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save the dates for 2018 events & promos!

2018 holiday events and promos at Holland Cox!

 

I hope to see some of you locals at my upcoming events this holiday season! But don’t worry if you’re not from around here, you can always shop online. First up is the launch of my fall collection, which happens this Thursday!

There will be new versions of everyone’s favorites, the 517 totes and the crossbody bags. You can also get a head start on your holiday shopping, as the new collection includes the extremely gift-able neckties and the best-selling button scarves. (You are probably going to want to get at least one of the new scarves for yourself…I totally won’t tell anyone!)

If you are already on the Insider’s List, you’ll see all the new goods first, plus you’ll get an email from me that morning with a coupon code for a special introductory price on the new collection. Subscribe now if you haven’t already!

 

 

new hand painted button scarf coming to Holland Cox

 

November 17 & 18 will bring me to Bethesda, Maryland for Urbn Market’s Holiday Pop-up Shop at Bethesda Row! I’ll be there both days (11 am – 4 pm) with so many other local makers, you will definitely want to check it out.  Here’s the Facebook invite for more information!

 

The following weekend, for Small Business Saturday (November 24), I’ll be at the first-ever District Rebel Market in Washington, DC. We will be at Union Market from 11 am – 5 pm, and there’s lots going on at the market besides shopping! It will be a perfect antidote to the “black Friday” scariness. Visit the website for details!

 

Next up, I’ll be heading back to Richmond for the Richmond Craft Mafia’s Handmade Holiday Show! I have lost count how many of these awesome shows I’ve done with the RCM ladies, it never gets old.

This year I will be there on Sunday, December 2 only, although the show is still two days. Check out the Facebook invite for details.

cassandra crossbody bag in red and black

 

On Tuesday, December 4 the biggest sale of the year begins at Holland Cox! Everything will be on sale (including items from last season that are already marked down).

Fun fact for y’all who might be new around here: aside from the special introductory price on brand-new stuff (that only subscribers to the Insider’s List get), most of my products NEVER go on sale, except at this time of year…so it’s kind of a big deal! Make sure you are subscribed to the list so you get notified of the coupon code ASAP that morning!

 

The finale of the holiday season will be my anniversary party and trunk show, where I will be celebrating 14 years of designing and making for Holland Cox! If you’d like to attend, you must be a subscriber to the Insider’s List, and indicate that you live in the DC area to receive an invitation.

It will be an afternoon of sweets, champagne, and shopping, hosted by one of my best friends and customers, and will be great way to finish off another awesome year!

In addition to the big sale that starts December 4, I’ll have special promotions at each event as well, so it will definitely be worth it to shop in person! Hope to see you at least once in the next few weeks!

xox
Valerie

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the most wonderful time of the year: fall preview

It’s that time…the best time of year for dressing well! I’m talking about fall, of course.

You guys…I LOVE the summer and I LOVE warm weather, but there’s something about fall fashion that makes me swoon. It’s my favorite time to get dressed, and my favorite time to design for.

Soon, you’ll see all my love in the shop!

 

the andromeda button scarf in gray and blue

 

A new batch of my best-selling button scarves, featuring new fabrics, new paintings, and new stitched motifs (like “andromeda” shown above).

Some will be lined in flannel to be cozy and warm, and some will be lined with linen, for a lighter weight way to feel happy and stylish. Last year we had 70 and 80 degree days well into November, so there’s no reason to think that won’t be true this year…you might as well be prepared either way!

Most people don’t know this, but I do actually make awesome stuff for guys, too. I’ll be adding a new batch of handmade neckties to the shop this fall as well!

 

stitched, handmade neckties from Holland Cox in red, black, gray, and blue from Holland Cox

(The neckties are stylish and colorful enough for ladies too, of course.)

I will also be adding new mini-collections of my most recent handbag styles, the 517 totes and the crossbody bags. I’ve gotten so much great feedback on both styles, I can’t wait to show you the new motifs and new fabrics! One of the crossbody bags is going to be in the same delicious pewter metallic leather as the sheba wrap belt, check it out:

the sheba crossbody bag in pewter metallic leather

 

As always, subscribers to the Insider’s List get to see the newest designs first, and always enjoy a special introductory price on the newest collection. Sign up here so you don’t get left out!

