REBEL YELL!

GG MAULL’S GRETCHEN MAULL BERGER IS TAK­ING AIM AT THE AC­CES­SORIES GAME WITH HER CHIC HANDS-FREE HAND­BAG DE­SIGNS. BY KRISTIN DET­TER­LINE

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GG Maull’s Gretchen Maull Berger is tak­ing aim at the ac­ces­sories game with her chic hands-free hand­bag de­signs.

Hand­bag de­signer Gretchen Maull Berger’s first love in the world of ac­ces­sories wasn’t hand­bags at all. “My par­ents al­ways tell a story about how when I was 4 years old I re­fused to wear any­thing but black patent leather Mary Janes for an en­tire year,” she says from a side­walk ta­ble at Parc on a windy day in June.

So be­gan a career in fash­ion that took this Bryn Mawr native to Italy, where she earned a master’s de­gree in shoe and hand­bag de­sign while work­ing at Mis­soni, and at ma­jor fash­ion houses in New York like Os­car de la Renta, Calvin Klein, and Juicy Cou­ture (“One sea­son I de­signed 450 hand­bags for Juicy,” she says).

All the while, Berger was fil­ing away the de­sign ideas that would form her own la­bel, GG Maull. Launched in 2016, the hand­bag col­lec­tion is a con­tem­po­rary mashup of luxe leather and python and Art Deco de­tails like her sig­na­ture triple­pointed di­a­mond.

For fall, Berger is dab­bling in laser-cut quilt­ing, moon­stone ac­cents, and in­ter­change­able hard­ware to turn a shoul­der bag into a belt bag in a snap. It’s this mar­riage of fash­ion and func­tion that fu­els her aes­thetic. “That was the whole in­spi­ra­tion for the Rebel Hol­ster,” says Berger, who now has a patent on the four-looks-in-one, du­al­shoul­der-hol­ster de­sign and counts celebs like Char­l­ize Theron among GG Maull fans. “Out­side of the tra­di­tional crossbody, there aren’t enough op­tions for stylish, hands-free bags.” Boyds, 1818 Chest­nut St., 215-564-9000; ggmaull.com

“OUT­SIDE OF THE TRA­DI­TIONAL CROSSBODY, THERE AREN’T ENOUGH OP­TIONS FOR STYLISH, HANDSFREE BAGS.” — gretchen maull berger

Above from left: Tiger’seye studs and cut- out de­tails add a dash of glam to the Hobo­hemian ($995) in Golden Gam­bler; for her patented Rebel Hol­ster hand­bag, Berger (in­set) looked to old-fash­ioned gun hol­sters for de­sign in­spi­ra­tion. “It was an al­ter­na­tiv

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