- Join us in supporting strong, smart and bold girls!
- NOV 16: One Day Pop-Up Shop Girls Inc. Benefit
- FashioNXT to feature BD503 Oct 9 - 12
- Celebrate International Day of the Girl
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- 2013 Girls Inc Power of the Purse
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- Liv Collection by BD503
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Join us in supporting strong, smart and bold girls!
We're excited to be supporting the important work of Girls Inc. of NW Oregon again this year at the Power of the Purse gala event on March 14!
Join us at Power of the Purse where we'll help raise funds for programs that inspire girls in our community to be strong, smart and bold. This will be our third year at Power of the Purse — this year, Bianca has teamed up with the first woman to serve as Oregon Attorney General, Ellen F. Rosenblum, to offer a special BD503 Satchel (pictured above) in the live auction.
We'll also have a selection of BD503 bags available before and after the auction with a portion of proceeds donated to support Girls Inc. of NW Oregon. Check out some photos from last year's boutique and an interview with Bianca here.
NOV 16: One Day Pop-Up Shop Girls Inc. Benefit
Portland - please join us for a special ONE DAY ONLY POP-UP SHOP HANDBAG SALE Nov. 16th 10AM-7PM with 20% of your purchases donated to support the important work of Girls Inc. of Northwest Oregon. We'll be offering pre-holiday discounts on everything including our newest bags, the Liv Warfield by BD503 Collection and even a selection of fabric totes and discontinued models at $20 and up.
FashioNXT to feature BD503 Oct 9 - 12
We're looking forward to joining the fashioNXT event again this year!
Join us for the runway shows and be the first to see our newest styles. We'll be offering special fashioNXT pricing including the Liv Warfield by BD503 collection and never before seen deals on some of our original sample inventory.
Celebrate International Day of the Girl
BD503 has been an active supporter of Girls Inc of NW Oregon's vital programs to inspire all girls to be strong, smart & bold. This year, fashioNXT is creating a very special evening Oct. 11 supporting Girls Inc and celebrating International Day of the Girl designated by the United Nations. Tickets include the evening's fashioNXT show with a portion of purchase supporting Girls Inc when you use code "Girlsinc1310".
Join us! >>> tickets
BD503 at Portland Fashion Week
We're excited to be featured at Portland Fashion Week September 12, 13 and 14.
Come by for discounts on our newest handbags including the Liv Warfield by BD503 collection and never before seen deals on some of our original sample inventory.
Schedule, more information at tickets here.
Posing with their favorites
This gorgeous group of friends came out to join is in supporting Girls Inc at Power of the Purse and posed with their favorite bags.
Annette went home with Liv Warfield by BD503 - Chainmail Clutch
We had a great time at Power of the Purse 2013 benefit for Girls Inc helping to support bold, strong and healthy girls.
Girls Inc Interviews BD503 Designer Bianca Pettinari
BD503 Designer Bianca Pettinari & vocalist Liv Warfield join forces to support Girls Inc. with their one-of-a-kind Power of the Purse satchel in supple black nappa leather with soft pleats, bridle leather accents, solid brass hardware, zebra print hair-calf handles and a detachable gold chain strap — Auction March 8th!
GIRLS INC. INTERVIEWS BD503 DESIGNER BIANCA PETTINARI —
We recently caught up with Bianca Pettinari, the creative mind behind BD503. Before launching BD503, Bianca designed collections for international brands such as: Donna Karan Collection, John Galliano, Coach, Blumarine, VPL by Victoria Bartlett, Blugirl, Bruno Magli, Costume National, Cole Haan, Hunting World, Calvin Klein, Etienne Aigner, Les Copains, Theory, Devecchi, BCBGirls, Hollywould, and DKNY. We are absolutely thrilled to have her return for the second year as a Power of the Purse designer.
What were the highlights of last year’s Power of the Purse event?
