Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year is called Living Coral. It’s more of an orange than a coral, but an orange that has a softness to it. Pantone describes it as “an animated, life affirming shade of orange with golden undertones.” It’s a happy color, one that Pantone says “symbolizes our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.” Months ago, when we selected our new spring/summer color— one we call HC Orange—we had no idea what the Color of the Year would be. But we knew we loved this soft orange shade, one that can be worn with so many colors in our wardrobes. And yes, it does spark joy, something we think is important when choosing a handbag. Trust us—it will make you smile each time you carry it.
A potential customer contacted us asking whether our braided handles, a Hanner Clarke signature, stretch out over time. It’s a great question and one that many of you may also have. The answer is no. The braids maintain their length and shape. They are tightly braided by hand, making them strong enough to carry a fully packed purse, while sitting securely and comfortably on your shoulder. The secret lies in the pairing of a highly skilled artisan, who does the braiding, with exceptional leather of the finest quality. We’ve carried our bags, filled to the brim, for several years, and we can assure you the handles are the same today as they were on day one. Try them out for yourself and see!
Style blogger extraordinaire, Beth Djalali, is always on point with fashion tips, trends and useful advice for women of all ages. Her recent post, How To Transition To Spring, is full of helpful suggestions for changing up your color palette as we move from winter into spring. We love her ideas and especially appreciate how she has paired our Evelyn in Palest Pink with her navy and pink ensemble. Check her blog post out at “how to transition to spring” at styleatacertainage.com. And if you aren't already following Style At A Certain Age, online and on social media, you really need to do so. You’re sure to enjoy her thoughtful and informative posts!
Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring! And we at Hanner Clarke are more than ready. We’re excited to soon be bringing out our spring and summer colors; some will look familiar, while others will be brand new. Please stay tuned. There’s nothing like a pop of color or a soft pastel to get you in the mood for the sunny days ahead. Let the picnics begin!
By now, you’ve likely heard there may be a shortage of candy hearts this year. You know the ones we mean—the tiny pastel ones with little sayings (often referred to as “Sweethearts” or “Conversation Hearts”). But whether or not the shortage materializes, play it safe this Valentine’s Day by giving her (or yourself) a gift in our London Bus Red. Long after those candy hearts have disappeared, your red bag will be there. The perfect color for Valentine’s Day, Christmas or the Fourth of July, London Bus Red has you covered!
The last 10 days have been a weather roller coaster. Down here in the South, we’ve ranged from our coldest days of the year to record high temps, all in the span of a little more than a week. We move from hot chocolate or coffee to ice tea and back again! Luckily, our taupe EJ goes seamlessly with us. It’s the perfect neutral and the perfect size, no matter the weather.
Jane was excited to attend the University of Southern California’s Athena Entrepreneurship Summit on behalf of Hanner Clarke. The event celebrated women business leaders and their entrepreneurial journeys. Featured was GOOP CEO Gwyneth Paltrow, goop.com, as well as executives from Hello Sunshine, a media group founded by Reese Witherspoon, hello-sunshine.com. Each of the panelists and discussion leaders reiterated an important point—that businesses are started to solve a need. That certainly rings true to us. Hanner Clarke was started to offer women a luxury Italian leather handbag, made in the USA at a reasonable price, that would take women from the board room, to the soccer field to the grocery store, a bag that is both feminine and professional. That was and is our vision. We hope you love our bags as much as we do, and ask that you send us your comments (and pictures carrying our bags) at firstname.lastname@example.org. We appreciate you!
We’re excited to share this photo of one of our new bags, which will be debuting soon on the website. We’ve added a new leather color—hunter green—and have added exciting new embossed snake accents in a range of hues. Our Theresa has been updated to add our signature handbraided strap, a request we heard from many of you. As we move into cooler weather, these gorgeous bags will be the perfect complements to your fall/winter wardrobe!
We are thrilled that two style icons, Beth Djalali of Style at a Certain Age and Lisa Hale, aka The Silver Stylist, each featured Hanner Clarke handbags on their blogs this week.
Beth featured our pale pink Evelyn on her blog post, Summer Style on Repeat, styleatacertainage.com, and Lisa featured a collection of our British tan with giraffe print calf hair on her blog post “A Little Floral and Giraffe,” the-silver stylist.com. Please check out their posts featuring Haneer Clarke, and if you are not already following these women on social media (blogs, insta, Facebook and Pinterest)—start following them now! They are awesome! Each has a distinctive sense of style, and each provides her readers with a wealth of style and lifestyle advice. We’re so proud to see them carrying Hanner Clarke!
Between the two of us, Jane and I have so far sent five children off to college. It’s a bittersweet moment. You’ve spent 18 years preparing them to live independently. And then off they go.
Ty Hanner, Jane’s third son, moved into his dorm last week. He’s attending the school of his dreams, a result of his innate talent and his incredible work ethic. We’re all so proud of him and can’t wait to watch him play quarterback at M.I.T.
And we love that Hanner Clarke t-shirt he’s wearing! If you want one, too, let us know!