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Elina Casell teams up with Mia Bossi to create a gorgeous new line of handbags.

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Elina Casell has teamed up with Mia Bossi on a line of handbags, including the Ella ($495).

For Elina Casell, fashion blogger and flawlessly dressed wife of Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, it was never a question of if she would design her own line, but when. The perfect opportunity popped up when she met Janet Mandell, creator of luxury diaper bag company Mia Bossi (whose fans include Halle Berry and Kristin Cavallari). “The idea of a collaboration came about organically,” says Mandell. “With my manufacturing resources and Elina’s creativity, it was a combo I could not pass up.” The five-piece collection—which is locally sourced and produced in Pilsen—amps up the style on classic silhouettes by emphasizing texture with cowhide and snakeskin, and the result is trendy yet perfect for everyday. Love these pieces? Keep an eye out for more, Casell says: “This is just the beginning, so stay tuned.”