Participating in last year’s Power of the Purse was such a wonderful experience in every way. The biggest highlight for me was seeing each of the girls on stage and hearing what they had to say about how Girls Inc has had such a positive impact on them. Being paired with Dr. Lori Morgan was also a blast - we even did a fun photo shoot in the operating room at Emanuel Hospital. There are some photos from last year on our blog here.
What inspired you to be involved again this year?
It’s really all about doing whatever we can to help girls be strong, confident and smart. Girls Inc does such great work so we wouldn’t have missed it!
How did you originally get involved with Girls Inc of NW Oregon?
When I moved back to Oregon after living and designing handbags in Italy for almost 20 years, I saw some things that seemed to be missing in the world of fashion - the combination of made in the USA with environmental sustainability but where women could carry a handbag and never walk into a party and see someone else with exactly the same bag... I launched BD503 to fill that gap. Once we launched BD503.com, I started looking for ways to give back and support girls and women in our community and was happy to find Girls Inc.
This year, you are paired with Liv Warfield. What can you tell us about your collaboration and purse design?
Yes, Liv Warfield! Liv is not just an incredibly talented vocalist and songwriter, she’s such a gracious person who really loves fashion and bold, individual style.
I first met Liv back in October and we really hit it off. I remember we had a long conversation about creativity in fashion and how so many women are tired of standard-issue style. Liv is such a creative person that I knew she’d be fun to work with so we decided to make a collection of handbags inspired by Liv’s passion for life, music and fashion. We were proud to have Girls Inc as our community partner at the launch event for the Liv Warfield by BD503 collection in December.
For Power of the Purse we created a really cute silhouette with soft pleats and used supple black nappa leather, zebra print hair-calf handles and a detachable gold chain strap. We wanted to do something unlike any of our other bags that would also be great for every day or for a special night out. We’re excited to reveal it at the auction!
Will we get to see any of the Liv Warfield by BD503 collection or your other bags at Power of the Purse?
Yes! People can also support Girls Inc by stopping by the boutique area of the event. We’ll have lots of handbags, including the Liv Warfield by BD503 collection, there with proceeds going to benefit the important work of Girls Inc.
As a designer, what advice would you give to girls on pursuing their passions, becoming a designer or even starting their own business?
Work hard. Do well in school. Learn to draw really well. Travel as much as possible. Keep going after what you want no matter what. After studying at Pratt and FIT in New York I was determined to work in Italy so moved there... I was young, alone in a foreign county and barely spoke the language. I studied at Polimoda and Centro Formazione Professionale and when I finally landed a job, after some really tough times, I was designing for Donna Karan Collection. Just stay focussed and go after what you want!
What is the best advice you received when you were becoming a designer?
In my 20’s I managed to get a meeting with a very powerful man in the NY fashion industry and asked his advice about designing in Italy. He just laughed at me, really hard, and told me I’d never be able to do it. That just made me even more determined!
What has been the greatest challenge of being a designer for an international brand?
In addition to our BD503 line made here in Portland, I still work designing for Italian, Asian and American brands. The biggest challenge is probably the commute to work!
The most rewarding?
Even after all these years it still surprises me when I’m in Italy, Hong Kong or in an airport somewhere and see women carrying bags I designed or see them on the pages of the big fashion magazines.
Designer Bianca Pettinari's BD503 and vocalist Liv Warfield join forces to support strong and healthy girls
Designer Bianca Pettinari and BD503 are proud to be supporting the important work of Girls Inc. of Northwest Oregon again this year.
Participation in the Girls Inc. Power of the Purse fundraiser last year was not only really fun but also helped raise over $244,000 to support girls in our community. Bianca designed and donated a one-of-a-kind BD503 Satchel made of supple repurposed napa leather with dramatic alligator that created a lot of excitement at the auction (check it out here).
This year, Bianca has teamed up with vocalist Liv Warfield and their very special Power of the Purse handbag is just about finished. Stay tuned here and on our Facebook page for news and updates.
We'll also have many other bags, including some of the LiV Warfield by BD503 collection, available to purchase at the event to benefit this fantastic organization.
