New Vintage’s artistically enhanced vintage designer bags take Las Vegas by storm.
Born in a Summerlin Coffee Bean just over three years ago, New Vintage is the brainchild of creative mind Stephanie Ponder and entrepreneur Candace Easdale. The duo takes new or preowned designer bags and adorns them with custom artwork, trinkets, tassels and embellished straps—and the results are out of this world. We tapped Ponder for insight into the design process, unique creations and what’s next for the brand. $327-$2,700
How did the idea for New Vintage come about? I played around with one of my old handbags, adding some fringe, charms and used one of my old belts as a crossbody strap. I met Candace for coffee one day and showed it to her. She flipped and thought it would make a cool business. The next week New Vintage was born.
How does the process work? Under your creative direction, we will come up with the design for your bag. Once all the details are hammered out and we receive your bag, the magic happens. We send you photos of the finished product and ship your bag back to you.
How do the designs enable self-expression? Fashion is one of the first ways we communicate to people who we are without words. Some people are shy and less bold, with monochromatic oral designs, while others are loud and bold, with skulls and crossbones. The art they choose for their bag expresses their personality and tells a story.
Tell me about some favorite creations. We were asked to include a woman’s hair in the design. She was a breast cancer survivor and wanted to incorporate everything she had collected on her cancer journey.We placed a lock of her hair in a necklace locket that was passed down to her from her mother (who passed away from breast cancer) and made a charm.
What’s next for New Vintage? We’re currently building out our office space into a Soho-vibe design studio [set to open mid- September] right off the Las Vegas Strip.