By Mickey Hightower
The world of Reagan Charleston is marked with staggering elegance and beauty, an inherently fabulous and enigmatic quality that makes this jewelry and handbag designer an IT girl. Reagan truly possesses enough glamour to attain this status, attending fêtes throughout France and walking the runway for charitable organizations, all while her pieces are being seen on celebrities such as Rose McGowan and Dascha Polanco. However, she is proving that she will evolve past that coveted title and secure longevity through her savvy, determination, design aesthetic, and intelligence.
It was the shark teeth that first drew attention to Reagan’s eponymous accessories line. Sterling silver and bronze-dipped teeth were made available as pendants on chains, stackable rings, and earring studs. At once edgy and delicate, these early pieces have come to symbolize the balance that all her designs share. Ferocity meets femininity, something you can see carried on into her Leone, Carousel Tiger, and Medusa collections. Reagan excels at designing pieces that show you don’t have to be dainty to be beautiful, there’s so much beauty in strength and that’s a reflection of her own personality.
The Leone holds a particularly special place to Reagan personally and in the Reagan Charleston collection. It is an homage to the majestic marble lions that sat at the gates of her grandparent’s French Quarter art gallery, a place where Reagan’s refined artistry as a designer was cultivated through her education from and interactions with world-class metal artists. This knowledge, mingled with her natural style and taste, is why Reagan’s jewelry line has thrived since its inception and why her expansion in handbags and clutches are following suit. In leather, lambskin, and American alligator, Reagan fashions impeccably crafted pieces to her exact specifications. Lined with a supple suede, these decadent creations are a triple threat because they also feature her iconic Leone hardware in sterling silver or bronze. The Toulouse tote in Stardust, a shimming metallic in silvery gold, will be a must-have for this season and a brilliant addition to any handbag collector’s closet. Just as one sits now in Reagan’s own closet, a design that is totally unique and true to herself. There are no gimmicks or trend infatuation present in her collections. Just jewelry and handbags that is authentically Reagan Charleston’s vision