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A good purse is hard to find. The factors when trying to buy a bag are dependent upon a couple factors. While some go for inexpensive and cute, others want something more expensive but of higher quality.

For those of you looking for a healthy mix, meet Ayana Evans.

She’s a fab New York City-based designer who creates handmade purses that are high-fashion chic, environmentally friendly and socially conscious. The Brown University-grad created her line of purses from a need she saw in the accessories world. A lover of leather goods and whimsical fashion, she found a great way to combine the two with Yana Handbags.

We spoke to her about her journey from teaching art class to creating hot purses.

Video by Wadzanai Mhute

And of course, we had to put our two cents in. Check out our favorite Yana purses on the next page!

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