Extraordinary Designs Black Handbag Luxury Travel Bags Made in Italy

To encounter Lola Banjothe black woman who founded the line of Italian-made luxury handbags and travel accessories, Silver & Riley.

It was during his travels that Banjo realized how difficult it was to find a functional, stylish, high quality and affordable travel bag. Recognizing the highly profitable gap in the market, Banjo sprang into action and Silver and Riley was born.

A self-described “citizen of the world” who has traveled to over 100 countries and counting, Banjo knows a thing or two about what makes a bag extraordinary. From an early age, Banjo’s engineering mind was driven to build things better. From toys, kids, to travel and style handbags, as an entrepreneur, her bags are built with a unique perspective of ergonomics and style.

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With an MBA from Emory University and studies in Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy, Banjo’s background set the stage for the launch of Silver & Riley. Before studying commerce and launching her line of luxury handbags and travel accessories, she studied math and materials engineering at Rutgers University and earned her Master of Science in Financial Engineering. at New York University (NYU).

Banjo travels to Italy once a month to visit the factories where its bags are produced, to ensure quality and construction. Silver & Riley is proud to be one of the premier lines of black women-owned luxury handbags and travel accessories with versatile, versatile function and unisex style the industry has yet to seen.

“Just as I am a global citizen, my goal is to make Silver & Riley a global brand,” Banjo said. BLACK CORPORATE.

“I already receive orders from South Africa, Dubai and all over Canada. These customers pay high customs fees, if they value my bags so much, I know there is room in the market for Silver & Riley to be everywhere.

In the luxury handbag market, it is common to create products based solely on style and not usability. It was a gap that Banjo was determined to close.

“Most high-end fashion brands don’t care if you really need to use this bag, it just has to look good,” she said. “They focus on what’s trending, what looks hot, and what’s hot right now.”

“My goal as a designer is to show people that you don’t have to compromise! You can have both. I bridge the gap between style and function.

Silver & Riley has just announced two additional sizes and styles of the Convertible Executive Bag and has brought Vanessa Simmons along help with the beginnings.

“I am beyond thrilled to be working with Silver & Riley and founder Lola Banjo,” Simmons said. BLACK CORPORATE.

“Lola designs beautiful pieces that stand the test of time. Quality, function and style are important to me when investing in bags and Silver & Riley delivers without exception.

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With a continued increase in black designers taking up space in the luxury fashion market, Banjo is still aiming to see more support for black women-owned brands.

“There is a great opportunity for black female designers to experience similar mainstream success, and I would really like to see more support for us,” Banjo said. “I’m proud of brands like Hanifa, Fe Noel and of course Rihanna’s Fenty, but we need more!”

“Black creative women do our work every day and deserve to be uplifted too.”

Adding to Banjo’s empire and legacy, Silver & Riley aims to amplify Black women entrepreneurs through their Buy1Give5 initiative. Under the program, five percent of all total sales go to other female entrepreneurs to help them start, grow or scale their business.

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“To date, Silver & Riley has been able to award grants to 27 black women in business, from consulting, accounting and healthcare to fashion and beauty,” she said. .

“In the final round, we received 977 applicants and were able to award $10,000.”

The entrepreneur draws inspiration from her late mother, who ran several businesses, including a jewelry store and a bakery, while still supporting other women in her community with small monetary “grants” whenever she could.

“My mother died 20 years ago and to this day I still have people who tell me, ‘your mother helped me open my shop’ or ‘she helped set up my cart, so so that I can get out of the sweltering sun when I sell my wares.

“I’m so proud of this initiative and can’t wait for it to grow,” she added.