Power of the Purse 2013 is on March 8th — Get you tickets today!
Kim in Vancouver, BC writes, "I love my BD503 bag!"
We just received this nice note from the lovely Kim in Vancouver, BC along with a picture of her and her favorite BD503 handbag:
"Hi Bianca and BD503,
I love my BD503 bag! It is gorgeous and seems to go along with everything I feel like wearing. it's a perfect shape and size and it is beautifully made.
Thank you! - Kim"
Thank you for writing, Kim! We're so happy you like it!
Singer LiV Warfield & BD503 Designer Bianca Pettinari to Launch Limited Edition Handbag Collection (press release below photos)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Singer LiV Warfield & Designer Bianca Pettinari Launch Limited Edition Handbag Collection
Portland, Oregon USA - November 20, 2012
Talented singer and songwriter, LiV Warfield, a rising star and member of Prince’s New Power Generation, and international accessories designer Bianca Pettinari, will unveil their LiV Collection by BD503 line of exclusive handbags on December 12th.
LiV remembers, “After my performance on opening night of FASHIONxt in October, I left the stage and before taking my seat to watch the runway show, I was drawn to a fabulous quilted leather bag with stingray handles in the BD503 booth. I told them I was not leaving without it!”
“The designer, Bianca, and I talked about fashion, creativity and that so many of our friends are tired of standard-issue style. They want something unique, well-made and savvy, but with a little edge. A handbag that’s beautiful, different and one-of-kind... just like they are. That’s what the LiV Collection by BD503 is all about!”
“First LiV’s powerful voice blew me away.” Bianca reflects “Then I was struck by her beauty and incredible style. We really enjoy working together and have a lot of fun developing the collection. It’s truly exciting to work with someone as creative as LiV. I lived in Italy for 20 years designing collections for brands like John Galliano, Donna Karan, Theory and Coach. With the LiV Collection by BD503, we’re making the bags LiV and I have always wanted to carry.”
The LiV Collection by BD503 includes shoulder bags and clutches with signature details and exotics inspired by LiV’s passion for life, music and fashion. Hand-crafted in Portland, Oregon, each bag has its own distinctive character and style. “By making everything in America and sourcing repurposed leather here and in Italy, we’re also giving women a more environmentally sustainable choice” Bianca said.
The collection will be available to the public at 12:01AM on December 13, 2012, at www.BD503.com.
Invited guests and media will preview the collection with LiV and Bianca during an intimate celebration on December 12, 2012, sponsored by FASHIONxt.
“We are proud to sponsor this event because the collaboration between LiV and Bianca emerged from the convergence of exceptional brands at FASHIONxt,” said Tito Chowdhury, Executive Producer of FASHIONxt, recognized by Time magazine OCT 15 as the leading fashion event outside of New York City.
LiV and Bianca have high expectations for 2013 including adding new styles and a branded community engagement plan to help build awareness and raise funds for charities supporting women and girls.
For interviews or Press access to the December 12, 2012, preview event contact: David Haines, BD503: david@BD503.com or (347) 709-2247
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About Liv Warfield:
LiV Warfield, a native of Peoria, IL, has one of the most distinctive and promising voices in alternative R&B soul. Currently, LiV is performing with Prince and the New Power Generation. The power and strength of her voice is penetrating and immediately demands attention. So much that she also can be heard singing on Prince’s 2010 album called “Lotusflow3r”. LiV is prepping to release her second album in 2013 following up her debut album entitled “Embrace me," which was released in 2006. Her debut was comprised of sexy radio-ready tracks and easy-listening ballads. LiV has the ability to expertly pair emotive poetry and lyrical storytelling amidst the soundscape of solid instrument laden grooves, which she concludes with a live recording of the epic jewel called “Brother Man. To Warfield, Embrace Me is a gift for all to enjoy.
