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South suburban native designer launches new handbag collection

Brian Atwood's Carlclutch $1385 Gilt.com is made with water snakeskin.

Brian Atwood's Carla clutch, $1,385 on Gilt.com, is made with water snakeskin.

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Updated: May 16, 2012 6:02PM



Did you know one of the world’s hottest shoe designers is from none other than Joliet?

Brian Atwood — whose luxury footwear has been worn by celebrities such as Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez, Drew Barrymore and, most recently, Jennifer Lawrence at a “Hunger Games” premiere — attended Joliet Catholic Academy (where he became besties with Melissa McCarthy of “Bridesmaids”).

Atwood is branching out with a new handbag collection, which was just launched on Gilt.com and features water snakeskin clutches in vibrant shades of green and pink. Prices range from $1,050 to $1,850. The collection will be on sale roughly until the end of April. To shop Gilt.com, you must register first (though it’s free and takes a mere 20 seconds).



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