One to Watch: Sord

Raised by a single mom with serious artistic chops in picturesque Woodstock, N.Y., Sage DeLisio—the youngest of six siblings—knew she'd find herself in a creative field some day.

It was just a question of which one. So DeLisio hit the road, her natural passion for travel bringing her as far as Japan and Bali, where she stitched her first satchel in 2002.

But New York occupies a special place in her creative process. "[I appreciate] the grit and simplicity of real fashion in New York," explains DeLisio, who recently relaunched Sord, her collection of subtly chic handbags and leather accessories, after shuttering her fashion boutique upstate.

"I feel an essence of one's spirit comes through in what you wear while traveling—even for just a few nights in New York," she says. "You have to be functional and super simple; able to switch up your plans depending on where the day is taking you. The magic of travel comes with being flexible."

Flexibility—or, perhaps more accurately, functionality—plays an important role in DeLisio's collection, which consists of perfectly proportioned totes in butter-soft leather, smart zip-around clutch bags finished in bold printed patterns, and fringed tassel pouches all fashioned by hand in the designer's upstate studio.

"It's the simple tote that translates through time and place," DeLisio says of the collection. "The clutch that can accent an outfit, or double as a stylish traveling cosmetics bag...I am striving to create a line inspired by travel and movement."

The bags may be inspired by movement, but with their combination of practicality and luxe design details, they will surely appeal to gals who are on-the-go themselves.

Check out more of Sord's creations at her Etsy boutique.

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