About Bianca Pettinari and BD503:
Bianca Pettinari is an international accessories designer who lived in Italy for over two decades developing collections for leading global brands. An Italian citizen who grew up in Oregon, Bianca studied at Pratt Institute and Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City before continuing her studies in Italy at Centro Formazione Professionale and Polimoda International Institute of Fashion Design.
Bianca has designed collections for international brands such as:
Donna Karan Collection, John Galliano, Coach, Blumarine, VPL by Victoria Bartlett, Blugirl, Bruno Magli, Costume National, Cole Haan, Hunting World, Calvin Klein, Etienne Aigner, Les Copains, Theory, Devecchi, BCBGirls, Hollywould, DKNY and now ... BD503.
Bianca founded BD503 in Portland, Oregon after relocating from Italy. BD503 is an innovative brand offering handbags distinctively handmade in the U.S.A. BD503 is environmentally sustainable with each individual bag being a true original. BD503 is growing wholesale accounts nationally and offering its accessories to the public on their website, www.BD503.com.
BD503 Website: www.BD503.com
Media contact: David Haines, BD503
david@BD503.com (347) 709-2247
FASHIONxt is produced by, Tito Chowdhury the former Executive Producer of Portland Fashion Week the second-longest running fashion week on the West Coast. FASHIONxt presents fashion forward lifestyle on the runway and the lifestyle plaza. FASHIONxt showcases the exquisite upcoming season collections of nationally and internationally known designers and the creative edge in lifestyle technology and brands. FASHIONxt is a sustainable production thanks to the generous support of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). FASHIONxt will receive verified/certified Carbon Offsets, Renewable Energy Certificates ensuring that only green energy was used in association with this event and Water Restoration Certificates.
KPTV-FOX 12: Liv Warfield & Bianca Pettinari discuss new handbag collection on Good Day Oregon
LiV talks about the Liv Warfield by BD503 collection launching 12:01AM Dec. 13, 2012
SLOAN offers BD503 in Charlotte
The ladies of lovely Charlotte, NC can now find BD503 Handbags at SLOAN - the store Elle Magazine called "One of the top boutiques in the country" (read Elle article).
Stop by and see Coutney, Jill and the fantastically stylish staff at SLOAN.
Coutney has selected some great BD503 handbags and clutches including a few of our favorites like the F15 Clutch Faina (here) and the Clutch Cristina (here).
Special Order Stingray Satchels - now in production
>>> Contact us to inquire about special ordering your own Stingray Satchel
Television interview with BD503 Handbags founder and designer Bianca Pettinari
BD503 Handbags founder and designer Bianca Pettinari interviewed by reporter Sandra Cervantes on Univision's KUNP / KATU ABC while being featured at FASHIONxt.
Many thanks to our lovely friend, Sara Osheroff, for helping us spread the word about BD503 Handbags in this interview.
Time Magazine Oct.15, 2012 on newsstands now
Pick up your copy of the October, 15th Time Magazine to read about FASHIONxt where BD503 Handbags is featured this week.
BD503 designer talks fashion and business with Mayor Sam Adams
Just off the plane from Italy, designer Bianca Pettinari talks about fashion and the importance of BD503 making all of our handbags locally in Portland, Oregon with Mayor Sam Adams at FASHIONxt.
Singer LIV WARFIELD XOXO BD503
We had just finished this new Bullet and brought it to the FASHIONxt event where BD503 is being featured. We didn't even have a chance to name or photograph it before we left and with its quilted nappa leather, belting details and stingray handles it was getting a lot of attention just off the runway.
The beautiful LIV WARFIELD kicked off the runway shows performing an original song - Liv has the most powerful, incredible voice and hottest style ever. She fell in love with this new bag and had to have it - so we named it after her!
Learn more about Liv Warfield here.
Some details about the Liv Warfield Bullet:
- Supple black nappa leather with signature quilting
- Leather belting detail & Magnet snap top closure
- Large exterior pocket with YKK zipper
- Black & white plaid cotton lining
- Interior zippered pocket + wall pocket
- Handles of blue Stingray with black leather
- Matte black hardware
- Detachable black leather strap
BD503 Featured at Atlanta Apparel Mart
We're excited to be showing at the Atlanta Apparel Mart Oct. 11-15.
