FOF handbag designer Wendy McMongle is giving away her luscious, leather convertible “McCarthy” handbag (retail value: $329) in brown. Enter to win by leaving a comment below answering: How many bags do you rotate between?
“You only need one bag but you want more,” says Wendy McMonigle, the brilliant FOF behind WM Design House. With that idea in mind, Wendy created an entire collection featuring convertible handbags, all of them can function as two- or sometimes even three-bags-in-one. There are shopper totes that expand into weekenders, satchels that open to totes among other clever creations.
Wendy got the idea two years ago when she was traveling. “I thought wouldn’t it be nice to just take one bag?”
Wendy who went to school for dental hygiene, says by having “a very creative mind” and being “in the right place at the right time,” she landed a position working on private labels for major retailers such as Nordstrom.
Using connections she had come across working with Nordstrom and others she met through networking groups in Los Angeles, Wendy linked up with a pattern maker and began sketching her multi-functional dream bag. She found an L.A.-based manufacturer that made it a reality. Her first run of bags was manufactured in L.A. but later she outsourced manufacturing to Asia.
Wendy’s husband David also has a hand in her handbag business. “David does all the marketing, advertising, social media, financing and inventory control,” says Wendy. “He lost his advertising job due to the economic downturn and that’s what kind of fueled the fire for us to start.”
While only officially launching six months ago, WM Design House handbags are already sold in many upscale boutiques including Fred Segal in Santa Monica and the shop at The Peppermill Resort in Reno, NV. “We are starting to make our way across the U.S.,” says Wendy. “Slowly but surely.”
Wendy says FOFs are particularly drawn to her handbags. “They are multifunctional and work for our busy lives,” she says. “There are smaller bags that turn into bigger bags, bags that have removable cross-body bags. They will work for the office, if you’re out to dinner or for a day of shopping.”
Enter to win a convertible “McCarthy” handbag from WM Design House by leaving a comment below answering: How many bags do you rotate between?