EXCITING….launching our website and blog. Who are we? I am Jackie, the Creative Director of Jackie Karnavas Vintage Flower Handbags, in addition, I am a mom, a wife, a friend, a chauffeur, a cook, a housekeeper, grocery shopper, dog poop picker upper and finally a women who loves her chaotic, wonderful and funny life and all the challenges of balancing it.
My company is inspired by the fond memories of my mom, Babette, who died of breast cancer in January 1992. As much as I miss her daily, I feel lucky to have had such a strong mom who taught me to be true to my passions, to be independent and a survivor, and let fear be a positive motivator. She was my inspiration yet, she never knew how much I had learned from her, her mistakes, and her lessons, all which have resonated throughout my life.
Splashing back 30 years ago, the sweet smell of Hawaiian Tropic, Baby Oils, and Bain de Soliel, filled our backyard (of course – so did the Sun In and Lemon). My mom, sister Kathy, and her friends, and all of my girlfriends would be laying out by the pool – sharing the latest magazines, gossiping about what party or game we were going to that night and of course – what were we wearing! Boy those are some fond memories…My mom Babette, was an athlete; “A” tennis player, loved to dance, sing, and she used to swim for leisure, and oh, by the way – did I mention that she was a singer with hit records in the 50’s?
The day after my mom passed, I went back to her home with my best friend Dana, passing in the backyard, I saw out of the corner of my eye – one of her many flower swim caps – WOW, a bright spot at a miserable time. Twenty three years later and a treasured memory, have inspired my creation of these bags; not only do they add a spectacular splash of joy to any outfit, they are a “feel good” bag. Enjoy!!!