I met Cathleen- designer and mastermind behind CNicol- some years ago when we were both studying Handbag Design at the London School of Fashion. It was a really nice bunch of ladies and we all bonded very much. Our teacher Ann Saunders was amazing, peaceful and energetic. It might sound a weird combination but she is just like that. We learnt a ton with her!

Cathleen at that time was already working on her project. She had very clear ideas of what she wanted to do, where she wanted to reach, where she would produce, the brand and her aesthetics. Since then I have seen her working nonstop, growing bit by bit, pushing forward, posting Instagram photos, launching the website.. this is what happens when you have a project that feels like a life mission. I know it very well.. It is what I feel about Eushopia. It is kind of my baby!.

Today it is a big day for her.. She is in New York. Not touring around but presenting her handbag Pippa to the jury of the Independent Handbag Designer Awards. Yes! She is a finalist already and I am praying and sending mantras to the Universe for her to win. I learnt about these awards thanks to the book of Emily Blumenthal- Handbag Designer 101. She created the Yasmeena and the Yazzy bags.. cute, small and practical handbag (literally!) that went totally viral when Sarah Jessica Parker wore it in one of the chapters of Sex in the city.( boy! How I liked that series!.. I wish any Tv producer reads this post and decides to do another one, .. This time based in Dubai, why not? I am in!).

Emily actually decided to support independent handbag designers and created the Award. I follow it every year. Creativity there is raw, there is no boundaries about pricing, materials, strategy or other lines.. you just have the most beautiful bags. Period.

So, I want you to join forces with me and the Universe to see CNicol handbag winning this award. She deserves it and I will be a proud friend!


Go Cathleen, Go! Go Pippa, Go!


Araceli Gallego