at companies like Kate Spade Saturday—and Sydn... READ MORE

It was clear early on that Sydney Suh-Lee would do her own thing. At the age of 18, when her family moved back to Korea after a stint in America, she decided to stay behind for her senior year of high school—all by herself. And unlike in sitcoms where teens live alone, get into trouble, and only eat Pop-Tarts, it went so well that the next year, she enrolled at Parsons.

Fast forward twenty years—most of which she spent dreaming up accessories at companies like Kate Spade Saturday—and Sydney’s flying solo again, this time with her own line of brightly colored, smart-in-their-simplicity handbags. Clean lines and geometry matter more to Sydney than most—she even chose the initials that make up her line, OAD, solely for their aesthetically pleasing shapes. In Sydney’s words, “It’s less about fashion trends and more about making things that are functional and pretty and that will make people happy while using them!” That quirky but somehow no-nonsense vibe shines in her supple leather satchels and crisp crossbodys, which are packed with practical perks like loops for pens and card compartments—great for high-school seniors and full-fledged grown-ups alike. —genevieve ang


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