 

 

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elevate the everyday

I believe the otherwise-mundane things you use every day should be pretty and colorful, and make you feel happy and confident.

the small perfect pouch from Holland CoxIf you carry a big bag every day, you probably have several little pouches inside to organize all your daily essentials. I hope you are not settling for something plain or “neutral”!  You deserve something that reflects your personality and style, and I’m willing to bet you are neither plain nor neutral on the inside.

 

The perfect pouch will soon have several companions, starting with the small perfect pouch shown above.  It can fit much more than the few things shown here, but I wanted to give you an idea of scale. Mine swallows up my sunglasses as well as lots of other bits of handbag detritus, in the cutest way possible!the perfect pouch family from Holland CoxIn addition to the small perfect pouch, the mini pouch and the 19th street wallet will soon be available as well, individually and it lovely gift sets. Get on the list to be notified when each new item gets added to the shop!

 

The 19th street wallet is a slim, double sided card case that I have been making for at least a decade…I must have made thousands of them by now (that is a lot of blind stitching)! The 2017 version is a tad bit bigger, so you can fit more cards/cash/what-have-you inside, and is made with heavier fabric on the outside, to guarantee a longer life.

the mini perfect pouch from Holland Cox

The mini perfect pouch is my evolved change purse…a bit bigger (actually big enough to keep your 19th st wallet inside if you like), and with much more style and personality. These are so cute, I’ve been giving them away as little prizes for my best customers, and gifts to anyone I want to impress. Next time you need to stock up on hostess gifts, get a stack of these instead of cheap wine from the grocery store!

The small perfect pouch is coming out first, but soon there will be a whole family of perfect pouches the main collection. Subscribe to the Insider’s List so you don’t miss the big debut (and you don’t have to pay full price on your favorites)!

 

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adventures in NYC

A week or so I ago, I went to NYC with a friend to spend the day in the garment district…y’all know me, so you know it was an all day affair that included a dozen (or so) stores.

One of them was Global Leathers, where I picked up this lovely stash of pretties:

 

 

Not pictured is a large handful of red scraps and a skin in an absolutely gorgeous pewter metallic. The last several days have been all about my sketchbook and daydreaming ways to use this (and the other goodies I picked up in NYC) to make pretty things for you! Stay tuned.

 

 

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save the dates!

2016 holiday happenings at Holland Cox

 

I have lots of plans for the coming holiday season, and I don’t want you to miss out on any of it!

First up: NPR’s All Crafts Considered is happening Tuesday, November 15. It’s a free event full of local artists, music, and tasty treats. Drop by NPR’s HQ at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE from 3pm – 8pm to join us!

Next, I’ll be launching a mini-collection of handmade accessories especially for gentlemen on Wednesday, November 23. Only subscribers to my Insider’s List will get notified, and get a special introductory price on the mini collection. Get on the list now so you don’t miss out!

 

fabric watch rolls from Holland Cox

 

I’ve gotten so much lovely feedback about the button scarves, that I will be introducing a new set designed especially for winter on Monday, December 5. Wait until you see the gorgeous fabric I’ve found!

Also happening December 5, is the first day of my holiday sale, the biggest of the year and your best chance to get beautiful handmade gifts for your family, or something bold and bright for yourself! Stay tuned for the code you’ll need to take advantage of the sale.

As always, Insiders will see the new goods and hear about the sale first!

 

button scarf with hand painted detail from Holland Cox

 

That Saturday, December 10 will be my annual Anniversary Party & Trunk Show, where I will be celebrating twelve years in business, and sharing champagne and sweets with local friends and customers! Only subscribers to the Insider’s List will get the invite, so get on the list now so you don’t get left out (make sure to check the box that you’re a DC/Virginia/Maryland local)!

