Monday, October 4, 2010

Design Updates

If you're a true LILL fan you know we're constantly releasing new styles, and I'm happy to announce that on October 11th we have not one, but two new styles to add to the lineup. Their names are Betsy and Zoe, and we're sure you'll find them both to be a great addition to your LILL wish list.

Betsy is our smallest accessory and it's perfect for carrying around your essentials- some money, an id, some chap-stick and your keys. It's slim enough to slip in your back pocket, and a clear window on the front makes is perfect for flashing your i.d. or public transportation pass on the quick.

Zoe is our newest messenger style bag, and it's accented with your choice of a black or natural colored webbing for the trim and strap. The interior of Zoe is made with our standard black nylon, and offers three patch pockets perfect for slipping in your phone or iPod.

If you're a diehard LILL fan you know that all of our styles are named after actual people!....and Zoe happens to be named after the newest addition to my family, my brother's Aussie wife, Zoe Windeatt. We're happy to welcome her not only to the family, but to Chicago, with a new style named in her honor. Check out our name behind the bag questionnaire to learn a little more about Zoe...

What's your favorite LILL style?
The Audrey Jane! It's a close tie with the Grace, but since Audrey Jane combines both style and practicality, I can't not choose her. I am forever struggling to reduce the amount of stuff I manage to carry around with me and with this little beauty on my wrist, I think I'd do pretty well to keep everything in its rightful place and not have my arm drop off at the end of the day.

Tell us about a unique or funny thing you always carry in your bag.
I have a picture of my parents on their wedding day and $10 in Australian currency. The picture is pure sentimentality (plus my Mum hasn't aged at all) and the Aussie dollars are a nice reminder of home.

Why are you most excited to have a LILL bag named after you?
It's such a lovely surprise since I was only talking with a friend about LILL last night... I'm totally thrilled to live on forever in name at LILL and I hope everyone loves the bag as much as I do.

If you could visit one place in the entire world, where would you go?
That's a tough one! Europe for sure.

Any pets?
None at the moment, though anyone who has met me will attest that there is a 90% chance that when I'm 80, I will be the old lady who does nothing but feed squirrels all day. My husband Matt and I are planning on having a couple of dogs in a few years.. but until then, if you can't find me I may have wandered off to look at squirrels.

If you could have dinner with five people, living or deceased, who would they be?
I'd have to say my closest family members. I'd be too in awe of any famous people to be able to hold a decent conversation.

What's your favorite movie or TV show?
My guilty pleasures, Teen Mom and Cheaters. Living in America has done terrible things to my TV viewing preferences.

Who's your favorite celebrity? Ever met anyone famous?
I've never met anyone famous, but I'd love to meet the hosts of Top Gear.

What's a superpower you wish you had?
Super strong night vision - I am forever bumping into things, falling up and down stairs or tripping over my own feet. I am a walking bruise.

What's the last great book you read?
The Passage by Justin Cronin was incredible - a nasty bat virus from the South American rainforest + secret government research = mutated humans with row after row of needle sharp teeth and less than one hundred people left alive in the world.. and the power is going out. Yep, it's as creepy as it sounds.

Who would you consider to be your hero or mentor?
My mama.

Have a favorite food or recipe?
Salt & vinegar chips... and everything Italian!

Any hobbies?
My greatest vice is online shopping - and my most long-lasting hobby would be playing video games. I'm an only child, so I've always been able to entertain myself pretty easily.

-Mandy Rogic
Design Director

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