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Handbag Heaven

Anthony Luciano’s couture handbags are works of art. He first began his business by taking vintage and antique purse frames and handles and putting on new luxurious fabrics, like velvets, satin, fur, and beading, giving these pocketbooks new life.

Anthony has expanded his luxury goods business and creates purses with skins, leather, laser cut fur, feathers, and bakelite for the handles. Some handles are bejeweled, and are for both day and evening, with all his creations handmade and hand appliqued with his trademark penny for prosperity sewn into each design; all done in his New York studio. Do you have a vintage bag, perhaps your Mother’s or Grandmother’s that has seen better days? Anthony invites you to bring the bag to his studio and create a new look. Now, if only they could talk and tell the tales of their past lives.

His creations are available at Neimans.



Sparkle Plenty

Hassan Bounkit was at Tootsies recently to show his newest line of gorgeous gems. He attributes his elegant and exotic color combinations and unusual settings to his Mediterranean background, Moroccan history and design and deep love of nature. Hassan studied in Florence, and has worked at several design houses including Ferragamo, Nicole Miller, and Arnold Scaasi. He moved to New York, where he designs and makes three collections a year.

Mixing stones, with wood, and beads, his pieces are luxe and unique. They have caught the eye of celebrities worldwide. and are each a statement piece. They are also convertible with pendants that attach to necklaces and dangles that can be added or removed from earrings that will take you from day to night and outfit to outfit.
Available at Tootsies.



Houston Philanthrophy

Confidence in the Future for the IMPACT GALA

James and Jenny Calloway, Y Ping Sun, James Fallows, Alex
and Astley Blair, and Catherine Mosbacher

“We have confidence in Houston’s Future,” James Fallows stated at the annual Impact Gala hosted by the Center for Houston’s Future. CHF Leadership Forum Alum and Rice University Representative Y. Ping Sun led the conversation with Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic and author of China Airborne. Questions were also taken from the more than 350 people in attendance at River Oaks Country Club. Chaired by Alex and Astley Blair. the annual gala kicked off with the exciting announcement of the winner of the inaugural CHF IMPACT Award, Bill Boyar, which recognizes transformative community leadership. The other finalists were Sylvia Mayer and Ruthanne Mefford. James Callaway, Chairman of the CHF board, flew back from Argentina to be a part of the evening, introducing Fallows. Chevron was the presenting sponsor for the event.


One People, One World

Dr. Mark Kline, David and Mary Ann McKeithan, Jim Daniel, Margaret Alkek Williams,
Dr. Eric Orzeck, Dorothy Bolettieri, Leisha Holland Nelson

Photo by Kim Coffman

Over 300 supporters attended the One People, One World Gala .led by Chairman Leisa Holland Nelson and Honorary Chairmen Mary Ann and David McKeithan, there to- support Medical Bridges’ important mission to recover medical surplus that would otherwise be discarded and redistribute them to hospitals, clinics and healthcare providers in less fortunate countries. Guests walked through a mock up of the containers used to ship supplies and saw photos of the many countries where supplies are shipped and the grateful recipients. The ballroom was elegant with gold, black, a touch of red and several old world globe centerpieces, tying back to the international theme. The Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Dr. Eric Orzeck, who has directed several trips to Guatemala with Medical Bridges and worked tirelessly for the organization. Medical Honoree Dr. Mark Kline physician-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital, chair of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and the founder of Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children's Hospital (BIPAI) and Community Honoree Margaret Alkek Williams, for her philanthropy and support of the many health care organizations in our community. William’s remarks said “We truly are One People, One World and I fully believe that if you help just one person, you make the world a better place.” She spoke of the critical need to send these supplies to those that need healthcare and continue the outreach. Dorothy Bolettieri, President and CEO of Medical Bridges, said, “Raising the funds tonight to prepare the containers for shipment, each of which costs $15,000, is critical to directly saving lives in many countries. We are grateful for the response and support tonight.”


These are a few of the events on the HHH calendar!

October 17
L.K. Bennett at the Galleria
Shopping, light bites, and spirits
5:30-7:30 p.m.
10% of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Theta Charity Antiques Show

October 17
CancerForward event at Saks

The HHH winner of 2 tickets to the event is Susan Bynam

October 18 -21
Texas Contemporary Art Fair

October 23
Tootsies hosts local jewelry designer Kathy Bracewell for a trunk show showcasing her line Agate Ranch + Marfa. Guests will shop for a cause while enjoying delicious canapés provided by Rosemary’s Catering. The trunk show will kick-off Casa de Esperanza’s 2013 gala, Building Hope for Children. A percentage of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the organization.

Dress4Dinner at Saks with Badgley Michska

October 23- 25
Casa de Novia Bridal Couture will host a Palazzo trunk show and designer personal appearance Since establishing Palazzo Bridal, designer Jane Hamidi has received rave reviews for her ability to create gowns for modern women and their personal style.