My final event of the year, and your last chance to see Holland Cox in person, is the GRUMP holiday show, on Saturday, December 17. GRUMP will be happening 11am to 5pm in the Crystal City Underground, and is pretty much guaranteed to be unlike any other shopping experience. See you there!

perfect pouches from Holland Cox
 
 
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fall 2016 preview: evolution continues

evolution collection handbags from Holland Cox

 

I’m just a few days away from launching my next collection, and I wanted to give you a little preview!

I’m always looking to create accessories to wear and use that elevate the everyday. I believe the things you use everyday should be worthy of your daily attention, and that something doesn’t have to be plain to be practical.

The six handbags at the center of the collection are all designed with that Holland Cox philosophy: they are bold, bright, and ready to make every outfit you wear with them an escape from the ordinary.

(I can’t wait to share all my styling ideas I have for each one!)

 

button scarf with hand painted detail from Holland Cox

 

Six new button scarves are on the way as well, this time designed especially for fall, and lined in soft and flexible essex linen. The linen/cotton blend gives them just enough weight to wear comfortably during those autumn months that can’t decide between hot and cold.

The button scarves feature bold prints, shine, and one-of-a-kind stitching to elevate all your favorite outfits into something outstanding. You’ll never fade into the background wearing Holland Cox!

 

fabric watch rolls from Holland Cox

 

My best selling gift from last year was my fabric watch roll, so of course I made you a brand-new batch! These make amazing gifts, perfect for the gents (and ladies!) you know who take their watches very seriously.

I’ve stitched and painted on denim and canvas to create unique fabric worthy of storing your precious cargo…is waxed canvas or (ugh) nylon really good enough for you & your time pieces?

 

perfect zip pouches from Holland Cox

Finally, the collection is rounded out by six of my perfect zip pouches. Since I started designing and sewing accessories more than a dozen years ago, I have made literally hundreds of zip pouches in various shapes and sizes. I can confidently say that this one is my absolute favorite. I can’t wait to show them all to you!

Subscribers to the Insider’s List will see the full collection first, and will enjoy an exclusive introductory price.

 

Get on the list and don’t get left out!

 

 

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coming soon to Holland Cox

coming soon to Holland Cox
the all-new zip pouches in progress

 

Very soon I will have new work to share with you! I am in the middle of finishing up my next collection, which will include new, bold and bright iterations of the fashion and travel accessories I like to make the most.

I’ve been making things under the Holland Cox label since 2004, and over the last few years, I’ve retired quite a few designs. The ones I’ll be sharing with you next month are the few that I’ve decided to keep!

The Holland Cox brand and product line has changed significantly over the years, but it is still evolving, perhaps more this year than ever before. There will be completely new styles later this year, but next month is all about new versions of old favorites.

 

Holland Cox hobo bag in progress
hobo bag in progress

 

If you’ve seen my Pinterest boards lately, you’ll know that I am obsessed with denim more than usual these days. While apparently ’80s-style acid wash is in again (ugh), my deep abiding love for the classic, dark indigo blue will probably never die.

I’ve been having lots of fun drawing, painting, and stitching on denim to make it completely my own, and I can’t wait to show you the fruits of my labor!

 

Holland Cox watch roll in progress
watch roll in progress

 

Don’t you worry though, besides all the dark blue denim, there’s going to be plenty of red and purple in this next collection (and let’s be honest, all of my future collections for ever and ever).

In addition to the classic denim, I’m also using wool, twill, sateen, ultrasuede, metallic leather, essex linen, and of course the occasional cotton print.

Holland Cox hobo bag in progress
hobo bag in progress

 

Get on the Insider’s List to be notified when the new collection is available.  The things you wear and use the most should be awesome enough to be worthy of daily use, and that’s where I come in! As always, it’s my goal as a designer to create everyday goods for you that make you feel happy and confident, and make you look awesome, too.

Subscribers to the Insider’s List see the new collections first, and always enjoy a special introductory price. Click here to subscribe, and don’t get left out!

 

shell buttons destined for Holland Cox button scarves
buttons for my button scarves

 

 

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