Blake Lively already tried her hand at designing a dress, but her latest design venture is a lot more personal. With eight-month-old daughter James as inspiration, the former Gossip Girl star has helmed a new leather bag for her lifestyle site Preserve, and in a very fashionable tribute to her baby girl with husband Ryan Reynolds, she’s called the bag James.
The leather ’James’ diaper bag costs $1140 and is made from luxe Horween leather and lined with a premium plaid fabric, with a brass zip fastening that was hand-selected and imported from Switzerland.
An extra special touch for Blake, who welcomed little James in January, is that the bag was crafted by Sandast – the same company who supplied the actress with handbags in her latest hit The Age of Adaline.
The actress opened up about her decision to create a diaper bag, explaining that she wanted to bring a touch of her own personal style to the design.
“I didn’t want a diaper bag that I would not carry if I wasn’t a mama,” said Blake in a statement. “I still wanted to be me.
“We loved the bag so much that we wanted to make them for more mamas. This bag will last a lifetime. That’s what it’s built for.”
It comes as no surprise that Blake has named her new design after her daughter – she has previously admitted that she always takes James into consideration when making fashion choices.
“Since I’ve been 16, I’ve been like, ’My child will love this pieces from Forever 21’,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “They’re never going to want it, but that’s why I’m happy to have had a girl because I have a lot of things I’ve been hoarding with the excuse to pass it down to her.”
It’s not the first time Blake has turned her attention to fashion design – the star also revealed she had created a dress for Preserveearlier this year, debuting the gown on Instagram.
“I may not be able to draw worth a lick, but I am proud of this dress I co-designed with Amour Vert for @preserve_us ,” she wrote alongside a photo of herself wearing the pretty dress. “You better send me pics if you buy it! I want to share your photos!! #PRSRV so I see it…”