On the first day of New York Fashion Week, I sat next to two people at the Meskita show carrying the cutest hippo purses. They turned out to be Sasha Iastremska and Yuriy Zubarev, the founders of the PLOOSH Luxury Toy Collection – a line of fab adult animal purses for risk-taking fashionistas who refuse to grow up. When you were a kid, you never left home without your favorite stuffed animal. Now, PLOOSH purses can bring you the same joy and comfort that your favorite teddy bear gave you so long ago.
The collection centered around giving adults the opportunity to relive their childhoods while exploring their fun, free-spirited personal style, first came onto the accessories scene during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami in 2013. Each line features various versions of handcrafted, enchanting and sophisticated hippo and elephant handbags.
PLOOSH purses are are made solely with genuine leather imported from Italy and decorated with Swarovski crystals. Each handbag is one-of-a-kind. The PLOOSH DownTowN collection released in 2014 offers edgier, more accessible animal purses made with relaxed fabrics and faux leathers. The collections are sold at luxury retailers such as Henri Bendel along with boutiques and e-boutiques throughout the United States.
As a child at heart, I love the notion of playful luxury. But, what I love most about these adorably chic purses is that they are total conversation starters. I want one so bad!