BD503 will be featured in the Premeire Collections, booth 336, right off the runway.
If you're a retailer, please stop by say hello.
BD503 handbags adds lovely boutique in Tennesee
We're very happy to announce the newest addition to our BD503 retail partners... the lovely boutique Embellish in Chattanooga, Tennesee.
Please stop by and see Terri and the wonderful staff at Embellish (www.embellishshoes.com). They really have selected some great BD503 handbags and clutches for delivery next week including one of my favorites, our Clutch - Carla (see Carla here).
NEW F15 Clutch just added
Check out the new F15 Clutch just released >>> here.
The F15 Clutch was added for those looking for a smaller bag with enough style to be versatile and take them just about anywhere. Speaking of versatility, most F15's also convert from a clutch with the strap attached at the fold to a vertical, flat bag by simply attaching the strap at the top.
Take a look at the detail and enlarged photos to see little surprizes like one where the main bag has a thin black and white stripe lining but the under-flap pocket has bright canary yellow lining, or our friend Sophia's current obsession ... the one with a wide racing stripe of red water snake on black nappa leather.
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BD503 now available at chezElle in Charlotte, NC
We've added another wonderful BD503 retailer in the South. Stop by and see Laryn and her team at chezElle in Charlotte, North Carolina and check out their new bags if you're in the area. We're happy to be working with them to bring one-of-a-kind handbags, 100% made in America using re-purposed leather, to the stylish women of Charlotte!
TWO NEW STYLES COMING — Here's a sneak-peak at a few of the new bags.
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BD503 now available in Philadelphia!
BD503 handbags are now available at the fantastic store Joan Shepp in Philadelphia! Be sure to visit Joan, Ellen and their wonderful and very stylish team to see their selection and incredible store if you're in the Philadelphia area.
New Stingray Satchel special order just completed!
BD503 Satchel Exotic raises over $3,000 at auction benefiting Girls Inc.
Bianca and David on the Power of the Purse runway with Dr. Lori Morgan as the brilliant girl from Girls, Inc. modeled our bag and spoke about the importance of supporting girls. We are proud to have been a part of helping Girls, Inc. raise over $244,000 to fund their programs to nurture strong, confident girls.
BD503 Studio Jumpsuits have arrived for Spring!
Our friend and BD503 Master Zipper Technician, Evan Landman, stopped by the studio to model our new summer studio jumpsuits.
BD503 debuts over 100 new bags at the Power of the Purse gala!
This was a really fun event where 100ʼs of people had the ﬁrst chance to own one of our newest bags and beneﬁt Girls, Inc at the same time. Many thanks to the wonderful Joslyn Cooley who helped customers ﬁnd just the right BD503 handbag!
BD503 Alligator Satchel Exotic is ready for auction!
Weʼre looking forward to the gala and auction at the Portland Art Museum. This Satchel Exotic in dramatic black louisiana alligator with dark blue nappa recycled leather and black bridle leather trim and handles (converts from a shoulder bag to satchel!) — will soon be sold at auction to beneﬁt Girls, Inc.
...a great time at the Power of the Purse photo shoot with Dr. Morgan!
Bianca and David supervise as Dr. Lori Morgan and our Girls, Inc girl give the special satchel (and a new Stingray Clutch!) a post-op exam in the O.R.
BD503 to support the important work of Girlʼs Inc. at Power of the Purse Gala
Weʼre excited to be producing and donating a special edition satchel to beneﬁt Girls, Inc. Itʼs already been fun being paired up with Dr. Lori Morgan and one of the fantastic Girls, Inc. girls. Hereʼs an early sketch of what Biancaʼs dreaming up - Dark blue nappa recycled leather paired with dramatic black louisiana alligator... Learn more about Girls, Inc. here (http://www.girlsincnworegon.org/?q=node/99)