VON HOLZHAUSEN. Having made what may seem like a dramatic transition from designing luxury automobiles to designing luxury handbags, Vicki von Holzhausen insists that the two are actually much more similar than one might think. First and foremost, luxury materials are essential to each, with quality leather and hardware serving as the foundational elements of the design. Second is that, in both cases, this design must negotiate the sometimes conflicting demands of form and function. As von Holzhausen relates, “It’s all about problem-solving, from how to hold a clutch to surprising elements for the girl on the go.” With her line, the designer proves her mettle, striking the perfect balance between a refined sense of style and an intelligent approach to design.