Between her PR prowess and her dedication to giving back, Maxine Kozler Koven truly does it all. A seasoned PR and marketing executive, she moved to Los Angeles five years ago with her husband and two sons. Alongside her work in PR and as a venture capitalist, she is also a yoga instructor and volunteer for The Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica. In the midst of a busy schedule, Maxine always allows for family time - it was during this precious time that she discovered Hammitt.
"This past April 2017 I was at the Moxy Children's Science museum in Santa Barbara with my mother and my 4 year old son on spring break.
Several times I saw this woman walk by with one of the sharpest handbags I had seen in a long time. It also went across her body which was even more attractive on a week of walking around Santa Barbara with a 4 year old.
After seeing her for the third time I had to stop her and ask who made the bag and where she bought it.
It was the Roxbury Cross Body Bag by Hammitt. Maybe once a year I actually stop someone to ask about something specific they are wearing that I don't recognize. I even took a picture of the bag and logo so I wouldn't forget because I was that obsessed with it already.
Two hours later I was on the phone with my husband who was back in LA finishing up business before he met us in Santa Barbara. He said they had just booked the first panelist for the panel he was hosting for Fashion Digital LA on May 6th, 2017. The panelist was...Tony Drockton of Hammitt.
I was amazed at such a coincidence. Clearly I was destined to have that Hammitt bag."
Now, not only has Maxine adopted her own Hammitt, she and her husband Andrew Koven have collaborated with Tony Drockton on The BizFix podcast, sharing insights about how mentorship, focus and enthusiasm built Hammitt. We're so glad they did, because Hammitt bags were absolutely made for women like Maxi.
You can listen to Maxine, Andrew and Tony's interview on the LDR Ventures website.
Our first Hammitt celebrations started out small and intimate. With close friends, vino and a few favorite bags, we managed to create a best-kept secret that couldn't stay contained for long. Soon, friends of friends were sharing the scoop, creating the most sought-after shopping event in the South Bay.
Beach season is officially here - it's a time when many of us are working and playing hard to stay our best, mentally and physically.
We're honored to have world class athletes in our Hammitt family, and many depend on their Hammitt bags for busy schedules. Blogger Olivia Rink, a former cheerleader at the University of Kentucky, knows a thing or two about fitting fitness into a demanding day.
No matter what she does, Olivia has a talent for looking perfectly put together. There's nothing like heading to the gym feeling confident and clear-minded, without the need to scramble for spin class.
From the gym to the juice bar, Olivia's Jared bag has plenty of room for her workout essentials. Plus, it looks polished and professional for office wear, so she doesn't need to switch bags or lug another duffel along.
Another blonde bombshell, Sasha DiGiulian travels almost constantly in search of the world's most challenging climbs. Between early morning grinds and international flights, she packs for ultra-full days, slinging on the Daniel to keep it all together.
When we chatted with Tamara Waterston and found out she was heading on a cruise through Europe, our first thought was...is their room in your suitcase for us, too? Understandably, she picked a travel partner that didn't even need to be packed - Instead, Daniel was up to the task of carrying her essentials through some of the world's most beautiful cities.
Here are some snapshots Tamara sent back from the dynamic duo's travels:
📍 STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
📍 COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
📍 TIVOLI GARDENS
📍 COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
📍 DINNER ON THE CRUISE SHIP
📍 TALLIN, ESTONIA
Shop Daniel in Haze/Block/Brushed Silver here.
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There's one thing we're reminded of each spring as the weather warms and flowers bloom: Mama knows best. In honor of Mother's Day, here are five truisms we've learned straight from Hammitt moms themselves!
1. Life's easier when you go hands-free.
Inevitably, there will be hugs, messes, cheers, sniffles, pick-me-ups and dance parties. Why not embrace it all with arms wide open?
2. A full tote means a happy tot.
Mary Poppins had it right with her magic carpet bag: a tote, satchel or shoulder bag full of sweet necessities is the key to any successful family outing.
3. Comfort is key for chasing kiddos.
Chances are, you've done some chasing and cheering in your days as a mom - and you know that from family vacations to sporting events, comfort is key for long days on your feet.
4. Great style is an heirloom.
Start 'em young when it comes to great style, and they're sure to thank you for years to come.
5. It's ok to take a breather.
By nature, you're a nurturer, but you know that sometimes motherhood calls for a little R&R. You deserve a few fun pieces for when weekends roll around!
Santa Monica style blogger Jenny Plog recently made us do a Hammitt double take by pairing her Jesse sandals in Coast with a Paul cross body in Cognac and gold. While these spring staples are fan favorites alone, they complement each other to create a polished yet casual look.
Scroll down to see three other riveting combinations we're dreaming up as the weather gets warmer.
Backpacks aren't just for kids headed back to school. Forgoing the canvas and cartoons, we designed the sleek Mikey backpack for active Angelenos - and women like them everywhere (not to mention some stylish dudes). Here are 5 local landmarks we can't wait to explore with Mikey in tow:
Griffith Park: And the most stylish hiker award goes to...
LAX: There's nothing like a roomy, hands-free personal item - that holds your laptop.
Disneyland: Trek around the world-famous amusement park with your essentials safely stored.